AWD-Arena, Hannover, Germany

Referee: Horacio Elizondo | Attendance: 43000

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  • Philippe Senderos 23'
  • Alexander Frei 77'

2 - 0


Game 46

  • 93'

    FULL-TIME: Switzerland win to top the group and earn a second-round clash against Ukraine; South Korea gave their all as always, but they didn't have the luck they enjoyed in their own country four years ago, and depart at the first stage.

  • 91'

    Still South Korea push; a long ball is headed down by Jae-Jin, but there is no-one there to get on the end of it.

  • 90'

    Djourou is booked for catching Jae-Jin on the ankles as the striker tried to break down the left wing. That is the tenth yellow card tonight. That is ridiculous; it hasn't been a dirty game.

  • 89'

    SWISS SUB: Wicky is replaced by Behrami.

  • 88'

    Zuberbuhler maintains his clean sheet with a good low save from a Chun-Soo header. He is about to become the only goalkeeper to progress through the group stages without conceding a goal.

  • 87'

    OVER! Switzerland take advantages of some gaping holes in the South Korean defence with an incisive counter, but Frei heads over the bar from 12 yards out.

  • 86'

    Dick Advocaat is still in the South Korean dug-out - he must have been only warned by the referee, and not sent to the stands as I first thought.

  • 85'

    It looks like a Spain v France second-round clash on Tuesday night; what a match that will be. Stay with Soccernet for all the World Cup action.

  • 84'

    South Korea are still pressing hard; they won't concede defeat until the final whistle. Their fans are still making a din, too.

  • 83'

    South Korea will feel hard done-by tonight; they have pressed and pressed, and have had their hopes ended only by a controversial refereeing decision.

  • 82'

    OFF THE BAR! The corner isn't dealt with at all well; the ball falls to Jin-Hyu manages to hit the crossbar with a shot from six yards.

  • 82'

    ...but the referee stops play to book Spycher, for some pushing in the area as the ball was waiting to be delivered. Finally the corner is delivered...

  • 82'

    Chun-Soo sends it in to the crowded penalty area...

  • 81'

    Ki-Hyeon wins his side a corner off the legs of Spycher.

  • 81'

    The up-shot of all that controversy is that Switzerland are almost definitely through, and South Korea are banking on a miracle.

  • 80'

    I believe Dick Advocaat may have been sent to the stands for protesting that decision too loudly. He might have had a point - the South Koreans will say that they stopped playing because the linesman's flag went up, even though he was wrong to do so.

  • 79'

    South Korea protested long and hard to the referee, but replays show that he appeared to make the correct decision - the ball definitely came to him off a South Korean defender, and he kept his head to slot the ball past the defender.

  • 78'

    Replays show that Frei was certainly in an off-side position, but that the ball came to him off the boot of a South Korean defender - which means he wasn't off-side and the goal was rightly signalled.

  • 77'

    OFF-SIDE! NO! GOAL! Frei benefits from a ricochet as the ball rolls to him inside the area; he looked a mile off-side, the linesman put his flag up, but Frei played on and scored anyway - and the referee allowed it! Amazing!

  • 76'

    Switzerland are doing a good job of preventing South Korea from mounting a sustained spell of pressure; they are really working hard in midfield to try and force errors.

  • 75'

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  • 75'

    Dick Advocaat is starting to look like an increasingly desperate man on the South Korean bench; he can sense this match is getting away from him.

  • 74'

    South Korea are taking a lot of chances at the back now, but they simply have to - they're only chance to progress is to win this match.

  • 73'

    COULDN'T CONTROL IT! Margairaz chips a cross in to the unmarked Frei, but he takes too long to control the ball and Jin-Kyu comes across to put the ball out for a corner.

  • 73'

    Good play by Cabanas as he holds up the ball and wins his side a corner.

  • 73'

    Time may not be on South Korea's side, but they won't give up until the final whistle; they never know when they're beaten.

  • 72'

    SWISS SUB: Yakin is replaced by Margairaz; Yakin has been Switzerland's most threatening player, but he hasn't had a lot of football recently and was starting to look a little tired.

  • 71'

    South Korea are getting a little frantic here; they like to play a high tempo at the best of times - but this really is full-kilter.

