Full Time
Korea Republic
2
 
0
Greece
J. Lee  7' 1-0 
J. Park  52' 2-0 
HT: 1-0
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Attendance: 31,513)
Referee: Michael Hester
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South Korea vs. Greece
Minute Commentary
93' FULL-TIME
South Korea deservedly saw off a lacklustre Greece at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium thanks to goals from Lee Jung-Soo and Park Ji-Sung. The Koreans were quicker to the ball, sharper in possession and showed greater will to get forward, and on this evidence will be a stiff test for both Argentina and Nigeria. As expected this was not a game for the neutrals, but against more expansive opposition South Korea should provide quality entertainment over the coming weeks.
92' THE WHISTLE GOES
Greece are put out of their misery as the whistle goes to bring an end to the game.
90' DARK HORSES?
Their achievements in 2002 have been underplayed, and it would be little surprise if South Korea made it out of this group on the evidence of today. While you would expect the likes of Spain and Brazil to rip the Korean defence apart, a run to the quarters or even semi-finals again isn't out of the question.
88' STILL A MYSTERY
There are few sides in world football that play such unadventurous football as Greece, yet they still create chances and will be disappointed not to have found the back of the net in this game. With Argentina and Nigeria to come it looks as if their chances of qualifying may be slipping away, and the nation is still waiting for their first ever World Cup goal.
86' WIDE OF THE POST
Lee Chung-Yong goes for a cheeky driven effort into the near corner, forcing the keeper into a save. It looked good, but Tzorvas would have been embarrassed if he'd let that slip in.
85' GEKAS STRETCHING
Greece's main man just can't quite reach a clipped ball into the area and another half-chance goes begging.
84' EASING TO A WIN
With a two goal lead it appears that South Korea have survived that brief storm from Greece and now look the more likely to score on the break.
81' DECENT EFFORT AND TOP SAVE
Gekas turns and hits the ball in a flash, forcing Jung Sung-Ryong into his first meaningful save of the match.
79' EMPTY SEATS
The official attendance has been announced, and it is 17,000 below the capacity of the ground. Probably the least attractive of all the group games, it is questionable why the organisers opted to hold it in a larger than average ground.
77' THE FLAG IS UP
Yet another ball into the box bounces awkwardly and strikes Lee Young-Pyo on the arm. Shouts for a penalty are turned down as the linesman's flag was already raised. Replays show that not one, but four Greek players were offside.
75' SUB FOR SOUTH KOREA
Manager Huh Jung-Moo responds to this Greece resurgence by bringing on another defensive player in Kim Nam-Il for Ki Sung-Yong.
73' SHOULD HAVE CROSSED IT!
Torosidis tries to flick the ball past the full-back and drive the ball at goal, but fluffs his lines. If he'd have looked up he'd have seen three of his team-mates unmarked on the edge of the six yard box just waiting to tap the ball home. They are understandably furious that he didn't opt to pass. That would have livened things up!
71' THERE'S LIFE IN THEM YET
Greece are finally showing how they managed to qualify for the finals, testing the South Korea defence. It is the substitutes Kapetanos and Salpigidis who are doing the damage down flanks.
70' ANOTHER CHANCE
This time Greece probably should score. The two attacking substitutes link well, but Kapetanos fires his effort from inside of the area well over the bar. He really should have at least got that on target.
68' HINT OF A CHANCE
Gekas' overhead kick goes high and wide. It may have only been the faintest glimmer of an opportunity, but the striker has been the only Greece player to cause the defence any problems and is still a threat... even if he only has scraps to feed off.
67' TEPID SINCE THE GOAL
Ever since South Korea scored their second it has been a dull affair at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Greece are offering virtually nothing going forward, while the Koreans are happy to just spray the ball about and have the occasional foray further forward.
64' OVER THE BAR
A wonderful cross by the impressive right-back Cha Du-Ri picks out Park Chu-Young. Unchallenged, six yards out, with just the keeper to beat, the striker can't even hit the target! That should have been a third and Chu-Young has now missed a couple of glorious opportunities to blot what has otherwise been an excellent performance by the lone striker.
