South Korea had a penalty blocked at the end of a scoreless draw with Oman in a friendly at Al-Wasl Stadium on Tuesday.
South Korea was using the match to get acclimatized to the heat before meeting United Arab Emirates in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
Although the Koreans dominated, they did not make any meaningful charge on Omans goal barring a few initial moves by Park Chu-young. A free kick attempt in the 29th minute was well saved by Oman goalkeeper Ali Harib al-Habsi.
After Bae Ki-jong was brought down by Ahmad Hadid in the box, Ki Sung-yeungs penalty was saved twice by al-Habsi, who dived right to stop the penalty and to the left to stop Kis rebound attempt.
A win by South Korea against the Emirates will ensure it a place in next years World Cup in South Africa. The Koreans lead Group B in Asia with 11 points from five matches -- one point more than North Korea and Saudi Arabia, who have played six matches each.