Getty Images

Koo penalty earns Korea a draw with Serbia

Spoils were shared between Korea Republic and Serbia in Ulsan on Wednesday (AEDT), as Branislav Ivanovic notched a milestone for his national team.

FIFA International: Korea Republic 1-1 Serbia

Branislav Ivanovic made his 100th appearance for Serbia in a 1-1 friendly draw away to Korea Republic.

The Zenit St Petersburg player started and was withdrawn in the 68th minute of the match in Ulsan, where a Koo Ja-cheol spot-kick cancelled out Adem Ljajic's opener for the visitors.

Having missed out on a place at UEFA Euro 2016, Serbia responded emphatically by topping Group D of UEFA World Cup qualifying ahead of Republic of Ireland and defeated China 2-0 in its previous friendly outing on Saturday (AEDT).

Korea finished second in Group A of third-round AFC qualifying behind Iran to book passage to Russia 2018, Shin Tae-yong having secured qualification after replacing the sacked Uli Stielike in June. 

Shin handed Daegu FC goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo a debut from kick-off, while at the other end, Eibar shot-stopper Marko Dmitrovic also made his first senior appearance as a half-time substitute, replacing the experienced Vladimir Stojkovic.

There was a second Serbia cap for promising young Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but it was an established member of the squad who broke the deadlock in the 59th minute, Torino's Ljajic finding the top-right corner of Cho's net with a shot from the centre of the box. 

The lead lasted just three minutes, though, before Koo equalised for Korea with a penalty.

The match may be best remembered for Ivanovic's milestone, as the captain prepares to lead the team to the FIFA World Cup finals next year.

Looks like you are using an ad-blocker

to continue to provide you with unmatchable content, disable the ad-blocker