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Tuesday, 15th June 2010
North Korea Opens Up

Group G Match

Brazil vs North Korea
in Jo'burg Ellis Park

North Korea make only their second appearance at the World Cup Finals, while Brazil have been an ever-present.

Although Brazil had most of the play in the first ten minutes, it was North Korea's Jong Tae-Se who had the only shot on target; after dribbling into the Brazilian penalty area from the right.

With five red shirts across the back, North Korea reduced Brazil's capabilities to a few shots from distance. And with Jabulani not yet a hit with the players, those shots were wide of the mark.

Robinho's snap-shot, in the 20th minute, was the first proper effort from Brazil; no real problem for a goalkeeper, unless you're in an England shirt.

Then in the 27th minute, something a little more testing from Maicon; forcing Ri Myong-Guk to punch the ball away for a corner.

Kaka finally woke up in the 35th minute with a slight jink down the left, but two Koreans closed the door on the edge of the penalty area and the Brazilian wasn't sharp enough to pick the lock.

So the eighth game (out 14) to go to the break without a goal, but this one is not that bad at all.

A courageous performance from North Korea in the middle of the field; closing it tight at the back but still prepared to send Jong Tae-Se out on a goal-hunting mission.

Half-time: 0:0

Kaka went down a little too easy on the edge of the area, in the 50th minute. Michel Bastos managed to keep the ball below the bar, but Jabulani chose to fly wide of the target.

Brazil finally cracked the North Korea nut in the 55th minute, when Maicon overlapped Elano on the right, ran almost to the touchline and struck the ball in such a way - with the outside of his foot - that it seemed to swerve; low, between the goalkeeper and the post.

Or was it a cross that slipped off Maicon's boot? Whatever, Brazil edge themselves in front.

When Brazil score one, they often score more. And so it was. Within 17 minutes, Elano skipped onto a perfect pass from Robinho and sidefooted Brazil's second past Ri Myong-Guk.

In the closing minutes of the game, while Robinho was firing blanks Jong Tae-Se wasn't giving up hope of getting a goal in every game. Juan denied the Kawasaki Frontale striker but Ji Yun-Nam made sure that at least North Korea might score in every game.

Final Score:
Brazil 2 North Korea 1

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Maicon (55 mins)
2:0 Elano (72 mins)
2:1 Ji Yun-Nam (89 mins)

Man of The Match:
Elano - For sending Maicon down the right for the first goal and scoring the second. North Korea's Jong Tae-Se deserves an honourable mention.

Teams

Travel to Brazil Brazil:
1 Júlio César; 6 Michel Bastos, 4 Juan, 3 Lúcio, 2 Maicon; 11 Robinho, 5 Felipe Melo, 8 Gilberto Silva, 7 Elano; 9 Luis Fabiano, 10 Kaká.

Travel to North Korea North Korea:
1 Ri Myong-Guk; 3 Ri Jun-Il, 5 Ri Kwang-Chon, 13 Pak Chol-Jin, 2 Cha Jong-Hyok; 11 Mun In-Guk, 4 Pak Nam-Chol, 17 An Yong-Hak, 8 Ji Yun-Nam; 9 Jong Tae-Se, 10 Hong Yong-Jo.

Referee:
Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Substitutions Substitutions:
73 Mins (Brazil) - 13 Daniel Alves on for 7 Elano
78 Mins (Brazil) - 21 Nilmar  on for 10 Kaká
80 Mins (North Korea) - 6 Kim Kum-Il on for 11 Mun In-Guk
84 Mins (Brazil) - 18 Ramires on for 5 Felipe Melo

Yellow Cards 1 Yellow Card:
88 Mins - Ramires (Brazil)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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

Tuesday, 22nd June
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Wednesday, 23rd June
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Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
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Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
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Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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