Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany

Referee: Armando Archundia | Attendance: 43000

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  • Thierry Henry 9'

1 - 1


Game 29

South Korea

  • Park Ji-Sung 81'
  • 93'

    FULL-TIME: France have blown it; they were cruising, swaggering their way through the second half before they were caught cold with a sucker-punch.

  • 92'

    ...Ahn blasts the set-piece wide of the near post. Last chance of the game.

  • 92'

    Ahn is fouled as he tried to round Dhorasoo on the edge of the France penalty area. Free-kick in a very dangerous spot...

  • 90'

    FRANCE SUB: Trezeguet replaces Zidane; if France get knocked out in the final game, that will be the last time we ever see the great Zidane - he is retiring from all football at the end of this tournament.

  • 89'

    OFF-SIDE! MISSED IT ANYWAY! Henry ghosts in to the middle and gets on the end of Sagnol's cross; he heads wide, but is flagged off-side anyway.

  • 88'

    FRANCE SUB: Dhorasoo replaces Malouda.

  • 87'

    Zidane has been booked for a push on the edge of the South Korean penalty area; that's his second yellow of the tournament, meaning he will miss France's final group game.

  • 86'

    BLOCK! Ki-Hyeon gets on the end of a knock-down from a deep corner, but his first-time shot is blocked by Gallas.

  • 85'

    GREAT SAVE! Zidane plays in Henry; the Arsenal striker faces up to the keeper, but Woon-Jae makes the save.

  • 85'

    France will be absolutely kicking themselves; unless they can snatch a late winner, they have thrown away two points.

  • 84'

    The South Korean fans have erupted in the stands; they are still celebrating that amazing equaliser.

  • 83'

    WASTED CHANCE! Ribery breaks down the right and pulls the ball back to Vieira on the edge of the penalty area, but the Juventus man blazes his shot high over the bar.

  • 83'

    France have been stunned here; they were cruising through the second half, but South Korea have suddenly found another gear and grabbed an unlikely equaliser.

  • 82'

    GOAL! Park bundles the ball over the line after Jae-Chun's header at the back post found him unmarked, six-yards out.

  • 81'

    EASY! Dong-Jin's header from 10 yards is comfortably saved by Barthez. South Korea are finally having a go at the French.

  • 80'

    GREAT DEFENDING! Thuram makes a brave headed clearance to prevent Ahn from getting in at the back post.

  • 79'

    Young-Pyo is brought down by Abidal; it is a booking, which means he will mean the Togo game.

  • 78'

    In truth, it has been a dreadful second-half for the spectator; France just look so comfortable.

  • 77'

    France have slowed the tempo down to the pace they want to play at; South Korea are desperate to up the ante and really press their opponents, but France are just too cool.

  • 76'

    France are dominating the possession here, knocking the ball around with confidence and poise. South Korea can't get the ball from them.

  • 75'

    France to win, with bet365  
    South Korea to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    GOOD EFFORT! Malouda sends a dipping volley a yard over the crossbar after picking up a half-clearance 30 yards from goal.

  • 74'

    Sagnol's cross is cut out at the near post; the right-back has done really well on the counter-attack tonight, getting forward to support his forwards.

  • 73'

    SOUTH KOREA SUB: Jung-Hwan Ahn comes on to replace Chun-Soo.

  • 72'

    France are JUST doing enough at the moment; they are just cruising, without looking terribly concerned about getting a second goal to secure the points.

  • 71'

    Ribery does well as he beats his marker, gets to the by-line and pulls the ball back to the penalty spot; Young-Pyo clears the danger from Henry.

  • 70'

    Sagnol sends a good cross in to the penalty area; Malouda is unmarked, but the cross is a little too high and he can only head the ball directly in to the air before South Korea clear.

  • 69'

    SOUTH KOREA SUB: Lee Ho off, Do-Heon Kim on.

  • 68'

    Lee Ho is being taken off on a stretcher down the tunnel; he looks a little groggy.

  • 67'

    France will want a second goal to wrap-up this game; they will still be slightly nervous as long as the scoreline stays 1-0, despite how comfortable they look.

  • 66'

    Lee Ho is taken from the field on a stretcher after the clash with Vieira; he seemed to accidentally head-but Vieira's knee.

  • 65'

    Vieira and Lee Ho clash accidentally in midfield; both receive treatment from their physios.

  • 64'

    Makelele sends a cross in towards Zidane, who trips over Kim Dong-Chul; no penalty.

  • 63'

    GREAT RUN! Sagnol brilliantly dances through three challenges before firing a shot in on goal; the ball strikes Jin-Chul on the arm and flies out for a corner.

  • 62'

    It's difficult to see how South Korea can trouble France; they have to change something, because they haven't even nearly troubled Barthez as yet.