  • 70'

    Chun-Soo sends a free-kick in to the middle, but it doesn't beat the first man and Yakin thumps clear.

  • 69'

    Wicky is booked for a high boot in a challenge with Chun-Soo.

  • 68'

    South Korea have had a lot of the ball in the second half, but haven't really looked like scoring. However, I do remember saying the same thing at about this time in their game against France...

  • 67'

    Zuberbuhler has yet to concede a goal at this tournament; the Swiss defence has looked very solid, although the Senderos injury could be a massive blow.

  • 66'

    TIPPED OVER! Zuberbuhler tips a Jai-Jin header over the crossbar as he escapes his marker at a corner.

  • 65'

    SOUTH KOREA SUB: Chu-Young is replaced by Ki-Hyeon; South Korea are throwing everything they have at this last half-hour.

  • 65'

    THUNDERED OFF THE POST! Frei launches a one-man counter-attack, but his shot from the edge of the area smashes against the near post. Great effort.

  • 64'

    SOUTH KOREA SUB: Young-Pyo has been replaced by Ahn; Young-Pyo hasn't been as effective as he usually is, attacking down the right; he is replaced by Ahn, a hero back in Seoul.

  • 63'

    There has been a second goal in the group's other game - France have opened up a 2-0 lead. That means that South Korea need a victory in this match to be sure of progressing to the knock-out stage.

  • 62'

    WASTE! Spycher breaks down the left, but he panics when he cuts in to the penalty area and smashes a shot high over the crossbar.

  • 61'

    Switzerland are playing purely on the break now; we could be set up for an exciting final half-hour as the South Koreans press.

  • 60'

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  • 60'

    GET ON IT! Barnetta sends over a tempting low cross, but Frei seems a little static in the middle and the ball skids across the face of goal and out for a throw.

  • 59'

    GOOD PASS! Yakin feeds Frei with a nice pass; the striker doesn't have to break stride as he strikes a first-time shot from the corner of the penalty area, but he doesn't catch it right and drags his effort well, well wide.

  • 58'

    Frei is very isolated up front on his own for Switzerland now; they have pulled everyone back, deep in to their midfield to try to soak up some of this South Korean pressure.

  • 57'

    There has been a goal in the group's other game - France have taken the lead against Togo. That means they will progress with Switzerland, unless South Korea can get an equaliser.

  • 56'

    Yakin is booked for a deliberate handball as he tried to bring down a high ball on the edge of the South Korean penalty area.

  • 55'

    Appeals for handball as a header in to the Swiss area hits the arm of Muller; the referee says it was accidental and waves away the South Korean appeals.

  • 54'

    Djourou has slotted straight in to the centre of the Swiss defence; he is a good young player, but Senderos will be a massive loss for the Swiss.

  • 53'

    SWISS SUB: Senderos is replaced by Djourou; it's one Arsenal defender for another as the injured Senderos is replaced.

  • 52'

    Senderos has been taken from the field with what seems like a bad arm injury. The Swiss are down to ten men at the moment.

  • 51'

    Swiss goalkeeper Zuberbuhler is warned for taking his time over a free-kick; it seems a little premature to start time-wasteing.

  • 50'

    It's all South Korea at the moment, but Switzerland have got a lot players back behind the ball.

  • 49'

    Chun-Soo gets to the by-line, but Spycher tracks him well and blocks the cross.

  • 48'

    There is a nice tension to this game; it really could go either way. And with the other group game being so close, anything could happen over the next 45 minutes or so.

  • 47'

    South Korea have made a bright start to the half, but Switzerland look organised at the back and are hard to break down.

  • 47'

    Remember, as we stand, both these sides are through - but if France manage to beat Togo in the group's other game, they will progress with Switzerland.

  • 45'

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  • 45'

    South Korea kick off the second half.

  • 47'

    HALF-TIME: An entertaining half; the Swiss lead thanks to a thumping header from Senderos, but you can never write off the South Koreans - they'll keep battling until the final whilstle.

  • 46'

    SHOULD HAVE SCORED! Frei glances a free-header wide of the post after he had lost his marker at a corner.

