FIFA WORLD CUP

Busan Asian Stadium, Pusan, South Korea

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South Korea

  • Hwang Sun-Hong 26'
  • Yoo Sang-Chul 53'

2 - 0

FT

  • 90'

    The final whistle goes, to an ecstatic response: South Korea have a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win. What a great start to the World Cup for its co-hosts

  • 90'

    There's something appropriate about the way South Korea are ending the game - in style. Park Ji-Sung is narrowly off target from long range as he looks to add a third

  • 90'

    Cha Doo-Ri was booked for challenging Dudek a bit too strongly in that last move...

  • 90'

    Three minutes of added time, says the fourth official

  • 90'

    Dudek saves from Ahn Jung-Hwan, but the flag goes up as Cha Doo-Ri - on for a matter of seconds - tries and fails to tuck home the rebound

  • 89'

    A late change for South Korea: the excellent Seol Ki-Hyun is taken off, and Cha Doo-Ri will get a run-out for the last two minutes

  • 89'

    And the fans - utterly magnificent throughout - are making their appreciation clear with another wall of sound

  • 88'

    Guus Hiddink will surely be absolutely delighted with the way his team have played

  • 87'

    Ahn Jung-Hwan gets a header in, but that one's wide of the near post

  • 87'

    They have another corner, which Lee Chun-Soo will take

  • 86'

    Time ticking away and - barring a wildly unlikely comeback - South Korea can start celebrating

  • 85'

    Lee Chun-Soo floats in a cross, which is too long to cause any problems and is easily taken by Dudek

  • 84'

    From the corner, Lee Eul-Young tries an ambitious long-range shot which is blocked... Swierczewski is booked for another frustrated Poland challenge

  • 84'

    More great work from Chong-Gug - he frees Ahn Jung-Hwan, whose low effort brings out a good stop from Dudek

  • 83'

    Another free-kick from Poland, and this time it's Song Chong-Gug's turn to clear

  • 82'

    When the ball comes back in, a good punch by keeper Woon-Jae stops Olisadebe from getting a header

  • 81'

    Kim Nam-Il makes sure they don't with a decisive header away

  • 80'

    Ten minutes to go, and Poland have the chance to create some danger with a free-kick near the penalty area...

  • 79'

    A whisker away from 3-0, and Hajto's frustration shows with a niggling challenge which earns the Pole a yellow card

  • 78'

    Ahn Jung-Hwan fires in a low shot which skids wide with Dudek in trouble

  • 77'

    Another fine break from the co-hosts: slick and incisive passing...

  • 76'

    Olisadebe makes a bit of room on the edge of the box... Hajto takes the ball on, but is penalised for a foul

  • 75'

    Poland are showing no animation even at this late stage, although they're gifted a throw by a slice into touch

  • 74'

    The final shot, however, fails to trouble Dudek and we're just about into the game's final 15 minutes

  • 73'

    ...but they're soon on the back foot again as South Korea string together more crisp passing

  • 72'

    South Korea clear a good Kryszalowicz cross: he showed good skill to make that chance

  • 71'

    Zewlakow tries another shot, which flies over the top. Another disappointing moment from a side who just haven't played today

  • 71'

    Zewlakow hits it - Park Ji-Sung broke early from the wall and is booked for his pains. Poland must take it again

  • 70'

    Soon, it's followed by a free-kick. This one is 25 yards out and well within shooting range...

  • 70'

    A rare decent Poland cross - a very decent clearing header by Hong Myung-Bo. Poland's second corner... but it creates no threat

  • 69'

    ...it's cleared, but South Korea have the ball back again and they are keeping possession with assurance, style and confidence

  • 68'

    Poland deal with it, but Ahn Jung-Hwan comes straight back to win his side's eighth corner of the game

  • 67'

    Seol Ki-Hyun starts a move which Swierczewski ends with a blatant piece of shirt-tugging... free-kick, and South Korea race forward again

  • 66'

    Lee Woon-Jae, who has hardly had anything to do throughout this game, claims well

  • 65'

    Dangerous free-kick for Poland, wide on the right...

  • 64'

    Another Poland change - off goes the disappointing Kaluzny, and on comes Marcin Zewlakow

  • 63'

    Backheels and flicks now from South Korea... Lee Chun-Soo races into the area and hits the side-netting from a difficult angle

  • 62'

    Amid all that, the corner comes to nothing... Poland move forward, but it's lumbering stuff. What's happened to the assurance they often showed in qualifying?

