• Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Substitutes score as Russia & South Korea share points

Aleksandr Kerzhakov of Russia shoots and scores his team's first goal past goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong of South Korea during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between Russia and South Korea at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil. Photo: Getty Images
Aleksandr Kerzhakov of Russia shoots and scores his team's first goal past goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong of South Korea during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between Russia and South Korea at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil. Photo: Getty Images

 

Group Match

Group H, Match 2

Russia fought back to draw 1-1 with South Korea at the World Cup, after a howler from goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, reports Goal.com.

Akinfeev and opposite number Jung Sung-Ryong had endured difficult nights in terms of catching the ball, and it would prove to be to the detriment of Fabio Capello's side in Cuiaba.

The CSKA Moscow keeper tried to catch a goal-bound effort from substitute Lee Keun-Ho but it bounced off his hands and into the net on 68 minutes to hand Hong Myung-Bo's men the lead at the Arena Pantanal.

Another sub Aleksandr Kerzhakov then came to Akinfeev's and Russia's rescue six minutes later. Tucking away an equaliser just three minutes after coming on, taking advantage of a scramble in the box created by a dangerous ball in from another substitute Alan Dzagoev. It was his 26th goal, which ties him for the nation's all-time goal-scoring record with Vladimir Beschastnykh.

Russia were more commanding in possession in the early stages, however, too many turnovers saw them susceptible on the counter-attack.

South Korea had the best chance of the opening 25 minutes, when Bayer Leverkusen forward Son Heung-Min went on a run from midfield to the edge of the area, only to spray his shot high and wide under little pressure.

The Russians set out to implement their banal style synonymous to Capello-coached sides, as they tried to pass their way around the Korean defence.

However, Russia began to create chances as they game opened up just after the half-hour mark.

Man of the Match: H M Son (KOR)

Match Commentary - as it happened

After a slow start, there was plenty of excitement in the second half. A comical howler from Akinfeev gave South Korea the lead, but Russia were well worth a point in the end, courtesy of an equaliser from substitute Kerzhakov.

90` + 4` ONE LAST CHANCE FOR RUSSIA. Kokorin pulls the ball across the six-yard box, but with too much pace to cause any real problems. That's all folks!

90` + 3` South Korea are hanging on a little, but Russia cannot find a way through. It looks as though both sides will have to settle for a point.

90` Yellow Card Koo Ja-Cheol

90` A looping header from the tireless Kokorin sails over after another fine ball from Kombarov. Kokorin then connects with a right-wing cross, but not cleanly enough. We will have four minutes of injury time and Russia are finishing the stronger.

88` Kerzhakov takes a tumble just outside the area, but there didn't look to be a foul there. The pace of the game has started to slow as the final whistle draws near. Will there be one last chance?

85` Kokorin almost gets in behind, but does not have the pace to evade the covering defender. Credit to Russia - they have been much improved since falling behind. But why did it take a South Korea goal to stir them into action?

88` Kerzhakov takes a tumble just outside the area, but there didn't look to be a foul there. The pace of the game has started to slow as the final whistle draws near. Will there be one last chance?

85` Kokorin almost gets in behind, but does not have the pace to evade the covering defender. Credit to Russia - they have been much improved since falling behind. But why did it take a South Korea goal to stir them into action?

84` Substitution: Heung-Min Son out, Bo-Kyung Kim in.

84` Dzagoev has transformed Russia as an attacking force and drills a low shot a couple of yards wide of Jung's right-hand post. We have just over six minutes remaining as Kim Bo-Kyung replaces Son

81` Akinfeev touches the ball for the first time since his error, accepting a simple catch from a mis-directed cross. He will be mightily relieved that Russia have managed to draw level. Fabio Capello's men win a corner of their own, but the danger is cleared.

79` Much to the delight of the crowd, both sides are throwing men forward in search of a winner. Goalscorer Lee makes a fine run down the right channel for South Korea and earns a corner.

77` For a long time, this match was not providing a great deal of excitement. That definitely is not the case now. We have a cracking finish on our hands in Cuiaba!

74` Assist Andrey Eschenko

74` Goal Aleksandr Kerzhakov

KERZHAKOV STRIKES! RUSSIA ARE LEVEL! Russia's substitues combine to great effect. The tricky Dzagoev wriggles his way into space before shooting from a tight angle. When his shot is parried away, the ball breaks to Kerzhakov, who shows his poacher's instincts by firing home on the turn!

74 `We have two further changes. Hwang Seok-Ho replaces the injured Hong Jeong-Ho for South Korea, while Igor Denisov is on in place of Denis Glushakov.

72` Substitution: Jeong-Ho Hong out, Seok-Ho Hwang in.

71` Substitution: Yuri Zhirkov out, Aleksandr Kerzhakov in.

71` A chipped cross from the byline, courtesy of Kokorin, is cleared away as Russia search for an immediate response. Zhirkov is then withdrawn, with Kerzhakov thrown on. How must Akinfeev feel right now?

68` Assist Kook-Young Han

 

Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev fails to save the 0-1 goal during the Group H football match between Russia and South Korea in the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Photo:AFP/Getty Images
Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev fails to save the 0-1 goal during the Group H football match between Russia and South Korea in the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Photo:AFP/Getty Images

 

68` Goal Keun-Ho Lee

68` GOAL FOR SOUTH KOREA - and Akinfeev has had a shocker!! Goodness me! Substitute Lee Keun-Ho shoots from distance following a swift break, which looks to be the wrong option. The ball drifts towards Akinfeev, who somehow contrives to fumble the ball over the line. That really was a dreadful piece of goalkeeping.

67` Long-range efforts have generally been the order of the day in this game. Neither team has been able to get in behind their opponents with any regularity. A fine cross from Kombarov tests Jung, who makes a diving punch clear under pressure.