63' MORE OF THE SAME
The Europeans may have brought on fresh legs, but it's still Korea who look full of running.
61' CH-CH-CHANGES
Greece make their third change, removing the equally ineffectual Charisteas from his strange position on the right of the front-three, replacing him with the more lively Kapetanos.
59' REHHAGEL MAKES A CHANGE
Samaras makes way for lively winger Salpigidis. The sub featured heavily in qualifying and it was a surprise that he didn't make the starting XI. Let's hope he can liven things up.
58' 'AVE IT!
Samaras picks up the ball on the edge of his own area, but with players around him and just one up top, opts for the usual Greek style and punts it long.
56' YELLOW CARD
Torosidis attempts to pressurise the right-back, but is late and picks up a deserved booking.
56' KEEP-BALL BY KOREA
With a two goal cushion and little to worry about at the back, Korea are just keeping possession and frustrating their opponents.
53' MORE ON THAT GOAL
Vyntra dallied on the ball in his own half, allowing Park to nip in and steal possession. The United man had options on either side, but opted to go alone, skinning the final man and clipping the ball past the keeper to finish a fine solo goal.
52' GOOOAAALLL!!!
Park Ji-Sung scythes through the Greece defence and makes it 2-0 to South Korea... and you can't say it's not deserved.
50' INFURIATING CHALLENGE
A pointless challenge by Charisteas on Lee Young-Pyo keeps the pressure on Greece. Rehhagel is livid on the touchline, and will surely be making further changes if this doesn't improve soon.
48' SAME STORY SINCE THE BREAK
Greece might have mixed things up, but the shape of the game is exactly the same since half-time, with South Korea camped in the Greece half and causing problems out wide.
46' SECOND HALF
Greece get the second half underway, and have made a change, removing the captain Karagounis and bringing on a central midfield replacement in the more athletic Patsatzoglou.
45' HALF TIME
South Korea take a deserved lead into the break thanks to Lee Jung-Soo's early strike, and in truth it could and should be more than just 1-0. Greece have been torn apart at the back by a lively Korean side, and Rehhagel will need to mix things up if his side are to get back into this.
45' ALMOST AN EQUALISER
The keeper Jung Sung-Ryong makes a real hash of what should have been a routine catch, almost allowing Gekas to steal in and grab the equaliser. If the striker had gambled there he would have had an open goal to aim for. It would be a travesty if South Korean didn't win this on the evidence of the first half, but will need to avoid any more of those hot-headed moments if they want to keep Greece at bay.
42' OVER THE BAR
More wayward finishing from Park Chu-Young. The South Korean front-man has looked lively and has got himself into some dangerous positions, but so far his shooting has been far from accurate.
40' LEARN FROM THE PAST
However, before we go all doom and gloom about Greece, it's best to remember that nobody rated them at any stage of Euro 2004, and they ended up beating some quality teams en-route to the lifting the title - playing in a not dissimilar way to this. South Korea will want a second goal sooner rather than later if they are to avoid becoming another scalp for the Greeks.
38' LACK OF WIDTH
Greece's virtually flat back-five was always likely to restrict their attacking game, but the choice to go with Charisteas and Samaras either side of Gekas - rather than the quicker more natural wingers in the squad - has left the team thoroughly disjointed and lacking any real goal threat.
37' PACE OF THE GAME DIPS
It's all gone a bit quiet as South Korea make do with keeping possession in the centre of the park, keeping Greece pinned back in their own half.
34' WHISTLE HAPPY
The referee Michael Hester isn't shy to blow up for a free-kick, and South Korea seem to be getting the raw end of the deal so far.
31' DEALT WITH WELL
Another Greece corner comes to nothing, and it looks like Otto Rehhagel will have to turn to a plan B - if he has one - to unlock this Korean defence.
28' LAST-DITCH STOP
A delightful curled through-ball picks out Park Chu-Young. The striker bursts through on the keeper, shrugging off the last defender, only to be denied by the out-stretched arm of Tzorvas. That could so easily have been 2-0, and South Korea are ripping Greece apart at the moment.
