Korea Republic 2-0 Greece - Match Report

12 June 2010 02:44
Korea Republic 2-0 Greece - Match Report

South Korea got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over a poor Greece side in Port Elizabeth.

Goals either side of half-time from Lee Jung-Soo and captain Park Ji-Sung gave the 2002 co-hosts a well-deserved success against the 2004 European champions, who have yet to find the net in four games at World Cup finals tournaments.

Early on in the game Vassilis Torosidis met a corner, but poked his effort wide of the near post from ten yards out and South Korea quickly hit back to take the lead with seven minutes on the clock.

A free-kick from close to the left corner flag was swung in by Ki Sung-Yong and Lee Jung-Soo sidefooted home unmarked from close range at the far post.

That blow clearly affected Greece, who failed to exert any pressure despite fielding a three-man attack.

They nearly fell 2-0 behind just before the half-hour mark when Park Chu-Young ran clear, but his shot was deflected off the feet of keeper Alexandros Tzorvas and ended up on the roof of the net.

That proved to be the final clear chance of a low-key first 45 minutes, but Greece head coach Otto Rehhagel had clearly seen enough and took skipper Giorgos Karagounis off at the interval.

It made little difference however, as Korea doubled their lead soon afterwards as Park Ji-Sung pounced on a defensive error, drove past the last defender and placed his shot beyond the advancing Alexandros Tzorvas.

That prompted more changes from Greece, with all three replacements on the pitch soon after the hour mark.

In truth they had little effect, with Korea well on top and calm and controlled in possession.

The impressive Park Chu-Young headed over from ten yards out, after a fine ball in from the right from Cha Doo-Ri, before Greece carved out a couple of half-chances.

Theofanis Gekas finally forced a save from Korean keeper Jung Sung-Ryong with a smart left-foot shot on the turn from 15 yards out nine minutes from time.

Korea, though, finished the game on top, with Tzorvas keeping out efforts from Park Chu-Young and Lee Chung-Yong.

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Source: DSG