Saturday, 12th June 2010
Strolll in The Park
South Korea vs Greece
South Korea surprised us all in 2002 and Greece surprised the
European football world in 2004. Now what surprises do they have for each other?
Right from the start, it was South Korea who looked the more
From a South Korea free-kick, near the left corner-flag, an unmarked
Lee Jung-Soo ran towards the far post and side-footed the ball into the empty half of the
Greece goal; with just seven minutes played.
Eight minutes later, Lee Chung-Yong had a penalty claim turned down as
South Korea continued to make most of the early running.
South Korea should have been three goals up in the 28th minute, when
Park Ji-Sung's pass to perfection caught the Greek defenders flat-footed again and
Monaco's Park Chu-Young with a free run through on goal.
Greece went into the dressing room still in with a chance when in
reality they weren't really in the game.
Christos Patsatzoglou replaced Giorgos Karagounis, the Greece captain,
at the start of the second-half.
The substitution didn't do much to change the balance of play as South
Korea soon doubled their lead; Park Ji-Sung running clean through the middle, shaking off
Avraam Papadopoulos and Loukas Vyntra to slip the ball across Alexandros Tzorvas.
After Greece changed their attacking options, around the hour mark,
Park Chu-Young was presented with a golden opportunity when Cha Du-Ri's ball landed on his
Then, with ten minutes left on the clock, Theofanis Gekas checked to
see if the South Korea goalkeeper was awake; with a rising shot from the middle of the
That was about it from the Greeks; a tragedy. For South Korea, a
stroll in the park.
South Korea 2 Greece 0
1:0 Lee Jung-Soo (7 mins)
2:0 Park Ji-Sung (52 Mins)
Man of The Match:
Park Ji-Sung - Always a danger with his passing and sealed the win for outh Korea early in
18 Jung Sung-Ryong; 12 Lee Young-Pyo, 14 Lee Jung-Soo, 4 Cho Yong-Hyung, 22 Cha Du-Ri; 17
Lee Chung-Yong, 16 Ki Sung-Yueng, 8 Kim Jung-Woo, 7 Park Ji-Sung; 10 Park Chu-Young, 19
12 Alexandros Tzorvas; 15 Vasilis Torosidis, 8 Avraam Papadopoulos, 11 Loukas Vyntra, 2
Giourkas Seitaridis; 6 Alexandros Tziolis, 21 Kostas Katsouranis, 10 Giorgos Karagounis;
17 Theofanis Gekas, 7 Georgios Samaras, 9 Angelos Charisteas.
Michael Hester (New Zealand)
46 Mins (Greece) - 3 Christos Patsatzoglou on for 10 Giorgos Karagounis
59 Mins (Greece) - 14 Dimitrios Salpingidis on for 7 Georgios Samaras
61 Mins (Greece) - 20 Pantelis Kapetanos on for 9 Angelos Charisteas
74 Mins (South Korea) - 5 Kim Nam-Il on for 16 Ki Sung-Yueng
87 Mins (South Korea) - 11 Lee Seung-Yeoul on for 10 Park Chu-Young
90 Mins (South Korea) - 13 Kim Jae-Sung on for 17 Lee Chung-Yong
56 Mins - Vasilis Torosidis (Greece)
0 Red Cards.
South Korea beat Greece (1:0) at Craven Cottage on 6th February, 2007.
2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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