  • 45'

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  • 45'

    GREAT SAVE! Chun-Soo, having a fantastic game, fires in another fierce shot from the edge of the area, but Zurberuhler turns it around the post.

  • 45'

    ALMOST! Chu-Young fires a volley just wide of the near post; Zurberuhler was well-beaten.

  • 44'

    Senderos is booked for a late challenge; the referee then orders him from the field to sort out the blood running down his face, a result of his earlier clash of heads with Jin-Chul.

  • 43'

    GOOD SCRAMBLE! A Chun-Soo corner causes a moment of panic in the six-yard box, though first Jin-Kyu and then Ho Lee can't turn the ball goalwards.

  • 42'

    HIT THAT! Chun-Soo fires in a shot from distance; it seems to be sneaking in the near post, but Zurberuhler pushes the ball around for a corner.

  • 41'

    But South Korea are known for their battling qualities; they left it very late, but got a late equaliser in their last match against the mighty France.

  • 40'

    South Korea are under enormous pressure at the moment; Yakin is controlling things for Switzerland and they are looking very threatening.

  • 39'

    SO CLOSE! Yakin benefits from a poor piece of defending from Jin Chul; he smashes a shot goalwards, but the ball is deflected out for another corner.

  • 39'

    Switzerland win successive corners; Yakin's delivery is very good on both, though South Korea manage to head clear the second to relieve the pressure.

  • 38'

    GREAT EFFORT! Yakin shoots from 30 yards; Woon-Jae sees it all the way, but still makes a meal of turning the shot over the bar.

  • 37'

    Jin-Kyu is booked for a late challenge on Cabanas. Free-kick to the Swiss. Yakin again stands over the set-piece...

  • 37'

    Jae-Jin is back on the field. He looks a little groggy, but he's okay.

  • 36'

    Jae-Jin is taken from the field for some treatment on a back injury he sustained as he fell awkwardly.

  • 35'

    ...the ball is swung in to the middle, but Woon-Jae takes the ball off the head of Wicky inside his own six-yard box.

  • 34'

    ...Yakin swings the free-kick in to the middle...

  • 33'

    Switzerland win a free-kick, on the right-corner of the penalty area; this is another good chance to put the South Korean defence under pressure...

  • 32'

    The crowd have certainly gone a bit quiet since Switzerland took the lead, suggesting the majority are here to suppor the Asian team.

  • 31'

    Chun-Soo is disgusted as an off-side decision goes against him; he shakes his head and mutters something to himself.

  • 30'

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  • 30'

    Muller tries to calm his team-mates down during a short break for a throw-in; the Swiss have got themselves in a great position to progress.

  • 29'

    Switzerland are defending well as South Korea try and force and immediate equaliser.

  • 28'

    Senderos and Jin-Chul return to the field; the South Korean is sporting a hair-net to support an enormous dressing on a cut to his eye. Brave souls.

  • 28'

    Both sides are still playing with ten men.

  • 27'

    OVER! Yakin collects a poor defensive header from Jin-Kyu; he rolls the ball to Frei, but he shanks his shot over the crossbar.

  • 26'

    As it stands, both these sides are still through - all though South Korea would be eliminated if France net any sort of win against Togo in the group's other game.

  • 25'

    Both Senderos and Dong-Jin require treatment after that clash of heads, and are off the field as the game progresses.

  • 24'

    As Senderos runs off to celebrate, it becomes apparent he clattered heads with someone as he scored - blood is pouring down his face.

  • 23'

    GOAL! Yakin swings the free-kick in to the penalty area; Senderos barges his way to the front and slams a header in to the top corner.

  • 23'

    Barnetta is pulled back by Chu-Young as the Swiss midfielder breaks through the middle; the first yellow card of the evening.

  • 22'

    Jae-Jin shows good determination and pace as he tracks the break of Barnetta and puts in a good sliding challenge.

  • 21'

    There have been a lot of long balls sent forward from the back by South Korea, but they are meat-and-drink for Senderos.

  • 20'

    Barnetta is annoyed when another free-kick decision goes against him. "Yargh," he cries. That's Swiss for "I disagree, referee."

  • 19'

    ...the ball is cleared by Switzerland, who launch a swift counter, but Barnetta is caught off-side as he tries to get on Cabanas' pass.

