Wednesday, June 23, 2010

South Korea fights,draws and moves on..

6:30 PM GMT, June 22, 2010
Durban Stadium, Durban, South Africa

2 - 2
South Korea

South Korea clinched a place in the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time on foreign soil despite being held to a draw by Nigeria in their final Group B match in Durban.

The outcome sealed second spot in the group for Korea and a second-round match against Uruguay on Saturday in Port Elizabeth. Argentina, who beat Greece 2-0, topped the pool.

Scoring Summary

NigeriaSouth Korea
Kalu Uche (12')Lee Jung-Soo (38')
Yakubu Aiyegbeni (pen 69')Park Chu-Young (49')

Man of the Match: Park Chu-Young


  • Man of the Match: Park Chu-Young - A constant menace up front, he was South Korea's most inventive player and showed skill and vision in the final third. A great free-kick - which was the first goal from a dead-ball situation that was actually meant - gave him something to remember.

  • South Korea verdict: Fluent in attack, they created plenty of chances, but there are concerns about their defensive play. Cha Du-Ri was very sloppy for the first goal and the penalty was something the coach will not want to see again. They may trouble Uruguay in attack, but it could be a very open game.

  • Nigeria verdict: A few good first half an hour, they let the Koreans control the game too much which is why it slipped away from them. That said, the final ten saw them have at least three good chances to seal the win.

  • Could do better: Yakubu - He may have scored a penalty soon afterwards, but the miss beforehand was one of the worst in World Cup history. Four yards out, with an open goal, all Yakubu had to do was put the ball in the net, but his sidefoot slid wide. Awful.

  • Stat attack: For all of their attacking efforts, Nigeria only had two shots on target after Uche's goal in the 12th minute.

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