  • 62'

    Lee Chun-Soo is his replacement - he gets an ecstatic welcome from the fans

  • 61'

    Zewlakow the player who stopped him... in the meantime, Yoo Sang-Chul is grounded and Korea will have to make another switch

  • 60'

    Park Ji-Sung makes a fine run down the right for South Korea, and wins another corner

  • 60'

    And with half an hour remaining, this is shaping up to be a great day for the co-hosts

  • 59'

    Still a phenomenal amount of noise inside the stadium - it's driving South Korea on

  • 58'

    Poland win a throw inside the South Korea half. As befits their performance so far, it doesn't take them long to lose the ball

  • 57'

    Lee Eul-Young is struck by a clearance in a delicate place - he gets back to his feet eventually, but that can't have been nice

  • 56'

    Dudek races to the edge of his area to thwart substitute Ahn Jung-Hwan, and Poland are in an absolute state of disarray

  • 55'

    Hajto's feeble effort following a messy free-kick merely accentuates the point

  • 54'

    Poland looked likely to struggle with coming back from a 1-0 deficit: it's very hard to see them getting anything now they're two down

  • 53'

    Cue more delirium among the red-shirted ranks of South Korea's supporters. The lead in no way flatters their team

  • 53'

    ...it's an absolute cracker from just outside the box - Dudek gets a touch but can't stop the ball flying into the net. It's 2-0 South Korea!

  • 53'

    South Korea have another free-kick soon afterwards - Yoo Sang Chul takes it on and will size up a shot...

  • 52'

    Choi Jun-Chul is limping after a challenge - looks like he should be OK to continue, though. In the meantime, Olisadebe is caught offside

  • 51'

    There's a change for Poland as well: Jacek Bak is taken off and Tomasz Klos comes on

  • 50'

    Goalscorer Hwang Sun-Hong goes off to a tremendous ovation, and Ahn Jung-Hwan replaces him

  • 50'

    This corner brings a Poland free-kick following a push... South Korea are to make a change...

  • 49'

    Park Ji-Sung hits an excellent volley - and Dudek makes a smart save to tip it over the bar. So nearly a second goal for South Korea...

  • 49'

    Another deep cross soon follows - and Waldoch is forced to head it behind for a corner

  • 48'

    Hwang Sun-Hong puts the pressure on as South Korea knock the ball deep into the Polish area: Poland, though, deal with that

  • 47'

    Poland move down the left, but Olisadebe is unable to get to the cross. When the ball comes back in, Kaluzny concedes a free-kick

  • 46'

    South Korea make a bright start, pressuring down the left but failing to make anything of it

  • 45'

    Poland have made a half-time change - the ineffective Zurawski is off and Pavel Kryszalowicz comes on

  • 45'

    His cross is too long - and it's also the final action of an entertaining first half. South Korea are 1-0 up: and they totally deserve to be

  • 45'

    Zurawski tries to turn on the edge of the area: South Korea snap in and move forward quickly through the excellent Ki-Hyun

  • 44'

    Another long ball towards Olisadebe - too long, and keeper Woon-Jae takes charge

  • 43'

    With the first half drawing towards its conclusion, South Korea put together a neat move. The final cross, though, just eludes the waiting Seol Ki-Hyun

  • 42'

    That seems to be Poland's only tactic at the moment - and South Korea aren't having any problems nullifying it

  • 41'

    Jun-Chul is on the spot as another long ball drops into the South Korea penalty area

  • 40'

    Olisadebe threatens after a one-two on the right: again, however, the defending is excellent and the danger is snuffed out

  • 39'

    Choi Jun-Chul gives away a free-kick inside his own half - from it, Poland promptly return the favour

  • 38'

    Zewlakow produces a menacing cross: South Korea stand firm at the back and Olisadebe concedes a free-kick as he tries to regain possession

  • 37'

    Jacek Bak is down after a strong challenge - South Korea play on, but the offside flag stops them in their tracks

  • 36'

    The only question for South Korea is whether or not they can turn their dominance into a bigger lead

  • 36'

    Surely the Poles can't play this badly for an entire game?

  • 35'

    Free-kick to Poland on halfway: it's totally aimless. Kaluzny tries in vain to make something of it before the ball drifts away for a goal-kick

  • 34'

    ...and South Korea will be more than happy with their high-octane efforts so far

  • 33'

    Olisadebe looks to be Poland's only dangerous player at the moment - they've been desperately flat

  • 32'

    Out of the blue, Olisadebe makes a fine break down the right and produces a dangerous low cross which is just - but only just - scraped out of harm's way

  • 31'

    The chance to escape presents itself and is spurned - Park Ji-Sung steps in and moves forward before being dispossessed

  • 31'

    The co-hosts are really upping the pressure now - it's yet another corner, and Poland can hardly get out of their own penalty area

  • 30'

    Seol Ki-Hyun races after an excellent ball down the right, and the end result is another corner

  • 29'

    It's swung in dangerously - but Dudek isn't dithering and plucks the ball out of the air

  • 28'

    At the moment, they're struggling to do anything right and Waldoch is forced to concede a corner

  • 27'

    Delirium all around... disappointing Poland will have to raise their game now

  • 26'

    ...but back come South Korea, and Hwang Sung-Hong produces a superb first-time finish from a low cross. The co-hosts lead 1-0 - and the crowd are going wild!

  • 25'

    Another South Korea free-kick: Chong-Gug swings it in and the Poles get it clear

  • 24'

    Olisadebe, though, always looks capable of causing danger: he runs at the South Korean defence, but is well challenged

  • 24'

    We haven't really seen a great deal from Poland - the co-hosts are having the better of things, but clear chances are thin on the ground

  • 23'

    Ji-Sung attempts another pass forward - it's too long again and Poland have the ball

  • 22'

    ...it's hit way too deep and an unchallenged Dudek claims with no difficulty

  • 22'

    Free-kick to them, wide on the left and near half-way...

