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Saturday, 12th June 2010
Strolll in The Park

Group B Match

South Korea Flag Greece Flag
South Korea vs Greece in Port Elizabeth.

South Korea surprised us all in 2002 and Greece surprised the European football world in 2004. Now what surprises do they have for each other?

Right from the start, it was South Korea who looked the more energetic.

From a South Korea free-kick, near the left corner-flag, an unmarked Lee Jung-Soo ran towards the far post and side-footed the ball into the empty half of the Greece goal; with just seven minutes played.

Eight minutes later, Lee Chung-Yong had a penalty claim turned down as South Korea continued to make most of the early running.

South Korea should have been three goals up in the 28th minute, when Park Ji-Sung's pass to perfection caught the Greek defenders flat-footed again and Monaco's Park Chu-Young with a free run through on goal.

Greece went into the dressing room still in with a chance when in reality they weren't really in the game.

Half-time: 1:0

Christos Patsatzoglou replaced Giorgos Karagounis, the Greece captain, at the start of the second-half.

The substitution didn't do much to change the balance of play as South Korea soon doubled their lead; Park Ji-Sung running clean through the middle, shaking off Avraam Papadopoulos and Loukas Vyntra to slip the ball across Alexandros Tzorvas.

After Greece changed their attacking options, around the hour mark, Park Chu-Young was presented with a golden opportunity when Cha Du-Ri's ball landed on his head.

Then, with ten minutes left on the clock, Theofanis Gekas checked to see if the South Korea goalkeeper was awake; with a rising shot from the middle of the penalty area.

That was about it from the Greeks; a tragedy. For South Korea, a stroll in the park.

Final Score:
South Korea 2 Greece 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Lee Jung-Soo (7 mins)
2:0 Park Ji-Sung (52 Mins)

Man of The Match:
Park Ji-Sung - Always a danger with his passing and sealed the win for outh Korea early in the second-half.


Travel to South Korea South Korea:
18 Jung Sung-Ryong; 12 Lee Young-Pyo, 14 Lee Jung-Soo, 4 Cho Yong-Hyung, 22 Cha Du-Ri; 17 Lee Chung-Yong, 16 Ki Sung-Yueng, 8 Kim Jung-Woo, 7 Park Ji-Sung; 10 Park Chu-Young, 19 Yeom Ki-Hun.

Travel to Greece Greece:
12 Alexandros Tzorvas; 15 Vasilis Torosidis, 8 Avraam Papadopoulos, 11 Loukas Vyntra, 2 Giourkas Seitaridis; 6 Alexandros Tziolis, 21 Kostas Katsouranis, 10 Giorgos Karagounis; 17 Theofanis Gekas, 7 Georgios Samaras, 9 Angelos Charisteas.

Michael Hester (New Zealand)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (Greece) - 3 Christos Patsatzoglou on for 10 Giorgos Karagounis
59 Mins (Greece) - 14 Dimitrios Salpingidis on for 7 Georgios Samaras
61 Mins (Greece) - 20 Pantelis Kapetanos on for 9 Angelos Charisteas
74 Mins (South Korea) - 5 Kim Nam-Il on for 16 Ki Sung-Yueng
87 Mins (South Korea) - 11 Lee Seung-Yeoul on for 10 Park Chu-Young
90 Mins (South Korea) - 13 Kim Jae-Sung on for 17 Lee Chung-Yong

Yellow Cards 1 Yellow Card:
56 Mins - Vasilis Torosidis (Greece)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
South Korea beat Greece (1:0) at Craven Cottage on 6th February, 2007.

The Road to The Final

2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
Uruguay vs France

Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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