Argentina vs South Korea was a big World Cup 2010 showdown. The Argentina vs South Korea World Cup 2010 match was the first World Cup game between two teams with three points. Therefore, whoever won this game would all but lock up the Group B title, and a berth in the knockout round. Given how the Koreans dominated Greece, and how Argentina had some question marks against Nigeria, the underdogs had some hope. However, the Argentina vs South Korea 2010 World Cup match answered all questions for Argentina, with a 4-1 rout.
From the start, Diego Maradona’s team was the dominant one. This time, they took advantage of their offensive opportunities early and often, unlike when they played Nigeria. The scoring started with an own goal by the Koreans in the 20th minute, then the match turned into the Gonzalo Higuain show.
Before Argentina vs South Korea, the World Cup 2010 was lacking in any offensive highlights. Yet, it was Higuain, and not Lionel Messi, who broke out with a hat trick. Huguain started off in the 33rd minute, with a goal that looked to put South Korea in a deadly hole.
But, Argentina got a scare in stoppage time, as Martin Demichelis had the ball stolen with his back turned, creating a Lee Chung-Yong goal. Argentina vs South Korea looked to be another World Cup 2010 match that turned on a mistake, as the Koreans had chances to tie the score early in the second half.
But, Higuain took over in the end, putting the match out of reach with his second goal in the 76th minute. To drive it home, he got his third goal in the 80th minute, wrapping up a big 4-1 win.
Argentina vs South Korea was the most explosive World Cup 2010 match, in terms of goals. Usually, a match is hard-pressed to have three goals combined in one game, but Higuain got three by himself. Messi still hasn’t broken out with one of his own, but he once again had more than enough opportunities. Once he capitalizes on one of them, the Argentinians will be hard to knock off.
Thanks to the Argentina vs South Korea World Cup 2010 match, the Argentinians are the first team to all but secure a knockout round berth. It would take a miracle for them to lose the Group B title, no matter what they do against Greece on Tuesday. As such, they can likely take it easy until the knockout stage starts.
On the other side, the loss was a costly one for the Koreans, as their goal difference is now at a negative 1. They must now root for Greece vs Nigeria to end in a tie, so they don’t lose second place. Argentina vs South Korea didn’t end the World Cup 2010 for the Koreans, but it made the first round that much harder for them.
Miami Herald- “Recap: Korea Republic vs Argentina”