Argentina crush South Korea 4-1 in Group B

Deigo Maradona’s Argentina sit perched at the top of Group B at the 2010 World Cup thanks to their brilliant 4-1 win over South Korea at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.

Argentina are almost assured of a passage into the next round after a Chu-Young Park’s own goal followed by a Gonzalo Higuain hat-trick sealed the South American team’s win in their Group B clash.

South Korea were unable to find they space they found so easily against Greece but their hard work was rewarded just before half-time when Lee Chung-yong took advantage of a Demichelis error down back and slotted home a goal for the Koreans.

First Half
The first half belonged to Argentina with Lionel Messi always dangerous and ably assisted by Carlos Tevez and Angel Di Maria to give Argentina many options going forward.

Gonzalo Higuain was also starting to get into the game and the first Argentinian goal came from an unexpected source.

Messi had a free kick that was put into Chu-Young Park’s own goal by way of his shin and Argentina celebrated a 1-0 lead.

South Korea’s Ki Sung-Yong and Argentina’s Carlos Tevez both had shots at long range that sizzled without getting the desired result.

On the half hour Gonzalo Higuain tapped in on the end of some quality work by Messi and it was 2-0.

Argentina released the shackles and more goals appeared likely but it was South Korea who hit back just before the break when Martín Demichelis lapsed down back and Chung-Yong Lee made the score 2-1 at half-time.

First half rating (Out of 5): Argentina 4.5 – South Korea 2.5

Second Half
South Korea were better structured down back in the second half and they went forward much more than the first-half to cause a few minor concerns for Argentina but failed to find the net.

Argentina were creating plenty of chances without reward before more good work down the left by by Messi gave Higuain a simple tap in for his second goal and 3-1.

Barely 5 minutes had gone when Higuain scored a hat-trick, thanks to good efforts by Messi and substitute Sergio Aguero in the box, and Higuain had another easy finish for his third goal of the game.

The South Americans almost had a late goal to make it five but it was not to be and they won comfortably 4-1 over South Korea.

Second Half rating (Out of 5): Argentina 4.0 – South Korea 3.0

Final Score

Argentina 4 – 1 South Korea

16m Chu-Young Park O.G. (Arg)
33m Gonzalo Higuain (Arg)
45m Chu-Young Park (SK)
77m Gonzalo Higuain (Arg)
80m Gonzalo Higuain (Arg)

10m K. Yeom (NK)
34m C. Lee (NK)
55m J. Gutiérrez (Arg)
55m J. Mascherano (Arg)
74m G. Heinze (Arg)

Argentina Starting 11
Sergio Romero, Jonas Gutiérrez, Martin Demichelis, Walter Samuel , Gabriel Heinze, Maxi Rodriguez, Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez

23m Nicolas Burdisso for Walter Samuel
75m Sergio Agüero for Carlos Tevez
82m Mario Bolatti for Gonzalo Higuain

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

46m Nam-Il Kim for Sung-Yueng Ki
82m Dong-Gook Lee for Chu-Young Park

Team Game Rating (out of 10): Argentina 8.5 – South Korea 6.0

Match Thoughts

Argentina were simply too classy for South Korea and they dominated the game from start to finish with a quality display of football. Should win this group comfortably and are in very good shape heading into the next phase.

South Korea were outclassed in the first half against Argentina and they snagged a goal just before half-time with due diligence but they couldn’t stop the Argentina onslaught that was always brewing.

To the Koreans credit they come out after half-time and posed a few concerns for their opponents but they were never really in the contest.

Filed Under: 2010 World Cup