  • 61'

    Ribery received some criticism for a lacklustre showing in France's opening draw against Switzerland; he'll feel like he has something to prove tonight.

  • 60'

    France to win, with bet365  
    South Korea to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    FRANCE SUB: Wiltord is replaced by Ribery; the veteran is replaced by the exciting, dynamic Ribery, who should add a directness to France's attacks down the right.

  • 59'

    South Korea have certainly improved going forward since the break, but they seem to have an obsession with lofting passes in to Chun-Soo Lee, not playing the ball in to his feet.

  • 58'

    WASTED! Wiltord and Malouda break up-field, but when the ball is eventually worked in to a shooting chance, Malouda slashes a left-foot effort well, well wide.

  • 57'

    Vieira plants a header goalwards from Wiltord's cross, but the referee has already spotted a foul as the France midfielder pushed past his marker.

  • 57'

    Vieira has been excellent so far this evening; he is doing a great job of breaking up South Korean attacks in front of his own defence.

  • 56'

    Although South Korea look organised and hard-working, they don't appear to have the tools to break France down.

  • 55'

    Chun-Soo Lee sends a free-kick in to a crowded penalty area; Dong-Jin Kim meets it with his head, but he can't direct it on target.

  • 54'

    To their credit, the South Korean fans are still singing and dancing in the stands; they would erupt if their side netted an unlikely equaliser.

  • 53'

    If France can just raise their game another level, they look well capable of getting a second - and that would surely win them this game.

  • 52'

    CLOSE! Wiltord flashes a long-range shot wide of the far post after good hold-up play from Henry.

  • 51'

    It has been a slow start to the second half; France haven't really been able to impose themselves on the game as much as they did before the break.

  • 50'

    An important defensive header from Gallas prevents Chun-Soo Lee getting in through the middle.

  • 49'

    South Korea haven't really changed their system as yet; they still have just the three in midfield, and they are still being out-battled by Vieira and Makelele.

  • 48'

    A good tackle from Sagnol ends a run down the right from Ki-Hyeon Seol.

  • 47'

    Henry spins and runs at the South Korean defence, but he opts for the wrong pass; Vieira, instead of the more advanced Zidzne.

  • 46'

    South Korea are going to have to drastically improve on their first-half performance if there is to be any other result than a France win.

  • 45'

    France to win, with bet365  
    South Korea to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    South Korea kick off the second half.

  • 46'

    HALF-TIME: France have absolutely cruised through this first half; they are playing with a lot of confidence, and with the system they're playing, it is difficult to see South Korea getting back in to this match.

  • 45'

    France to win, with bet365  
    South Korea to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    Abidal is down; he looks in a lot of pain as he holds an area just below his left knee.

  • 44'

    Henry feeds Abidal with a good pass down the left wing, but the full-back has only one team-mate to aim for in the penalty area.

  • 43'

    Lee Young-Pyo fires a dangerous pass across the face of his own penalty area, but Henry just can't hunt it down.

  • 42'

    South Korea, on the other hand, have looked out-numbered in midfield and have been completely unable to get any service in to their front-three.

  • 41'

    France have got a bit of their old swagger back in their play; they have looked good so far this evening.

  • 40'

    NICE MOVE! Henry and Malouda combine at the end of a nice France passing move; Henry plays the ball in to the feet of Malouda inside the penalty area, but his return pass is just a little short of pace.

  • 39'

    Zidane barges his man as he tried to get on the end of Wiltord's chest-down in to the penalty area.

  • 38'

    That was as close as South Korea have come; Barthez hasn't had to make a save as yet.

  • 37'

    CLOSE! Chun-Soo bends a wicked cross in to the area; the ball evades everyone, but skids agonisingly wide of the far post.

  • 36'

    Jae-Jin is fouled by a snappy challenge from Makelele. Free-kick, and South Korean send plenty players forward...

  • 35'

    Korea haven't been able to get started so far; they just haven't had any decent possession in the France half.

  • 34'

    MESSY! Henry cuts in from his favourite position on the left; he sprints across the edge of the area before looking for a one-two with Wiltord, but the veteran messes up his return pass.

  • 33'

    France should be two-nil up; the ball was definitely over the line before Woon-Jae's stunning reaction save.

  • 32'

    AMAZING SAVE! Vieria heads goalwards from Zidane's corner, but keeper Woon-Jae makes a stunning low save. Replays show that the ball had crossed the line before the goalkeeper had pushed it clear. France have been hard done-by.

  • 32'

    ...Zidane's free-kick is put out for a corner at the near post...

  • 32'

    Henry is brought down by Jin-Chul Choi as the Arsenal man tried to spin past him, 30 yards from goal. Another France free-kick....

  • 31'

    The referee is certainly a whistle-happy character; he is blowing for every little thing at the moment, and it isn't helping the flow of the game.