  • 21'

    Olisadebe flicks on, but South Korea pick that one off easily enough and they're beginning to find more confidence in their passing

  • 21'

    ...and almost the cue for celebratory bedlam that this crowd is waiting for

  • 20'

    ...only as far as Yoo Sang-Chul, who shoots low and from distance. It's narrowly wide of the mark: an excellent strike

  • 19'

    Myung-Bo is on the ball in midfield: Ki-Hyn crosses and Zewlakow clears...

  • 18'

    Kim Nam-Il sees his attempted ball forward intercepted, and Poland just clear it aimlessly in the opposite direction

  • 17'

    Myung-Bo looks to change that, sparking some short passing which releases Ki-Hyun down the left. He gets the cross all wrong, and it's out of play

  • 17'

    South Korea on the ball again - but again they can't retain possession and play is flitting from end to end

  • 16'

    Swierczewski tries his luck with a skidding low shot - it flashes well wide of Woon-Jae's goal

  • 15'

    It's deflected behind, and the follow-up cross is eventually cleared. An entertaining, slightly harem-scarem first 15 minutes here

  • 14'

    Song Chong-Gug chases a long ball forward and throws himself to the ground when he fails to get there... play goes on and Seol Ki-Hyun gets a shot in

  • 13'

    It sparks a bit of a mad scramble, and when the ball falls to Kaluzny he can only steer his shot over the top

  • 12'

    The dangerous Olisadebe gets into the area - and Kim Tae-Yung produces a superb saving challenge. Corner...

  • 11'

    More good defending denies him any time and room. South Korea break away, and the ball finally deflects to Dudek

  • 11'

    A great chance - at the other end, here comes Olisadebe for Poland...

  • 10'

    Seol Ki-Hyun gets his head to the ball, but it's straight at keeper Dudek

  • 10'

    Hong Myung-Bo comes forward in a stylish run - he strikes a shot from distance and it deflects behind for a corner...

  • 9'

    Park Ji-Sung makes a superb interception to stop a Poland attack in its tracks, and gets an ear-splitting cheer for his troubles

  • 8'

    It's Chong-Gug's ball in - Poland head it clear, and a follow-up effort from distance is wild and disappears towards the stands

  • 7'

    Chong-Gug takes it, and a Zewlakow foul brings a free-kick in an excellent crossing position

  • 6'

    Kim Nam-Il gets there, and his side have a throw near the Poland area - can they create some danger here?

  • 6'

    Poland have the greater incision so far, and they win another throw inside the co-hosts' half

  • 5'

    A worrying moment for South Korea, who have yet to really get the ball and start playing it around

  • 5'

    From it, they win another - a low cross flies towards Kozminski, who is just unable to convert

  • 4'

    Song Chong-Gug is crowded out as he tries to move forward, and Poland take the ball on and win a throw

  • 3'

    Free-kick to Poland - the crowd aren't happy with that decision. All it results in is a South Korea goal-kick, though

  • 3'

    That would have brought a hush to the best atmosphere so far - the best by an absolute mile

  • 2'

    Back come Poland - Olisadebe frees Krzynowek inside the area, but he slices his shot wide from a great position

  • 2'

    And Poland concede an early free-kick for a foul on Nam-Il... it's cleared

  • 1'

    Kim Nam-Il plays one down the flanks for the co-hosts, but Poland usher it into touch

  •  

    Poland will get us under way - there's a massive noise. Poland play it forward, but it's with South Korea keeper Lee Woon-Jae

  •  

    This is great, let's hope the game lives up to it

  •  

    South Korea's national anthem is being sung at maximum volume humanly possible by rather a lot of people - the stands are a sea of red

  •  

    For almost the first time in the World Cup so far, there's not a spare seat to be had... the co-hosts are opening their campaign, and the atmosphere is superb

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • South Korea

  • 14(8)

  • -

  • 14

  • 0%

    0%

  • Poland

  • 8(2)

  • -

  • 20

South Korea

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Lee Woon-Jae

D

4 Choi Jun-Chul

D

7 Tae-Young Kim

D

20 Hong Myung-Bo

M

5 Kim Nam-Il

M

6 Yoo Sang-Chul
M
14 Lee Chun-Soo

M

13 Lee Eul-Young

M

21 Park Ji-Sung

M

22 Song Chong-Gug

F

9 Seol Ki-Hyun
F
16 Cha Doo-Ri

F

18 Hwang Sun-Hong
F
19 Ahn Jung-Hwan
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
M 14 Lee Chun-Soo
F 16 Cha Doo-Ri
F 19 Ahn Jung-Hwan

Match Stats

  • South Korea
  • Poland
14(8) Shots (on goal) 8(2)
14 Fouls 20
9 Corner kicks 2
1 Offsides 5
0% Time of Possession 0%
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 6
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