25' BIZARRE DECISION
Park Ji-Sung, who has had a rather severe change of hairstyle, beats his man and bursts clear into the box. However, the referee spots a foul that nobody else in the ground saw, and a genuine chance for the Koreans to double their lead goes begging. Park is furious, and doesn't hide it from the Kiwi match official.
23' MORE DECENT FOOTBALL
Another flowing move sets up Park Chu-Young, but the ball into the box is slightly behind him. The number ten just can't quite wrap his foot around the ball, sending his shot well wide.
21' NEEDLESS CORNER
Lee, the goal-scorer, gives away a needless corner, but his fellow defenders deal with the danger well.
18' AERIAL BOMBARDMENT
The Korean defence would have been expecting an aerial bombardment today, and Greece haven't disappointed, getting the ball into the box whenever they've had even a hint of an opportunity. So far though, the early attempt by Charisteas is the only effort of note by the European side.
15' NO PENALTY!
Greece are carved apart down their left by the dangerous Lee Chung-Yong. The Bolton winger goes over in the box, but the referee is not convinced and allows play to go on.
13' MISSING INGREDIENT
With few locals in the crowd, the atmosphere in Port Elizabeth provides a welcome respite for those already tired of the vuvuzela drone.
10' GREECE LOOK RATTLED
The European side are well and truly on the back foot, struggling to get out of their own half and looking lightweight at the back... despite playing with a back-five and a holding midfielder.
8' MORE ON THAT GOAL
Greece may have packed their team full of powerful defenders, but they didn't deal well with the first Korean set-piece cross of the game by Ki Sung-Yong, leaving Lee Jung-Soo in space at the back post to turn the ball home.
7' GOOOAAALLL!!!
Lee Jung-Soo puts South Korea ahead against Greece, from a set-piece of all things!!!
4' CLASH OF STYLES
While Greece prefer to go long to their talented front three, the Koreans are a much more attractive side to watch, flicking the ball around with confidence. Cha is the beneficiary of the team's first such move of the game, but sees his powerful shot from outside of the box charged down.
2' THREAT IN THE AIR
You didn't need to be a genius to predict that Greece would cause the South Korean defence problems in the air, and both Gekas and Charisteas prove the point with dangerous headed chances early on. The latter should really have at least hit the target.
1' KICK-OFF
South Korea, dressed in red and white, get the game underway... after a rather long delay due to technical issues with the match officials, apparently.
0' HERE THEY COME
The players emerge into a stadium that is far from full - perhaps unsurprisingly given the reputation of these two teams. However, the South Korean fans are as enthusiastic as ever, while the large Greek community in Port Elizabeth appear to have turned out in force.
0' TEAM NEWS
The teams are in, and as expected Park Ji-Sung and Lee Chung-Yong both start for South Korea. Greece name an experienced and solid line-up, with Samaras joining Charisteas and Gekas up top.
0' PREDICTION
South Korea are the team in form after wins over Ivory Coast, Ecuador and Japan in the build-up to the tournament, and are likely to be too lively for a limited Greece side to cope with.
0' WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Group B is wide open, and a victory for one of these sides would leave them in a great position to qualify. Defeat would be a huge blow, particularly with the talented Argentina to come.
0' ONES TO WATCH
Theofanis Gekas was top-scorer in European qualification and spearheads a clinical Greece attack, while for South Korea, Bolton midfielder Lee Chung-Yong has had an impressive season and could cause be a dangerous creative weapon.
0' STAR MEN
Both of these teams are greater than the sum of their parts, although Park Ji-Sung and Giorgos Karagounis stand out as the biggest names in both teams.
0' HOW THEY QUALIFIED
The most successful ever Asian nation at a World Cup, South Korea breezed through qualifying as usual. However, Greece went about it the hard way, twice losing to qualification group winners Switzerland and dropping points against minnows Moldova before beating Ukraine in the play-offs..
