Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Referee: Michael Hester | Attendance: 31513

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South Korea

  • Lee Jung-Soo 7'
  • Park Ji-Sung 52'

2 - 0


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  • 92'

    A reminder that before the next game there are four rugby union internationals which you can follow on ESPNscrum as well as qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix on ESPNF1

  • 92'

    All in all, Korea have impressed me, Greece have not. We'll wait to see Nigeria in action, but it could be a good fight for second place. Join us again at 1400 GMT to see if Nigeria can upset Argentina.

  • 92'

    Korea have a good chance of getting out of the group now though. Park, Cha and Chu-Young all did well, but they didn't have much to worry about in truth.

  • 92'

    Full-time. Greece were dreadful, but credit to Korea for their attacking skills.

  • 92'

    Kim Nam Il has done well since he came on, he just tidies up and then the whistle goes.

  • 91'

    Cha lumps the ball upfield and the Greeks look tired. They really will have to improve a lot to do anything in Group B.

  • 90'

    A final sub for Korea, for time-wasting of course, they have picked up a really important win here and will have a lot to build upon for their next game.

  • 89'

    We're still waiting for them to score their first goal at a World Cup by the way.

  • 88'

    They really have not impressed at all. No guile up front. No legs in midfield and dodgy at the back as well. All in all, a really poor day at the office.

  • 88'

    Looking for answers as to why Greece have been so poor? ESPN Stats & Info have the answer: ''Excluding Euro 2004, which it won, Greece has lost 10 of its last 12 games at international tournaments, scoring only twice and conceding 23 goals.''

  • 86'

    Kim has a go after the ball falls to him following a scramble in the box. It goes wide though.

  • 86'

    Tzorvas went down to his right and palmed it past the post.

  • 85'

    Korea have really impressed. They attack again and Chung-Yong gets a shot off after a great tackle from the Torosidis. Good save.

  • 84'

    Chu-Young tries to get on the end of a ball, but is muscled out. No need to get involved, as they've won the game now.

  • 83'

    There's no guile at all up front for Greece. They'll really struggle to break sides down if they don't get some creativity.

  • 81'

    Korea have taken their foot off the gas a bit. But that's a good effort from Chu-Young, which just slides wide.

  • 80'

    He's left alone and takes the ball down well. Hammers it with his left, straight at Jung though. He palms it over.

  • 80'

    Gekas has a shot! Great save from Jung.

  • 79'

    17,000 people haven't turned up for this game apparently. Organisers have said that many people didn't want tickets for the game. Well, it's been better than France v Uruguay that's for sure.

  • 78'

    Lee just fails to control a wonderful cross field pass, but it looks like they are not done attacking just yet.

  • 76'

    Lee Chung-Yong, complete with bright yellow boots, has a go at the defence, but is closed down. Park's shot flies wide, so the Koreans are still a threat.

  • 76'

    Ball comes in, and it's chipped in again from Vyntra. Offside, as there were three or four Greeks in the box.

  • 75'

    Ref is just havign words with Salpingidis about pushing or something.

  • 75'

    Katsouranis gets a shot off but it is blocked by Lee. Another corner follows.

  • 74'

    Kim Nam Il comes on for Korea, nicknamed 'the vaccuum clearner' because he likes to tidy things up, apparently.

  • 73'

    Seitaridis charges all the way down the right flank, but eventually hits it behind. He doesn't look happy he wasted all that energy.

  • 72'

    Torosides finds some space and has three men in the middle. Lee does really well to close him down, but that was a poor decision from the Greek - he should have passed earlier.

  • 71'

    A good bit of pressure results in another corner, although it is overhit.

  • 71'

    Greece are just having a few chances now. The ball is cleared from inside the six-yard box and that could have gone anywhere.

  • 71'

    Great header from Cho, he got right ahead of Gekas up front. Commanding at the back.

  • 70'

    Oh a good chance from the sub. Kapetanos blasts it well over the bar from near the penalty spot after good work down the left.

  • 69'

    Lee clears from the back and well picked up by Chung-Yong. Tzorvas gets in a muddle and nearly gifts possession away, but manages to hammer it clear eventually.

  • 67'

    His latest touch comes to nothing and he hooks a shot way over the bar. He's worked hard, but it's not been good enough.

  • 67'

    He has been disappointing, but then not many of his team-mates have helped him out.

  • 66'

    Notes from ESPN Stats & Info:''Theofanis Gekas only has 12 touches in the match so far, so he has not seen too much service.''

