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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 17:22 GMT 18:22 UK

Results and Reports
Stankovic leads Yugoslavia to victory
image: [ South Korean fans were less ecstatic about the result ]
South Korean fans were less ecstatic about the result

Yugoslavia 3 South Korea 1 (April 22)

Teenager Dejan Stankovic marked his full international debut for Yugoslavia with two goals in their victory over fellow World Cup finalists South Korea in Belgrade.

Dejan Stankovic fires two past South Korea
The 19-year-old, reported to have signed a multi-million dollar deal with Italy's Lazio, more than made up for a lack of punch in a Yugoslav team weakened by the absence of strikers Predrag Mijatovic and Savo Milosevic.

The Yugoslavs were outpaced throughout the first half by the South Koreans, who took the lead from their only scoring chance in the 14th minute.

Midfielder Choi Yong-soo's long-range free-kick was deflected by goalkeeper Dragoje Lekovic to Hwang Sun-hong, who scored from close in.

Mike Costello reports on the match [50'']
Stankovic and AC Milan's Dejan Savicevic, returning to the national team after a long absence, both missed good scoring chances in the first half, bringing whistles from the 20,000 crowd.

Yugoslav coach Slobodan Santrac replaced Savicevic with Darko Kovacevic at the interval to boost the attack. The move paid off with a goal only a minute after the restart.

Defender Sinisa Mihajlovic quickly found Stankovic who headed into the net, leaving the South Korean keeper, Kim Byung-ji, stunned.

But that was merely the beginning. In the 56th minute, Kovacevic hit the bar and a minute later Stankovic headed in his second goal after a Mihajlovic corner kick.

[ image: Slavisa Jokanovic, Yugoslavia]
Slavisa Jokanovic, Yugoslavia
The third came five minutes later when Slavisa Jokanovic squeezed the ball between the post and defender Lee Ki-hyung after a corner by Stojkovic.

Stankovic was substituted midway through the second half and left the pitch to cheers.

The pace slackened and South Korean substitute Park Kun-ha managed to scrape Lekovic's left post with a fine effort from close range.

Despite the win, Santrac demanded more effort. "We need a more aggressive approach," he said. "My players simply didn't run enough in the first half."

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