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South Korea were held to a goalless draw by Peru in a friendly match at the Suwon World Cup Stadium today. The Koreans were playing with a team made up of players from clubs in their own domestic league and the Japanese J League whereas the Peruvians had brought along Bundesliga stars such as Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan, as well as Paolo Guerrero of Corinthians. However, none of the South Americans’ attacking talent could unlock the resolute Korean defence and the game ended 0-0.
That result makes it five matches without a win for South Korea with only one goal scored in that period. Since their 1-0 win over Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifying, they have lost at home to Iran and been held to goalless draws by Australia and China in the East Asian Cup before losing to Japan in the same competition. Their next scheduled fixture is a friendly at home to Croatia on the ninth of September.
Peru had lost away at Colombia the previous time out following a decent run of results and they will hope to get back to winning ways when South American World Cup qualifying resumes next month. They face Uruguay at home on the 7th of September and a tripp to Venezuela two days later, with their two final fixtures in October.
Kang-Hee Choi’s South Korea team took a massive step towards World Cup 2014 qualification with a 1-0 win against their closest rivals Uzbekistan at home in Seoul. It was a close contest and only an own goal just before half time from Bunyodkor midfielder Akmal Shorakhmedov separated the two teams. The win opens up a three point advantage for the Koreans over the Uzbeks at the top of the group with only one game to go, although Iran, a point further back in third place, have a game in hand and could also still win the group.
The final round of matches next week (18-06-2013) sees South Korea take on Iran in another crunch match in Ulsan whilst Uzbekistan host Qatar in Tashkent. The top two in the table qualify automatically for next summer’s tournament in Brazil with the third placed team going into a play-off.
South Korea: Sung-Ryong Jung, Chang-Soo Kim, Tae-Hwi Kwak (Ki-Hee Kim 81), Young-Gwon Kim, Chi-Woo Kim, Chung-Yong Lee (Dong-Won Ji 90+3), Jong-Woo Park, Myeong-Ju Lee, Keun-Ho Lee (Dong-Gook Lee 64), Shin-Wook Kim, Heung-Min Son
Uzbekistan: Nesterov, Ismailov, Denisov, Tuhtahujaev, Haydarov, Djeparov, Kapadze, Akhmedov, Shorakhmedov (Tursunov 76), Gadoev, Bakayev (Geynrikh 75) (Tadjiyev 85)
There were four crucial matches in the Asian section of the World Cup 2014 qualification tournament this week with the headline news being that Japan became the first team to secure their qualification. They cannot now be overtaken at the top of Group B following their draw with Australia and Oman‘s victory over Iraq. Japan had gone behind to a late goal from Tommy Oar, but they won a late penalty to equalise through Keisuke Honda and draw 1-1. Oman‘s 1-0 win over Iraq in Muscat came courtesy of an Ismail Al Ajmi goal in injury time at the end of the first half.
Any of the other four teams from Group B could still finish in second spot and seal automatic qualification for the finals behind the Japanese. Oman are in pole position on nine points but they have played a game more than the other three. The remaining fixtures are Australia v Jordan and Iran v Japan on Tuesday the 11th of June and Australia v Iraq and Jordan v Oman on Tuesday the 18th of June.
In Group A Qatar and Lebanon saw their hopes of automatic qualification ended and indeed Lebanon are now completely out as they can no longer even make the play off for the fifth spot following their 1-1 draw with South Korea in Beirut. Lebanon had looked set to win as they led for most of the match through Hassan Maatouk’s 12th minute strike but their hopes were dashed deep into injury time when Chi-Woo Kim equalised for the Koreans, who now top the group. Iran beat Qatar 1-0 away in Doha with a goal from Reza Ghoochannejhad to keep the pressure on South Korea and Uzbekistan at the top of the table. The remaining Group A fixtures are South Korea v Uzbekistan and Iran v Lebanon on Tuesday the 11th of June and South Korea v Iran and Uzbekistan v Qatar on Tuesday the 18th of June.
The current group tables are as follows:
South Korea improved on their showing from Germany four years ago and qualified for the knockout phase of the World Cup for the first time ever outside of their home turf. They produced a couple of good performances and looked a well organised team with one or two exceptional individuals but didn’t quite have the quality to progress further than the second round.
They started strongly, with their best result of the tournament, a 2-0 win over Greece. Lee Jung Soo gave them an early lead in only the 7th minute and Manchester United’s Park Ji Sung added a second shortly after the interval. It was a good time the catch the Greeks as they never got out of the starting blocks and Korea could and should have scored several more.
The stroll in the park against Greece did nothing to prepare the Koreans for their next opponents. Argentina had also won their opening game and were approaching top form meaning Huh Jung Moo’s team had a completely different task ahead of them. Containment was the order of the day and, although they were thoroughly outplayed, they did at least manage to keep the score down in the first half. Argentina could have run up a cricket score in the first 45 minutes but it is credit to Moo’s men that they went in only a goal behind thanks to Lee Chung Yong’s goal in added time.
