Well an entertaining game. Brazil win but the story was North Korea. Newspapers over in North Korea will say their national team played well and that is true. They will also say the goal was scored by Kim Jong Il.
Regardless Ivory Coast and especially Portugal should be worried!
PEEEEEEEP PEEEP PEEP. Game over
91:00 – The People’s Rooney tries two shots in 90 seconds but neither trouble Cesar. N. Korea have woken up and statues of Ji Yun Nam are being erected in squares all over Pyongyang.
89:00 – GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLL. North Korea. Its Ji-Yun Nam! A long ball is controlled well and ended onto the on rushing Nam who controls and sends it screaming past Julio Cesar. A very well taken goal by N. Korea. Brazil 2 – North Korea 1.
86:00 - A long ball is sent over the Brazilian defense and picks out The People’s Rooney but a wonderful last ditch tackle by Juan takes the ball off Jong Tae-Se.
84:00 - Ramires off, Felipe Melo off. Nilmar with another chance but once again directly at Myong-Guk
83:00 – Lucio doing his best to try and get on the scores heet as he hangs out at the far post and then goes around 2 players. Unfortunately for him and the Selecao he bundles the ball and the keeper picks it up.
80:00 – Lucio charges on from the Brazilian back line, passes it and eventually Nilmar is presented with the ball and his first touch is a stinging drive but right at the keeper.
78:00 - Kaka off, Nilmar on. Kaka was unspectacular but did a great job of controlling the game.
76:00 - North Korea seem to have lost all their verve and desire they had in the first 60 minutes.
73:00 – And with that move, Elano is off and Dani Alves is on.
72:00 – AND THERE IT IS…. GOOOOOOOOAAAAL. Robinho with the pass of the tournament so far that skims through the defense and Elano one times it into the corner of the goal. Absolutely beautiful. Brazil 2 – North Korea 0
71:00 – All Brazil now as they’re patiently looking for a second
69:00 – N. Korea looking to make a substitution. Is that a mobile phone that is not visible to the naked eye going off on the N. Korean bench?
63:00 – Lovely movement from Brazil as Kaka brings the ball down and passes to Fabiano who chest its down but his finish has a lot to be desired as he balloons it over the cross bar.
61:00 – Michel Bastos tries not to be outdone, tries a shot from outside the box that is directly at Myong-Guk.
56:00 – GOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLL. Maicon, shoots from an impossible angle. Shades of Josimar in the 86 world cup. That surprised everyone maybe including the Inter Milan player himself. Brazil 1 – North Korea 0
55:00 – Nothing comes from the corner but Brazil immediately attack on the counter.
54:00 – N. Korea venture up into the Brazil half for the first time in the second half and win a corner.
52:00 – A thunderbolt of a free kick by Lyon fullback Michel Bastos goes just wide.
51:00 - Brazil win a free kick in a very dangerous position? Which one of the 10 outfield players will take it?
49:00 – Brazil are a lot more aggressive so far in the second half. Could they be setting themselves up for a counter?
Brazil get the second half under way
PEEEEP. Well North Korea have exceeded expectations by not letting in a buzzillion goals in the first half. Brazil have not played badly but have been frustrated by the North Korean defense… LUNCH!
42:00 – Brazil, becoming increasingly menacing as they are pinning North Korea into their own half.
40:00 – Maicon springs Kaka who takes it to the byline and sends in a dangerous cross that is very well blocked by a N. Korean defender. Good stuff all around.
35:00 – Brazil have had enough and are resorting to Joga Bonito, as Robinho skips and scampers and then unleashes a shot that was goal bound until it hit a defenders head. Oddly a corner was not given.
31:00 – So I apologize for gushing, but I’m really impressed by North Korea. They’re tackling well and stifling Brazil but without being overly defensive. They’re passing it nicely and Jong Tae-se just won a corner after charging at Lucio. They’re certainly skilled and playing better football right now then anyone in Group C and F!
27:00 – Maicon decides to take things into his own hands by squaring up and taking a shot that surprises the keeper who parries it out for a corner.
25:00 – The game is fairly even eight about now. Brazil are creating more clear cut chances but their final moves are being quashed by the N. Korean defenders. I dare say though that North Korea are looking like the more dangerous team as Brazil is leaving themselves exposed to the counter.
17:00 - Cha Jong-Hyok has a shot but it goes far and wide but North Korea are really going at Brazil while maintaining a good shape. Portugal, Greece and others, please take note!
15:00 - Apparently its quite cold in Jo’burg and there reportedly snow flakes in Cape Town this morning. The weather is/will be all over the place.
13:00 - Luis Fabiano does well to hold the ball up around 3 N. Korean defenders as the ball eventually comes to Maicon who rifles a hot straight at a defenders chest. Of the rebound Elano weakly shoots at Ri Myong-Guk.
11:00 – Kudos must go out to N. Korea as they’re running at the Brazilians and not just parking the bus. Jong Tae-Se turns past two defenders and has a shot that easily Cesar gathers.
7:00 – Elano has the first shot but it goes well wide. Moments later Robinho gets himself into space but his shot was always going wide.
This is awesome. I would love an invisible mobile phone!
“Kim Jong-Su, the general secretary of the North Korean FA, has said the ‘Dear Leader’ gave “in-depth guidance” on how to develop the game in the country and the coach himself has claimed he received regular tactical advice during matches, apparently using mobile phones that are not visible to the naked eye. Jong-Il is said to have developed the technology himself.”
5:00 - So far so good for N. Korea as Brazil is maintaining most of the possession but Korea acquitting themselves well.
TWEEEEEEEEEEEEET and N. Korea kick it off.
An emotional national anthem for the North Koreans. I must admit that most athletes tend to take their national anthem for granted (most don’t even know the words), so its refreshing to see someone so moved. They must be excited to be playing against Brazil.
Is this game live in North Korea? I know they are bleeping out all the advertisements on the sidelines (at least for the opening game between South AFrica and Mexico) but if they are getting beat is their a crack team of CGI experts on hand to change the score and game?
How fit are the North Koreans? Are they rationed food like everyone else or do they get extra protein? If they go 3 and out do we hear from them again? The coach admits he takes calls from Kim Jong Il while he is on the sideline. I SO HOPE the cameras focus on the N. Korean bench now and then.
Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Michel Bastos, Felipe Melo, Silva, Elano, Kaka, Robinho, Luis Fabiano.
Subs: Gomes, Doni, Dani Alves, Luisao, Thiago Silva, Gilberto, Josue, Ramires, Julio Baptista, Kleberson, Nilmar, Grafite.
Korea DPR: Myong-Guk Ri, Cha, Chol-Jin Pak, Nam-Chol Pak, Kwang-Chon Ri, Mun, Jun-Il Ri, Ji, Hong, Ahn, Jong.
Subs: Myong-Gil Kim, Myong-Won Kim, Kum-il Kim, An, Choe, Nam-Chol Pak, Yong-Jun Kim, Nam, Chol-Myong Ri, Kwang-Hyok Ri, Kyong-Il Kim, Sung Hyok Pak.
So many interesting stories with this game, mainly to do with North Korea. The assumption is they will be crushed in this group, but you never know. Should the heads of state of Ivory Coast, Portugal and Brazil be worried?