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Thursday, 17th June 2010
Higuain Hat-Trick

Group B Match

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 to score.

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.

Half-time: 2:1

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.

Final Score:
Argentina 4 South Korea 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
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.

Teams

Travel to Argentina Argentina:
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.

Travel to South Korea South Korea:
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 Yeom Ki-Hun.

Referee:
Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

Substitutions Substitutions:
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

Yellow Cards 5 Yellow Cards:
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)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
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.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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Group C
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England
Slovenia
USA

Group D
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Germany
Ghana
Serbia

Group E
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Denmark
Holland
Japan

Group F
Italy
New Zealand
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Group G
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North Korea
Portugal

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Honduras
Spain
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