South Korea beat Kuwait to reach fourth round

South Korea squeezed into the fourth round of qualifying for the World Cup after overcoming a sluggish start to beat Kuwait 2-0 in Seoul on Wednesday.

The Koreans remain on course to qualify for an eighth successive World Cup finals after they grabbed the point they needed in their final Group B game against their 91st ranked opponents.

Kuwait hit the post before Lee Dong-gook opened the scoring for South Korea in the 64th minute. Lee Keun-ho then doubled the advantage six minutes later in new coach Choi Kang-hee's first competitive game in charge.

Choi was appointed after South Korea were shocked 2-1 by Lebanon in November which put their place in the 10-team fourth round in doubt.

However, victory on Wednesday meant they qualified for the March 9 draw as group winners.

The win also meant that Lebanon reached the fourth round as group runners-up despite a 4-2 loss away to United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.