Hong Kong finished their final World Cup campaign under British rule on a sad note last night when they were thrashed 4-0 by South Korea at Hanbat Stadium in Taejon. The loss was made even more bitter by the injury to Instant-Dict forward Tim Bredbury, who was forced to leave the field in the 20th minute with a fractured toe on his left foot. He has been told to rest the injury for at least five weeks. The Koreans, cheered on by 20,000 fans, kept the ball at Hong Kong's end for most of the first half. Ulsan Hyundai midfielder Yoo Sang-chul opened the scoring with a penalty in the 25th minute after South China left-back Chan Wai-chiu brought him down. But Hong Kong team director Peter Leung Shou-chi reckoned Chan was fouled by Yoo first. 'Yoo pulled Chan and Chan fell over Yoo with his back. To me, it shouldn't be a penalty,' said Leung. Striker Choi Yong-soo, who missed the last two games because of national military duty, scored the second goal 15 minutes later, and the third in the 70th minute. Suwon Bluewings forward Park Kun-ha scored South Korea's last goal with a header in the 80th minute. Bredbury was disappointed by the loss. 'It was our final game and we really had to win. But we went out a bit too negative and too defensive. 'It was an unfortunate result. The Koreans were not as good as they used to be. 'They showed in their first game against us that their defence was not strong. We should have attacked more. I think the Koreans will struggle in the next stage.' Lone striker Dale Tempest said: 'The Koreans were physically stronger than us. We did as well as we could under the circumstances. When we lost the penalty so early, it was very difficult for us to come back. 'We had a few chances when Tam Siu-wai was through with only the goalkeeper to beat, and Wai Kwan-lung's header in the second-half.' Leung added South China reserve 'keeper Kevin Lok Kar-win was the man of the match saying: 'If it wasn't Kevin's outstanding performance, we could have lost a few more goals. We did not play well though we were not bad.' South Korea have already secured their place in the next stage of the qualifiers to the '98 World Cup in France. The Koreans are leading Asian Group 6 with three straight victories, against Hong Kong's 1-0-3 record and Thailand's 1-0-2. Korea will now face Thailand in Seoul on Sunday but the result will not affect the group standings.