  • 65'

    Again though, the Koreans take control of the ball. They are the ones defending in numbers and it really is working.

  • 64'

    Greece can count themselves lucky they aren't further behind, but they need to score quickly if they want to get back into the game.

  • 63'

    Great chance there. Cha used to be a striker, and he would have wished he could have been on the end of his own ball.

  • 62'

    But it flies over... He was six yards out.

  • 62'

    What a ball from Cha! Hammered in with swerve and it lands right on the head of Chu-Young.

  • 62'

    Gekas is blowing hard. He looks tired, which is odd because I've hardly seen him in the game.

  • 61'

    Greece are pushing forward, but they really don't have anything to do other than chase the ball.

  • 60'

    Greece preparing to bring on Kapetanos for Charisteas. Striker for striker. They'll need more than that.

  • 59'

    Good ball over the top and Chu-Young can't quite get onto it. Looks like a Korean third, rather than a Greek first.. erm.. next.

  • 59'

    In truth though, that's the most worked he's been yet.

  • 58'

    Seitaridis hammers a ball across the box but it's well claimed by Jung. If that had been Arsenal's Fabianski, it could have gone in - a very similar position to that of his error against Porto.

  • 57'

    Youm in control just outside the box, he has a chance to set up Ki, but his pass is underhit and is cleared.

  • 56'

    Charisteas leaps high to try and put off goalkeeper Jung when he comes to claim the ball. He just about holds onto it...

  • 56'

    Another bad clearance goes to Park and he hits a shot that is blocked. Number three anyone?

  • 55'

    Yellow card. Torosidis' frustration comes through the back of his man. Poor, but despite his thoughts that he got the ball, he goes in the book.

  • 54'

    Very limp from Rehhagel's men. Reminds me of the Euro 2008 games when they lost all three and were dreadful.

  • 53'

    This is unusual for the Greeks, we're so used to seeing them defend well and in numbers. They've pressed the self-destruct button twice now and I don't think they'll get back into it.

  • 52'

    2-0 to Korea. Very poor stuff from Greece at the back again, you can't gift Korea's best player the ball in the final third like that and they were punished.

  • 51'

    GOAL! Great goal from Park A great run, after a poor pass from Papadopoulos, Vyntra comes across but he beats him and slides it under the keeper.

  • 51'

    Samaras back defending for Greece. They are having trouble getting hold of the ball in the opening exchanges in order to mount their attacks.

  • 50'

    Ki controlling the ball well in the middle for Korea. He's the 'Asian Steven Gerrard' apparently.

  • 49'

    Lee has been brought down. A charge in the back from Charisteas was pretty ugly and meaningless as well.

  • 49'

    Korea aren't really pressing forward much. They don't need to though, to be fair.

  • 48'

    Once again, it looks all too easily to break through the Greek resistance.

  • 48'

    Great work from Cha, plays a one-two with Park and hammers a shot, which is blocked.

  • 47'

    In all honesty though, it will take something special to break down this Korean defence and to stop them scoring again.

  • 46'

    They've certainly picked up the pace a bit already. Passing the ball around they have more about them already, than in the whole first half.

  • 45'

    Greece really need to do something different this half. Taking their star man off though, is an odd move.

  • 45'

    Karagounis is off, he wasn't impressive, and Patsatzoglou on.

  • 45'


  • 45'

    Ahead of the Argentina game, have a look at Sam Kelly's piece on Argentina.

  • 45'

    It's a busy day of sport away from the World Cup (yes, there is life outside South Africa). There are four rugby union internationals which you can follow on ESPNscrum and qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix on ESPNF1. And for cricket fans India are playing Zimbabwe on ESPNcricinfo. Well, it can't all be big events.

  • 45'

    Oh and, by the way, 11 of South Korea's 23 World Cup goals have come from set pieces.

  • 45'

    More from ESPN Stats & Info: ''When South Korea scores first, it usually leads to a win. The last time South Korea lost a World Cup match when scoring first was at France '98, a 3-1 loss to Mexico.

  • 45'

    Dale Johnson, has his own view on Greece after their Euro 2004 triumph: ''In 2004, Greece had a strong defence, but now they can't even claim that.''

  • 45'

    That has been an interesting half of football. Korea took an early lead and never really looked back. Greece have been very poor, lacking an cohesion thus far, and more is expected from them.