The second half brought more of the same and South Korea were unlucky to come up against an imperious Lionel Messi pulling the strings for Tevez and Higuain. It was Messi’s free kick that had been deflected in off Park Chu Young for the opener and the little maestro went on to serve up a hat-trick for Higuain in what became a 4-1 demolition. Still, there was all to play for in their final group game.
A win against Nigeria would have guaranteed progress and a draw was always likely to be enough and in the event a draw was what Korea got although it was a close run thing. They went behind in the 12th minute and could have fallen further adrift before Lee Jung Soo’s equaliser seven minutes before half time. Park Chu Young put Korea ahead early in the second half when he struck home the first free kick goal of the tournament but they rode their luck for the rest of the game conceding a penalty for the equaliser and surviving a an open goal comically missed by Yakubu before their place in the second round was finally secured by the final whistle.
Their last sixteen encounter pitted them against Group A winners Uruguay and the occasion inspired another fine performance from the South Koreans but they ended up losing out by the odd goal in three. It was a closely contested match that could have gone either way right up until the last ten minutes when Uruguay’s Suarez produced a fine individual strike to win it. The same player had given the South Americans an early lead but Korea fought back through Lee Chung Yong’s header in the 68th minute and had chances for a winner of their own.
Second in their group and a narrow second round defeat was probably par for the course for this squad but they can be relatively happy with their performance and have every chance of building on it over the coming years ahead of their next assault on the World Cup.
The South Korean squad submitted to FIFA was as follows:
NUMBER – POSITION – NAME – AGE- CLUB
1 – GK – LEE Woon Jae – 37 – Suwon Bluewings
18 – GK – JUNG Sung Ryong – 25 – Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
21 – GK – KIM Young Kwang – 26 – Ulsan Hyundai
2 – DF – OH Beom Seok – 25 – Ulsan Hyundai
3 – DF – KIM Hyung Il – 26 – Pohang Steelers
4 – DF – CHO Yong Hyung – 26 – Jeju United
12 – DF – LEE Young Pyo – 33 – Al Hilal
14 – DF – LEE Jung Soo – 30 – Kashima Antlers
15 – DF – KIM Dong Jin – 28 – Ulsan Hyundai
22 – DF – CHA Du Ri – 29 – SC Freiburg
23 – DF – KANG Min Soo – 24 – Suwon Bluewings
5 – MF – KIM Nam Il – 33 – Tom Tomsk
6 – MF – KIM Bo Kyung – 20 – Oita Trinita
7 – MF – PARK Ji Sung – 29 – Manchester United
8 – MF – KIM Jung Woo – 28 – Gwangju Sangmu
13 – MF – KIM Jae Sung – 26 – Pohang Steelers
16 – MF – KI Sung Yueng – 21 – Celtic
17 – MF – LEE Chung Yong – 21 – Bolton Wanderers
19 – MF – YEOM Ki Hun – 27 – Suwon Bluewings
9 – FW – AHN Jung Hwan – 34 – Dalian Shide
10 – FW – PARK Chu Young – 24 – Monaco
11 – FW – LEE Seung Yeoul – 21 – FC Seoul
20 – FW – LEE Dong Gook – 31 – Jeonbuk Motors
Spain’s second warm up match for the 2010 World Cup finals produced another late winner in their favour. Playing again in Innsbruck, Austria, the match was a much tighter affair than last time out. It remained goalless until Sevilla’s Jesus Navas popped up to fire home a long range thunderbolt in the 87th minute and seal victory over the Koreans.
The result means that South Korea now go into the finals on that back of consecutive 1-0 defeats to Belarus and Spain, having previously showed some promising form. Spain have a final warm up match back home in Murcia against Poland to fine tune their preparations before heading to South Africa.
Spain 1-0 South Korea (03/06/2010)
45 Valdes for Reina
58 Alonso for Iniesta
58 Xavi for Fabregas
58 Pedro for Mata
58 Villa for Llorente
80 Silva for Martinez
45 Jung Sung-Ryong for Lee Woon-Jae
45 Kim Nam-Il for Kim Jae-Sung
66 Ahn Jung-Hwan for Yeom Ki-Hun
81 Cha Du-Ri for Oh Beom-Seok
South Korea continued their World Cup build up with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Belarus in front of a small crowd in Kufstein, Austria. Successive 2-0 victories over Ecuador, at home in Seoul, and away against Japan with a particularly impressive performance in Saitama, had raised confidence levels in the Korean camp but they will have been brought back down to earth somewhat with this result.
This was the first of two matches for the Koreans at their pre-world cup altitude training camp in Austria, and perhaps they need longer to adjust to the conditions. Coach Huh Jung-Moo fielded a strong side but they tired in the second half and succumbed to a 53rd minute strike from the edge of the box by Dinamo Minsk midfielder Syarhey Kislyak, who marked his 6th cap for Belarus with his maiden international goal.
South Korea now have one more friendly fixture in which to fine tune their preparations for the finals. They face much fancied Spain in Innsbruck on the 3rd of June before heading to South Africa in advance of their opening World Cup Group B fixture against Greece in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth on the 12th of June.
Belarus 1-0 Korea Republic (30/05/2010)
32 Lee Jung-Soo for Kwak Tae-Hwi
73 Seungyoul Lee for Chu-young Park