Thursday, 17th June 2010
Argentina vs South Korea
in Jo'burg Soccer City
Argentina and South Korea both went into this game on three
points; with a win for either team meaning possible qualification to the Second Round, if Greece and Nigeria drew later in the day.
South Korea were forced to start with everyone behind the ball, as
Argentina took the early initiative.
South Korea gave away a needless wrestling foul, with fifteen minutes
gone, and were made to pay for it; as Lionel Messi's free-kick was met by Park Chu-Young's
shin, for own goal number two of the tournament.
Argentina slipped into second gear, just after the half-hour mark, as
Maxi Rodríguez floated the ball into the area, and it was headed on for Gonzalo Higuain
South Korea tried to get back into the game just before half-time and
their persistence paid off when Lee Chung-Yong was able to nick the ball and put it in the
net, just before the whistle blew. A lack of concentration from Argentina perhaps.
Jung Sung-Ryong kept South Korea in with a chance, early in the
second-half; tipping the ball away for a corner.
With Argentina on a couple of quick yellow cards, South Korea seemed
to have a little more room to move for a moment and Yeom Ki-Hun may well hold his head in
his hands after missing a left-foot shot with just Romero to beat; just before the hour.
Fifteen minutes later, when South Korea felt they might have had a
chance to level the scores, Argentina extended their lead on a fast counter-attack.
Lionel Messi saw Jung Sung-Ryong save the initial shot with his foot
but was quick enough to follow up. That shot hit the post and went behind the South korea
goalkeeper for Higuain to tap in and join Diego Forlan on two goals.
Four minutes later, Messi and Higuain combined again; Messi chipping
the ball in for Gonzalo Higuain to head his hat-trick and top the goalscorers chart.
So, six points for Argentina and South Korea have to do it all again against Nigeria.
Argentina 4 South Korea 1
1:0 Park Chu-Young (16 mins) - own goal.
2:0 Gonzalo Higuain (33 mins)
2:1 Lee Chung-Yong (45 mins)
3:1 Gonzalo Higuain (76 mins)
4:1 Gonzalo Higuain (80 mins)
Man of The Match:
Gonzalo Higuain - Scorer of three goals.
22 Sergio Romero; 6 Gabriel Heinze, 13 Walter Samuel, 2 Martín Demichelis, 17 Jonás
Gutiérrez; 7 Angel Di Maria, 14 Javier Mascherano, 20 Maxi Rodríguez; 11 Carlos Tévez,
9 Gonzalo Higuain, 10 Lionel Messi.
18 Jung Sung-Ryong; 12 Lee Young-Pyo, 14 Lee Jung-Soo, 4 Cho Yong-Hyung, 2 Oh Beom-Seok; 7
Park Ji-Sung, 8 Kim Jung-Woo, 16 Ki Sung-Yueng, 17 Lee Chung-Yong; 10 Park Chu-Young, 19
Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
23 Mins (Argentina) - 4 Nicolas Burdisso on for 13 Walter Samuel
46 Mins (South Korea) - 5 Kim Nam-Il on for 16 Ki Sung-Yueng
75 Mins (Argentina) - 16 Sergio Aguero on for 11 Carlos Tévez
81 Mins (South Korea) - 20 Lee Dong-Gook on for 10 Park Chu-Young
82 Mins (Argentina) - 5 Mario Bolatti on for 9 Gonzalo Higuain
10 Mins - Yeom Ki-Hun (South Korea)
34 Mins - Lee Chung-Yong (South Korea)
54 Mins - Jonás Gutiérrez (Argentina)
55 Mins - Javier Mascherano (Argentina)
74 Mins - Gabriel Heinze (Argentina)
0 Red Cards.
Argentina has beaten South Korea in both of their previous encounters; (3:1) in Mexico
City at Mexico 1986 and (1:0) in a 2003 friendly
match, in Seoul.
2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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