  • 45'


  • 45'

    Jung has another sticky moment as Charisteas charges in. He claims this one ok though.

  • 44'

    If Gekas had got a touch, that could have been interesting. Jung may come out with a cap on in the second half.

  • 43'

    Gekas took a chance from a long ball and Jung almost lost it. He's holding his hand over his eyes.. so that must have been it.

  • 43'

    Indeed, Cho comes to the rescue to head clear and when the ball drops there are at least six Koreans there to mop up.

  • 42'

    One of the weirdest things in this game so far is Korea's aerial dominance. They really are not being troubled by Greece's long ball approach.

  • 41'

    Where was the defender? Greece, a side who usually pack the midfield, were caught short there.

  • 41'

    Korea pour forward. A good passing move ends with Chu-Young firing a shot over.

  • 40'

    Haven't seen anything of Samaras or Gekas as yet. The Koreans are defending deep and there really isn't much room for them to work.

  • 39'

    Katsouranis tackled in the middle, he didn't even put up a fight, that was terrible!

  • 38'

    Great energy and Vyntra actually does well for once to stop the attack.

  • 38'

    Another terrible set piece from Karagounis gives Korea the chance to break.

  • 37'

    Charisteas claiming that Jung-Soo was using an elbow. That's rich.

  • 37'

    They can't get hold of the ball the moment and Korea are playing the possession game.

  • 36'

    Good hold up play once again. Korea are in control of the match, I wonder what Greece can do to get back into it?

  • 35'

    Chu-Young is penalised for an aerial foul. He looks like he's getting the better of the taller Greeks and that was unlucky. Looked like good committment to me.

  • 34'

    Park misplaces a pass now, that was poor. He opened the defence up with one earlier, but added a little too much power on that one.

  • 33'

    Papadopoulos launches it forward for the Greeks, but Cho is not having any trouble at all in dealing with long balls today.

  • 33'

    Torosides wins his side a corner. A set-piece does look the most likely place for the Greeks to score.

  • 32'

    Once again, Youm towers above his defender to head the ball down. It's not a usual gameplan for Korea, but they seem to be working it well.

  • 31'

    Ref blows up for a foul on Charisteas, not sure what he saw there.

  • 30'

    It comes to nothing though. Good break again and Vyntra is having a torrid time in defence.

  • 29'

    Chung-Yong gets away again down the right, he's looked a lively performer so far.

  • 28'

    Well done to Tzorvas though, he really did keep him team in the game. It could have been all over.

  • 28'

    Greece went to sleep at the back once again. All it needs is one good ball from the Korean midfield and it doesn't seem tough to get in on goal.

  • 27'

    That really was a good save, Korea just opened them up.

  • 27'

    He hits the keeper, Tzorvas, with his shot though. Great chance.

  • 27'

    Oh what a chance! Park splits the defence with a pass.. Park Chu-Young is through...

  • 27'

    Charisteas breaks away and had a two on one, he punts the ball a little too far ahead of himself though and Cho comes across to clear.

  • 26'

    The vuvuzelas are playing loud and proud. They seem to be at the same time as well... good co-ordination from those in the ground.

  • 25'

    Park beats Vyntra, but is called back for a foul. He didn't do anything wrong and would have been in on goal if he had been allowed to get free. Poor decision.

  • 24'

    Where is the energy from Greece? We know that the Koreans have stamina to burn, but Greece aren't closing the ball down and look poor.

  • 22'

    Note from ESPN Stats & Info: The 7th minute goal is the fastest World Cup goal ever for South Korea, besting the 9th-minute tally by Lee Eul-Yong in the 2002 third-place game against Turkey.

  • 22'

    Oh, good break from Korea. Chu-Young has the shot after good work from Ki, but couldn't connect.

  • 21'

    Jung in the Korea goal should have been more decisive, and a corner is forced. Easily cleared again though.

  • 20'

    Korea are flooding the midfield. Greece happily passing it around in the middle of the pitch, but they are miles way from goal.

  • 19'

    Samaras loops a ball into the box, but that says it all for Greece. He should have been on the end of his own pass.

  • 18'

    Gekas finds a bit of space in the box. Cho let him go and he was free on the right. The defender just got back in time, and Gekas missed out.

  • 17'

    Korea break with Youm and Chung-Yong has tons of space in the middle. Not good enough though, that was a poor pass and it's easily stopped.

  • 17'

    Park comes in and heads the ball clear from a corner. Good to see a winger track back and help out like that.

