South Korea may be poised for another shocking and deep World Cup run in 2010 as it upset a Greece team that looked lethargic in their first World Cup match. South Korea scored early in the match off a free kick when defender Lee Jung-Soo broke through to knock home the goal to capture an early lead for South Korea.
South Korea’s 2 Goals Scored at 7 Minute Mark of Each Half of World Cup Match
The free kick was awarded after a terrible decision by the Greece defender in the corner, setting up the first goal just inside the seven minute mark of the first half. Ki Sung-Yueng arced the ball in a perfect arc to make it through for Lee Jung Soo to score the go ahead first World Cup goal for South Korea.
South Korea’s second goal came after a great defensive play by Park Ji-Sung or a horrible offensive play by Greece. Park Ji-Sung took possession of the pass at midfield and race the Greece defender to the goal. Park Ji Sung then made a great move to cross up Greece’s embattled goaltender Alexandros Tzorvas. Park Ji Sung then made the easy goal seven minutes into the second half of the World Cup first round match. To see both goals click here to see the video recap on ESPN’s World Cup webcast.
South Korea & Greece Both Have Spectacular Misses
South Korea had a tremendous opportunity at 27 minute mark when the teams best striker, Park Chu-Young missed on a blasted shot after Tzorvas defended the shot launching ti over the cross bar. The scoring chance again had it’s start because of a lazy offensive pass by Greece, which resulted in a wild breakaway run to the goal after a perfect midfield pass. The midfield pass hit the streaking Park Chu-Young in mid stride and he hit Tzorvas directly in the hands.
Greece had their best opportunity to get on the board with their first World Cup goal on a long direct pass from midfield. The pass landed with Theofanis Gekas who stopped and popped a strong kick towards goal that was also blocked by South Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong, over the cross bar and into the stands.
South Korea Will Know After Next World Cup Match How Good They Are
South Korea’s next World Cup opponent Argentina had a tough match against Nigeria, winning 1-0 and with South Korea jumping up and winning 2-0, they will have confidence heading into this World Cup match. Meanwhile, Greece takes on surprisingly resilient Nigerian team that could have destroyed Argentina’s chances to advance in the World Cup.
ESPN TV South Korea versus Greece.