South Korea reached the 2015 AFC Asian Cup quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Kuwait in Canberra on Tuesday.
The South Koreans made seven changes from the lineup that opened with a 1-0 victory over Oman, with injuries and illness forcing a reshuffle. Nam Tae-hee's first-half header was enough to give two-time champions a second win and six points in Group A.
The only goal of the game came nine minutes before half-time when Nam headed home a perfect Cha Du-ri cross.
Kuwait had a number of chances to equalise in the second half. But they are now out of contention in the tournament following back-to-back defeats. They lost 4-1 to hosts Australia on Friday.
South Korea move to Brisbane to face hosts Australia in the last group game on Saturday to decide top spot, when Kuwait meet Oman in Newcastle in a match that does not matter.