0' REFEREE
A certified referee since 2004, Michael Hester from New Zealand is one of the least experienced international referees at this World Cup, having only joined FIFA's elite list in January.
0' THE VENUE
The beautiful Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth is one of the most eye-catching stadiums in the world. Built on the edge of the lake and designed to resemble a flower, the ground holds just over 48,000 people and will host eight games at this summer's tournament.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
Lee Dong-Gook and Park Ji-Sung are both expected to feature for South Korea after recovering from knocks. However, Greece defender Vangelis Moras is likely to miss out with a thigh injury, meaning commentators' nightmare Kostantinos Katsouranis would slip back into defence.
0' PREVIEW
Although these are two non-fancied teams, the world should be wary of both South Korea and Greece after their stunning tournament performances in 2002 and 2004 respectively. Both will harbour hopes of progressing from Group B, and Greece may be forced to open up more than normal if they want to pick up three points. From a neutrals' perspective, let's hope so.
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Teams
Korea Republic
(4-4-2)
Sung-Ryong Jung18
Doo-Ri Cha22
Yong Hyung Cho4
7' Jung-Soo Lee14
Young-Pyo Lee12
90' Chung-Yong Lee17
75' Sung-Yeung Ki16
Jung Woo Kim8
52' Ji-Sung Park7
87' Chu Young Park10
Ki Hoon Yeom19
Substitutes
Young Kwang Kim21
Woon Jae Lee1
Dong-Jin Kim15
Beom- Seok Oh2
Min-Soo Kang23
Hyung Il Kim3
90' Jae Sung Kim13
75' Nam-Il Kim5
Bo-Kyung Kim6
87' Seung Ryul Lee11
Dong-Gook Lee20
Jung Hwan Ahn9
Greece
(4-4-2)
12Alexandros Tzorvas
2Giourkas Seitaridis
8Avraam Papadopoulos
11Loukas Vyntra
15Vassillis Torosidis 56'
6Alexandros Tziolis
10Giorgos Karagounis 46'
21Konstantinos Katsouranis
7Georgios Samaras 59'
9Angelos Charisteas 61'
17Theofanis Gekas
Substitutes
13Michail Sifakis
1Konstantinos Chalkias
3Christos Patsatzoglou 46'
16Sotirios Kyrgiakos
5Evangelos Moras
19Sokratis Papastathopoulos
4Nikolaos Spiropoulos
22Stelios Malezas
18Sotiris Ninis
23Athanasios Prittas
20Pantelis Kapetanos 61'
14Dimitrios Salpigidis 59'
Team Stats
Korea Republic Greece
2 Goals 0
1 Assists 0
18 Shots 6
7 Shots on Goal 2
2 Saves 3
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
14 Crosses 27
6 Corner Kicks 11
1 Offsides 4
14 Fouls Committed 12
0 Cautions/Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
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Korea Republic
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
18S. Jung - 0 0 0 2
4Y. Cho 0 0 0 - -
7J. Park 1 0 0 - -
8J. Kim 0 0 0 - -
10C. Park 0 0 0 - -
12Y. Lee 0 0 0 - -
14J. Lee 1 0 0 - -
16S. Ki 0 0 0 - -
17C. Lee 0 0 0 - -
19K. Yeom 0 0 0 - -
22D. Cha 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
5N. Kim 0 0 0 - -
11S. Lee 0 0 0 - -
13J. Kim 0 0 0 - -

Greece
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
12A. Tzorvas - 0 0 2 3
2G. Seitaridis 0 0 0 - -
6A. Tziolis 0 0 0 - -
7G. Samaras 0 0 0 - -
8A. Papadopoulos 0 0 0 - -
9A. Charisteas 0 0 0 - -
10G. Karagounis 0 0 0 - -
11L. Vyntra 0 0 0 - -
15V. Torosidis 0 1 0 - -
17T. Gekas 0 0 0 - -
21K. Katsouranis 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
3C. Patsatzoglou 0 0 0 - -
14D. Salpigidis 0 0 0 - -
20P. Kapetanos 0 0 0 - -
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CKCorner Kicks
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FCFouls Committed
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