  • 30'

    France to win, with bet365  
    South Korea to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    Dong-Jin Kim is shown a yellow card for a cynical foul in midfield.

  • 29'

    PENALTY? NO! Vieira feeds a great pass in to the run of Henry; he drops to the ground under the pressure of two South Korean challenges before he can get a shot away, but the referee doesn't agree with his claims for a penalty.

  • 28'

    Malouda sends a corner in to the penalty area, but Zidane heads over the bar from six yards out.

  • 27'

    ...Henry strikes the shot, but doesn't beat the six-man defensive wall.

  • 26'

    France win a free-kick when Henry is bundled over by Jin-Chul; a cluster of players stand over the set-piece, 35 yards out...

  • 25'

    Still the South Korean fans sing; they are doing their nation proud with their wonderful support for their team.

  • 24'

    SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER! Malouda finds an ocean of space in midfield; he turns and runs at the heart of the Korean defence, but he then drags his shot well wide of the post.

  • 23'

    NERVY MOMENT! Gallas gets his head on a long ball forward from South Korea; with Barthez well off his line, the ball loops towards his own goal, but France are relieved to see it drift wide and out for a corner.

  • 22'

    South Korea are one of only two teams in this tournament to win a match after going behind; they will find it more difficult to do so again; France are a different proposition than Togo.

  • 21'

    Henry takes a stray arm in the face as he tries to control Henry's pass in to his feet on the edge of the area.

  • 20'

    South Korea's problem at the moment is that they can't get the ball up to the feet of their front men; France are just too tenacious in midfield.

  • 19'

    The tempo has slowed a little since France netted their early goal; the South Koreans just need a spell of possession to settle them down.

  • 18'

    Henry is furious as the referee rules he fouls Park Ji-Sung on the touchline; Park hasn't really got in to the game as yet.

  • 17'

    Despite the fact they are a goal down, the South Korean fans are still getting behind their side; they are making a fantastic noise.

  • 17'

    Jae-Jin Cho turns Sagnol well on the left wing, and wins his side a throw as his attempted crosses rebounds out of play.

  • 16'

    Young-Pyo is getting forward at every opportunity from his position at right-back; but Henry is the sort of clever player who will drop in to the space he leaves behind, and he could cause all manner of problems from there.

  • 15'

    France to win, with bet365  
    South Korea to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    France are playing with real freedom and a energy that was missing in their opening game; if they keep up this tempo and level of performance, they will be a threat in this tournament.

  • 14'

    France are pressurising South Korea and forcing a lot of mistakes; they are continually winning possession in the South Korean half, and that is putting their opponents under a lot of pressure.

  • 13'

    Zidane beats his man with a swift stepover, though he then drags a left-foot shot well wide from just outside the penalty area.

  • 12'

    Ho Lee is booked for pulling back Malouda as the winger tried to break down the left wing. A deserved yellow card.

  • 11'

    Chun-Soo Lee nutmegs Sagnol down the left, but the full-back does well to track back and put a tackle in.

  • 10'

    So, France are finally up and running and have broken their long spell without a goal; this could be a long night for South Korea, because France look like they are flying.

  • 9'

    GOAL! Henry bursts on to Wiltord's deflected shot, controls the ball in an instant before burying a shot past Woon-Jae.

  • 8'

    France are playing with a really good tempo, with Vieira and Makalele snapping in to their opponents in midfield, really closing down the play.

  • 7'

    GOOD SAVE! Wiltord is put in by a good pass from Henry; the Lyon veteran tries to turn his shot goalwards, but Woon-Jae makes a smart save.

  • 7'

    France have made a bright start; they are zipping their passes about in midfield, and look very lively up front.

  • 6'

    France are in danger of completing a record-equalling fifth successive World Cup match without a goal; Boliva currently hold the record after a barren spell from 1930 to 1994.

  • 5'

    Malouda wins his side a corner; he sends it deep to Gallas, but Woon-Jae punches clear.

  • 4'

    Thuram wins his 116th cap this evening, bringing him level with Marcel Desailly as France's most-capped player.

  • 3'

    The South Korean fans are making a terrific din; they are one of the best-supported teams in the tournament.

  • 2'

    France have brought in Malouda to replace Ribery down the left, but France are otherwise unchanged.

  • 1'

    France were disappointing in their opening fixture; they'll be desperate for an improvede performance tonight.


    France kick off; there's a great atmosphere inside the ground in the Zentralstadion, Leipzig.


    Hi, welcome to our coverage of France's second group game, against South Korea.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • France

  • 17(7)

  • -

  • 20

  • 52%


  • South Korea

  • 6(3)

  • -

  • 10

Match Stats

  • France
  • South Korea
17(7) Shots (on goal) 6(3)
20 Fouls 10
6 Corner kicks 2
2 Offsides 1
52% Time of Possession 48%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 4

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