Football: South Korea dominate but manage only a 0-0 draw against Australia

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea dominated the opening match of the East Asian Cup against Australia on Saturday but had to be content with a 0-0 draw as they failed to capitalise on the numerous chances they created during the one-sided affair.

The July 20-28 four-nation event is organised by the East Asian Football Federation and features three teams who have booked their tickets from Asia for the 2014 World Cup Finals - South Korea, Australia, and Japan - as well as holders China.

Playing under new coach Hong Myung Bo for the first time and in front of a passionate home crowd in Seoul, South Korea were denied by the profligacy of their strikers and numerous saves by Socceroos goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic.

China, who will also be under a new coach after caretaker Fu Bo replaced the ousted Jose Antonio Camacho, will take on the continent's top-ranked side Japan, who have included all home-based players in the squad, on Sunday.