  • 18'

    Park is brought down by Muller; free-kick to South Korea, just inside the Swiss half...

  • 17'

    As we stand, Switzerland and South Korea would progress from the group - France are drawing with Togo in the Group's other game.

  • 16'

    Barnetta goes down in the penalty area as he tried to jump for a long throw; he optimistically looks at the referee, who waves him to his feet.

  • 15'

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  • 15'

    Switzerland are trying to slide Frei in at every opportunity; he is the focal point for everything offensive for the Swiss.

  • 14'

    South Korea are a great side to watch, you know; they are very hard-working and determined, and they have a wonderful never-say-die attitude.

  • 13'

    NOT FROM THERE, SON! Park does well to rob Muller in the Swiss half; the ball falls to Chun-Soo, but he opts for a first-time shot from 40 yards.

  • 12'

    South Korea are playing a dangerous game with such a high defensive line; Frei is sure to break their off-side trap once during the game, and he is a sharp finisher.

  • 11'

    OFF-SIDE AGAIN! Cabanas again releases Frei with a pass down the right channel; again the linesman stops the Swiss striker in his tracks.

  • 10'

    FANTASTIC RECOVERY! Jul-Chul loses his man as Cabanas breaks through the middle, but the South Korean defender recovers with a superb sliding block as the Swiss player aimed his shot.

  • 10'

    OFF-SIDE! Frei is caught off-side as he tried to sprint on to Yakin's through-ball over the top of the high South Korean defensive line.

  • 9'

    Zurberuhler makes a smart low save as Park fires in a shot from distance.

  • 8'

    ALERT GOALKEEPING! Woon-Jae comes sliding out of his goal to collect at the feet of Wicky after Frei's shot was deflected in to his path.

  • 7'

    This could be quite a tense match tonight; there is so much riding on the outcome, with a second-round tie against either Spain or Ukraine riding on the outcome.

  • 6'

    GREAT DEFENDING! Yakin bursts in to the penalty area, but Dong-Jin comes across and makes a crucial last-minute block as Yakin was pulling the trigger.

  • 5'

    Degen sends a deep cross to the back post; Frei chases it down, but is bundled over by a South Korean defender.

  • 4'

    A victory will progress either of these sides tonight - and a draw will send them both through, if France fail to beat Togo by more than a single goal.

  • 3'

    ALMOST! Jae-Jin gets to the by-line and chips a cross across the face of the six-yard bo, but Park can't get on the end of it at the back post.

  • 3'

    As for all South Korea games, there is a tremendous atmosphere inside the AWD-Arena.

  • 2'

    ...but Kim heads clear on the penalty spot.

  • 2'

    Senderos makes his way forward for an early Swiss free-kick...

  • 1'

    Switzerland are lining up with a 4-5-1 formation, against South Korea's 4-3-3; it could be an interesting tactical battle.


    Switzerland kick off.


    Hello there; welcome to our coverage of Switzerland's final Group G match, against South Korea.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Switzerland

  • 12(5)

  • -

  • 7

  • 51%


  • South Korea

  • 17(7)

  • -

  • 19

South Korea

POS No Name


1 Lee Woon-Jae


3 Dong-jin Kim


4 Jin-Chul Choi


6 Jin-kyu Kim


12 Lee Young-Pyo
9 Ahn Jung-Hwan


5 Kim Nam-Il


7 Park Ji-Sung


17 Ho Lee


10 Chu-Young Park
11 Seol Ki-Hyeon


14 Chun-soo Lee


19 Jae-jin Cho
POS No Name
G 20 Yong-dae Kim
G 21 Young-Kwang Kim
D 18 Sang-Sik Kim
D 22 Chong-gug Song
D 23 Cho Won-Hee
M 8 Do-heon Kim
M 13 Eul-Yong Lee
M 15 Ji-hoon Baek
F 9 Ahn Jung-Hwan
F 11 Seol Ki-Hyeon
F 16 Kyung-Ho Chung

Match Stats

  • Switzerland
  • South Korea
12(5) Shots (on goal) 17(7)
7 Fouls 19
8 Corner kicks 6
3 Offsides 3
51% Time of Possession 49%
5 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
7 Saves 6

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