South Korea dominate Greece and score 2-0 win at Port Elizabeth

South Korea were much too good for Greece in their Group B match at Port Elizabeth Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturday and the Koreans dominated the encounter to finish with a 2-0 victory.

A crowd of up to 48,000 saw a wonderful display by South Korea as they decimated the Greek defence with some quality football.

Greece had little effect in the match and at times they were abysmal, whereas their opponents South Africa were highly organised, effective and combined as a team in all facets of the game in an exemplary performance.

First Half:
South Korea were all over Greece in the first-half and they took the lead early in the 7th minute when an unmarked Lee-Jung Soo was able to tap in from close range to give the South Koreans the lead.

The Koreans were too quick, too slick and too skillful for the Greeks and they continually put holes in Greece’s defence time after time and made the European side look second rate.

Greece appeared disjointed and in-cohesive and they offered little in the way of a contest.

South Korea should have had the game sewn up at half-time and it’s hard to work out if the Koreans were that good or the Greeks were just that bad.

In a game completely dominated by some clever passing by South Korea they led 1-0 at half-time.

First half rating (Out of 5): South Korea 3.5 – Greece 1

Second Half

The start of the second-half continued on like the first with South Korea in full control and they went 2-0 up on 52 minutes when Park Ji-Sung dashed past a couple of Greece defenders to put the ball in the back of the net and put the game beyond doubt.

The Koreans were fully in control and around the 65th minute they either got tired or took their foot off the pedal as Greece had a 15 minute period where they had 3 or 4 clear chances to pull a goal back.

The best chance came on 80 minutes when Gekas found the ball at his feet in the box and his shot was parried over the bar by the South Korean keeper.

In the final ten minutes South Korea had a couple of opportunities to added a third goal but the Greeks defence held up to keep them at bay.

The game ends with a 2 goal win to South Korea and their opponents Greece have a lot of work to do.

Second Half rating (Out of 5): South Korea 3.5 – Greece 1.5

Final Score

South Korea 2 – 0 Greece

7m J. Lee
52m J. Park

V. Torosidis (Gr)

South Korea Starting 11
Sung-Ryong Jung, Young-Pyo Lee, Jung-Soo Lee, Yong-Hyung Cho, Du-Ri Cha, Ji-Sung Park, Jung-Woo Kim, Sung-Yueng Ki, Chung-Yong Lee, Ki-Hun Yeom, Chu-Young Park

74m Nam-Il Kim for Sung-Yueng Ki
87m Seung-Yeoul Lee for Chu-Young Park
90m Jae-Sung Kim for Chung-Yong Lee

Greece Starting 11
Alexandros Tzorvas, Giourkas Seitaridis, Loukas Vyntra, Avraam Papadopoulos, Vasilios Torosidis, Georgios Samaras, Alexandros Tziolis, Konstantinos Katsouranis, Georgios Karagounis, Theofanis Gekas, Angelos Charisteas

46m Christos Patsatzoglou for Georgios Karagounis
59m Dimitrios Salpingidis for Georgios Samaras
61m Pantelis Kapetanos for Angelos Charisteas

Team Game Rating (out of 10): South Korea 7 – Greece 2.5

Match Thoughts

South Korea played the best football of the tournament so far and their cohesion and team work was high quality, although their opposition did not really apply much pressure. All you can do is play what’s put in front of you and South Korea played terrific football that should stand up against Nigeria and Argentina. As far as Greece is concerned, when you can’t say anything positive it’s best not to say anything at all.

South Korea

Positives: Team work and ability to find each other with crisp passing was high class and players ran hard for each other in top team effort.
Area to Improve: Goal keeper look as bit lost in the air and their defence may be exposed with high balls in the area against bigger forwards.
Where to now: Will relish the opportunity to test themselves against Nigeria and Argentina and their skill can cause both those teams some problems.


Positives: They qualified for the World Cup is a positive. The Greece team was deplorable and on that effort nowhere near the required standard.
Area to Improve: In defence, the midfield and up forward would be a start. A desire to be competitive at World Cup intensity would also help.
Where to now: Can only improve and would have to against Nigeria and Argentina on that performance. Very disappointing for Greece fans.

Filed Under: 2010 World Cup