  • 16'

    When Greece are in possession, the Koreans are just sitting back and absorbing possession. Hardly seen anything from Gekas yet.

  • 16'

    Greece are just asleep at the back. Korea could have easily scored again.

  • 15'

    That could have been a penalty. I'm not sure he got much of the ball and it was quite messy.

  • 14'

    Wonderful quick throw. Lee Chung-Yong gets away and was about to pull the trigger when Torosidis came across to tackle him.

  • 13'

    Wow, Park Chu-Young rises to get ahead of Vyntra. That should really not be happening and it would have been a dangerous move if someone had got on the end of it.

  • 12'

    Terrible from Ki in the middle, tried to flick it on and gave it away badly. Once again, though, Greece's attempts to attack fail.

  • 11'

    It's not going to plan though. Torosidis piles it in, but it comes to nothing. Usually they set up to defend, now they need a goal.

  • 11'

    Greece now trying to build an attack. They have looked very shaky thus far.

  • 10'

    Charisteas tries to race through onto a through ball, but the gap is closed quickly by Cho.

  • 9'

    Park Chu-Young tries to stoop to head it, but the Greek defender stands firm.

  • 9'

    Park is switching wings with ease and pops up on the right side now. He's taken down.

  • 8'

    Goalkeeper Jung comes out and palms it away. If he'd missed it, that was a goal.

  • 8'

    Greece somehow get a corner. Karagounis rebounds it off a Korea face and they can swing it in.

  • 7'

    Now they have something to build upon. Remember they were unbeaten in qualifying, so they will be tough to break down.

  • 6'

    Korea 1-0 up and they've probably deserved that after the opening exchanges.

  • 6'

    The central defender snuck it at the back post, after a free-kick from near the corner flag. Easy tap in after a flick on.

  • 6'

    GOAL! Lee Jung Soo

  • 5'

    Great work from Yeon to Park, he looks tricky down the left side. He beat two men with a good feint, but couldn't then link up once the ball got further forward.

  • 4'

    Awful ball in, but Korea manage to get a foul when it looked like handball in the box.

  • 4'

    Greece though have Samaras up top and he's doing well to hold up the ball. Brought down on the left.

  • 4'

    Height is not in great supply in the Korean ranks, so long ball tactics aren't on the cards. Not sure why they've pumped a few up there already.

  • 2'

    Just as I say that, the corner comes in and Torosidis almost puts it in. He didn't know much about it, but jabs a leg out and it's deflected wide.

  • 2'

    A cross comes in for Gekas and it's just headed away from him. Not sure we'll see too much attacking play from the Greeks today.

  • 2'

    Katsouranis playing more defensively today, he's tracking back to stop the width.

  • 1'

    Greece haven't touched the ball yet. Nice and easy passing from the Koreans.

  • 1'

    Korea have only ever won once outside their own country. Reckon they might double that tally.

  • 1'

    Here we go. Kick off. Vuvuzelas in full voice.


    Robin Hackett: ''I'm predicting a win for South Korea, they'll probably get out of the group.''


    Looking forward to this one, even if the big guns of Argentina and England are on later in the day.


    The players are out and it looks like a decent line up from both sides. Young-Pyo Lee, Ki and Park are there for Korea. Seitaridis, Karagounis and Gekas key for Greece.


    The stadium is a long way short of full, which is disappointing.


    What a lovely day today, the weather is just beautiful. Sun shining and we hope the football matches it. Can't be much worse than Uruguay and France.


    Key men? I hear you ask. Well, it's hard to see beyond Man Utd's Park Ji-Sung for the Koreans and Theofanis Gekas for Greece. Gekas was terrible for the first part of his career, but is now their most potent weapon up front.


    South Korea, of course, had a great 2002 event in their own country, while Greece bored everyone to death but still came away with the Euro 2004 title.


    We'll have the full commentary on the game in Port Elizabeth in just a few minutes. Both these sides will be looking at this clash as a must-win game if they hope to get out of the group.


    Hello all, and welcome to the first game in Group B. South Korea against Greece

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • South Korea

  • 17(4)

  • 16

  • 14

  • 49%


  • Greece

  • 6(2)

  • 29

  • 11

Match Stats

  • South Korea
  • Greece
17(4) Shots (on goal) 6(2)
14 Fouls 11
6 Corner kicks 11
1 Offsides 5
49% Time of Possession 51%
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 2

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