(World Cup) Ghana defeats S. Korea in final test before World Cup

MIAMI, June 9 (Yonhap) -- Ghana blanked South Korea, 4-0, on Monday in Miami in their final test before the upcoming FIFA World Cup as the African team held complete control of the game.

Ghana's Jordan Ayew scored the first goal 11 minutes into the first half at Sun Life Stadium, followed by fellow striker Asamoah Gyan in the 43rd minute.

Ayew scored two more goals in the second half, including one in the 44th minute.

South Korea showed weak performances on both the attack and the defense, despite its stated focus on tackling counterattacks that are a key strength of Russia, the team's first opponent in the World Cup in Brazil.

Both South Korea and Ghana will play in the World Cup. South Korea is paired with Russia, Algeria and Belgium in Group H. Ghana has drawn Germany, Portugal and the United States in Group G.

South Korea is ranked 57th in the latest FIFA rankings, 20 spots below Ghana.

The South Koreans will travel to Foz do Iguacu, their Brazilian base camp, and will open Group H action against Russia on June 17 in Cuiaba, about 1,120 kilometers north of Foz do Iguacu.

South Korea will be playing in its eighth consecutive World Cup and has won its opening group stage match in each of the past three editions.

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