Tuesday June 4th, 2002
South Korea vs Poland in Busan (2:0)
For the first time in World Cup finals history there were two host
South Korea hoped for their first World Cup finals victory in front of
the home fans and hopefully make history by qualifying for the second round.
Poland kicked-off from right to left and the first chance fell to
Jacek Krzynowek, who shot into the side-netting when clear into the left side of the area;
one of his favourite scoring positions at FC Nürnberg.
The game started slightly slower than the earlier Japan vs Belgium match, although Poland almost had a second
chance within five minutes.
The Korean fans filled the stadium dressed red and, like the Japanese,
were keen to provide a loud vocal encouragement to their players.
The first real chance for the home side came in the 20th minute, when
Yoo Sang-Chul shot across the face of an outstretched Dudek.
South Korea started to apply more pressure and took the lead in the 25th minute. Lee
Eul-Young played the ball into Hwang Sun-Hong who hit the ball first time to lift the roof
off the stadium.
Korea continued to take the game to Poland, who seemed to miss a
leader in midfield, and had a goal disallowed for offside in the 38th minute.
When the Koreans break through, Jerzy Dudek looks very vulnerable and
shows little movement off his line to narrow the angle.
Half-time: South Korea 1 - Poland 0
South Korea, who have played very fair and hardly committed any fouls,
started the second-half full of confidence. Poland on the other hand tried a similar move
down the left to the one that almost got them off to a good start and seem lacking in
The Koreans continued to apply the pressure and five minutes into the
second-half Park Ji-Sung was unlucky not to keep his shot lower at the far post.
In the 53rd minute South Korea took earned their second goal...... Yoo Sang-Chul runs
toward Tomasz Waldoch and Radoslav Kaluzny, then confidently shoots between them and past
Dudek Even the President of Korea is waving his hat, Korea are on their way to their first
ever win in the World Cup finals.
Seven minutes from time, Jerzy Dudek saved Poland from total
embarrassment by getting down to block Ahn Jung-Hwan's shot at his near post.
In this match, Poland looked totally disappointing and South Korea
very inspired, by their totally committed fans, and should feel satisfied with this
performance; a credit as co-hosts of the tournament.
Gus Hiddink must be proud too; being the only Dutchman at the World
A well deserved victory.
South Korea 2 -
Man of the Match:
What was his name again? - The whole team showed such will and discipline that it would be
cruel to single anyone out.
Jacek Krzynowek (32 mins)
Park Ji-Sung (71 mins)
Tomasz Hajto (80 mins)
Piotr Swierczewski (85 mins)
1 Lee Woon-Jae; 4 Choi Jun-Chul, 20 Hong Myung-Bo, 7 Kim Tae-Young; 22 Song Chong-Gug, 13
Lee Eul-Young, 21 Park Ji-Sung, 5 Kim Nam-Il, 6 Yoo Sang-Chul (14 Lee Chun-Soo - 62mins);
9 Seol Ki-Hyun (16 Cha Doo-Ri - 89 mins), 18 Hwang Sun-Hong (19 Ahn Jung-Hwan - 50 mins).
1 Jerzy Dudek; 20 Jacek Bak (2 Tomasz Klos - 51 mins), 6 Tomasz Hajto, 21 Marek Kozminski,
15 Tomasz Waldoch, 4 Michal Zewlakow; 10 Radoslav Kaluzny (14 Marcin Zewlakow - 65 mins),
18 Jacek Krzynowek, 7 Piotr Swierczewski; 11 Emmanuel Olisadebe, 19 Maciej Zurawski (9
Pawel Kryszalowicz - 46mins).
Referee: Oscar Ruiz
Denmark, France, Senegal, Uruguay.
Paraguay, Slovenia, Spain,
Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Turkey.
South Korea, United States.
Korea First Round Matches.
Cameroon, Germany, Republic of Ireland,
Argentina, England, Nigeria, Sweden.
Croatia, Ecuador, Italy, Mexico.
Belgium, Japan, Russia, Tunisia.
Japan First Round Matches.
2002 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
Group Tables - Leading Goalscorers.
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