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Round of 16 – Uruguay versus South Korea

Ji-Sung Park and his teammates can run all day. Will they score a last minute goal?

PEEEEEEEEP PEEEEEP PEEEP. Game over. Uruguay leave winners but South Korea played admirably. They had their chances but Uruguay’s two real attempts at goal were all they needed to progress to the quarters. Ghana or USA await.

3 minutes of stoppage time.

87:00 – Korea have a great chance through Lee Dong-Gook and his scuffled shot slips through Muslera’s legs and trickles toward goal, but in the end Lugano has all the time to clear.

86:00 – Uruguay resorting back to defensive mindset. Amazing how a team can switch back and forth so effortlessly as a unit.

80:00 – GOOOOOOOOOAAAAL. Suarez with an excellent shot from the edge of the penalty box as he curls it over the defenders and off the post and in. South Korea 1 – Uruguay 2

75:00 – Well to answer my question from a couple of minutes ago…quite easily as Uruguay shift into attacking mode with some slick one time passing and intelligent runs. Unfortunately for the South Americans, their finishing touch is left wanting.

74:00 – Suarez misses an easy header as he is found all by himself at the back post but his header is very poor.

71:00 – South Korea really going for it as they attack down the right and waltz into the penalty area, but shot is softish and straight at the keeper.

70:00 – Question is how quickly can Uruguay switch from their complete defensive mentality to one that requires some real attacking intent.

68:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAAAL. Lee Chung Yung gets a headed goal. From a free kick, the ball ricochets up in th eair and falls to the Korea striker who nods it in the goal. South Korea 1 – Uruguay 1.

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Game 3 Group B – Argentina versus South Korea

Over rated or the genuine article? His scoring record for club is undeniable but is it more of being in the right place at the right time or a skilled player? I say a bit of both.

PEEEEEEEEP PEEEEEP PEEP – Argentina with an emphatic win over South Korea. Score was not kind to South Korea as they played well and will rue the chance they had in the 58th minute when they could have leveled at two all.

91:00 – Park Ji Sung tries a turn and volley shot that is well saved by Romero.

2 minutes of added time.

89:00 – Messi wants a goal so bad!

88:00 – Another mistake by Dimichelis leads to South Korea getting a ball in the box but their striker falls softly and Argentina clear. Argentina is amazing going forward but dodgy in the back.

87:00 – Aguero with a great run as he turns and weaves through the South Korean defense but a last second tackle saves the day.

85:00 – South Korea still pressing. The score is deceiving to their play as they have played well. What would have happened if they had scored that opportunity  earlier in the second half?

82:00 – And that’s it for the Real striker as he is taken off to loud and very deserved applause. Bolatti takes his place.

80:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAL. HIGUAIN GETS HIS HAT TRICK. Great inter change of passing between the three forwards. Messi chips it to Aguero who sends a lovely cross in and Higuain runs into a great position at the back post and heads it calmly into the back of the net. That was the best of the three by far. Argentina 4 – South Korea 1

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Group B Match 1 – South Korea V. Greece

The Man United work horse is running things in Port Elizabeth

PEEEEEEP PEEEP and that’s the first win of the world cup. After two draws, South Korea notch up the first 3 points. Join me in 40 for Nigeria versus Argentina.

89:00 – Game is dying down as Greece seem to resign themselves to the defeat.

86:00 – S. Korea capitalize on some slack defending and charge into the box but a great last second tackle pushes the ball out to another korean winger who fires but is well saved by the Greek keeper.

81:00 – Great one handed save by Sung-Ryong Jung as Gekas traps the ball outside the box, spins and sends a cannon goal bound.

79:00 – The Greek side have really picked up their game. Its really too late but they’re now beginning to trouble the South Korean defense somewhat. They’re still leaving big gaps in their back line that S. Korea are exposing but at least Greece are pressing the Korean defense back.

76:00 – Greece send in a cross which ricochets around the box and is volleyed hard but right into a defenders side. Greece appeal for handball (it wasn’t) but the offside flag was up.

74:00 – Kim Nam-Il on for Ki Sung Yueng who set up the first goal. Apparently this is a defensive move for South Korea.

73:00 – Greece are getting balls in the box but their control is failing them. They win a corner but they should be doing better.

70:00 – The Greeks showing some more attacking intent here but the score remains the same. Meanwhile on a completely different note Vegan food I had last night (rehearsal dinner I was at) 2 – Me 0

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Recap Day 1 – June 12th Preview

Soccer City

The sound of the vuvuzela could be heard as early as 5am as South Africa woke up in anticipation for the first ever world cup to be held on African soil.

Tragically Nelson Mandela’s great granddaughter, Zenani Mandela was killed in a drunk driving accident after coming from the welcoming concert so the great leader could not be present at the first game.

Sepp lead things off with a standard speech and not long after that, the game was under way. South Africa were very nervy in the opening minutes and almost conceded an early goal.

Mexico maintained an early dominance in the game but couldn’t break through. As the half progressed, the Bafana Bafana began to gain composure but still El Tri attacked. Dos Santos was the main culprit and looked dangerous every time he had the ball.

Twice in the first half Franco could have put the Mexicans ahead with unchallenged opportunities with a free header, but he put them over both times.

In the 36th minute, the ball was in the back of the South African net but the goal was correctly ruled offside.  As the half died down, South Africa pressured the Mexican goal but both teams went into the dressing rooms goalless.

He unleashed an stoppable shot for the Cups first goal

The second half was a different story as Bafana Bafana showed an attacking intent and spurned on by the crowd started to play with more confidence. One could clearly see the beautiful and effective Brazilian playing style installed into the South African players by coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. A great through ball released Tshabalala and he sent an unstoppable shot into the top right corner of the net.

It was a tremendous goal and one that deserved a great dance celebration from Desmond Tutu. South Africa continued to attack and was pressing for more, but a basic defensive error of a corner in the 79th minute gifted Marquez the ball and he calmly shot the ball past Khune.

South Africa had a chance to win it in extra time but Mphela’s shot hit the outside of the post.

A couple of hours later in Cape Town, France met Uruguay. I thought this would be an attacking game with lots of goals as the quality of attack minded players possessed by both nations was very high.

From the outset though, it was obvious that Uruguay were going to play for the draw. Domenech got his tactics wrong or just didn’t care and left two of his most creative players on the bench.

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