64` And now it is Jung's turn to make heavy work of a relatively simple save. Kombarov's left-footed shot is not the strongest, but South Korea's goalkeeper palms wide with a degree of discomfort.

62` South Korea win another free-kick in a dangerous position, following a foul on Yoon Suk-Young. Ki delivers from the left, but Hong Jeong-Ho cannot get any power on his header towards goal and Akinfeev is not troubled.

60` Now then, here comes Dzagoev. Maybe he can inject some life into Russia's performance. After threatening at the start of the half, they have been forced onto the back foot again. Oleg Shatov is the man to make way.

 

South Korea's defender Kim Young-Gwon (L) vies with Russia's forward Alexander Kokorin during a Group H football match between Russia and South Korea in the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Photo:AFP/Getty Images
South Korea's defender Kim Young-Gwon (L) vies with Russia's forward Alexander Kokorin during a Group H football match between Russia and South Korea in the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Photo:AFP/Getty Images

 

58` Ki is cynically brought down by Aleksandr Kokorin, giving South Korea a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Akinfeev is once again unconvincing as he spills Kim Young-Gwon's strike.

56` Substitution: Chu-Young Park out, Keun-Ho Lee in.

56` Hong Myung-Bo is the first coach to make a change, introducing Lee Keun-Ho in place of Park

55` A corner from Ki finds Lee Chung-Yong, who can only send a header ballooning over the crossbar. Dmitri Kombarov then appears to stand on a delicate part of Park Chu-Young's body as he makes a tackle, but the referee merely awards a free-kick.

52` Akinfeev spills a strike from Ki that bounced in front of him, but is able to gather the loose ball. South Korea have responded well to Russia's strong start after the interval

50` Koo Ja-Cheol is at the thick of the action again, forcing Akinfeev to beat away a swerving 25-yarder. We may already have seen more action in this half than in the first!

49` Yellow Card Oleg Shatov

49` Ignashevich shows good strength at the other end to deny Koo, before Shatov picks up a cheap yellow card.

47` And Russia are immediately on the front foot, with Viktor Faizulin's shot from distance bringing a rather unconvincing save from Jung. Berezutski then rises high to meet the resulting corner, but finds the side netting.

45` + 1` The referee brings the opening period to a close. We have had three goalless halves in succession at the World Cup following Brazil's earlier draw with Mexico. Surely someone can find the net when play resumes?

45` A spell of South Korea pressure ultimately comes to nothing as Russia hold firm. I wouldn't like to pick a winner at the moment. The first goal may well prove all important.

43` It is hot and humid in Cuiaba, which could mean spaces open up the longer this game goes on. With the interval fast approaching, South Korea win a corner following some resourceful work from Son.

41` Ah yes, this is much better now. Oleg Shatov gets into a good position down Russia's left, only to see his low cross cleared. Both teams are appearing more dangerous in the final third.

39` And now South Korea spurn another opportunity. Son Heung-Min finds himself in space on the edge of the penalty area, but shows a lack of composure when blazing his shot high and wide.

37` Belatedly, this match appears to be coming to life. Can either side find a way through before half-time? An aerial collision means Hong Jeong-Ho is in need of some treatment

35` SO CLOSE TO AN OPENER! Koo Ja-Cheol shoots at the other end and sees his effort deflect no more than a yard wide. Igor Akinfeev was left rooted to the spot as the ball changed direction and was grateful to see the ball pass his left-hand post.

34` A Russian counter-attack ends in underwhelming fashion as Yuri Zhirkov shanks a left-footed shot wide of Jung's near post. I'm not sure an attempt on goal was his best option there.

32` Sergei Ignashevich tries his luck from the resulting free-kick and forces a decent save from Jung with a driven 35-yard strike.

37` Belatedly, this match appears to be coming to life. Can either side find a way through before half-time? An aerial collision means Hong Jeong-ho is in need of some treatment

35` SO CLOSE TO AN OPENER! Koo Ja-cheol shoots at the other end and sees his effort deflect no more than a yard wide. Igor Akinfeev was left rooted to the spot as the ball changed direction and was grateful to see the ball pass his left-hand post.

34` A Russian counter-attack ends in underwhelming fashion as Yuri Zhirkov shanks a left-footed shot wide of Jung's near post. I'm not sure an attempt on goal was his best option there.

32` Sergei Ignashevich tries his luck from the resulting free-kick and forces a decent save from Jung with a driven 35-yard strike.

31` OUCH! Ki Sung-Yueng hurls himself into a challenge on Aleksandr Samedov. The South Korea midfielder receives a yellow card and both players require a quick once-over from their respective physios before continuing.

30` Yellow Card Sung-Yong Ki

29` The corner is a poor one and punched away by Jung Sung-ryong. Russia threaten again moments later, but South Korea's goalkeeper remains untroubled.

27` Crucially, Russia and South Korea may not be too disappointed should they emerge with a point. Belgium are the favourites to top Group H, but these teams may welcome the opportunity to get ahead of Algeria early on, after the African nation went down 2-1 to Belgium earlier today. Anyway, Russia have a corner on the right.

24` While both sides appear relatively comfortable in possesion, we have yet to witness a meaningful effort on goal in Cuiaba. This game could do with a spark ...

22` South Korea are content to be patient when they have the ball, often stringing several passes together between their defenders before getting the ball forward. Will this approach pay off, I wonder?

20`Russia are looking the more likely to break the deadlock at the moment, but the game remains goalless as we reach the 20-minute mark

13` Yellow Card Heung-Min Son

13` STAT ATTACK: South Korea have conceded the first goal in eight of their past nine World Cup matches.

11` It really deserved a better finish! Korea with a lightning quick counter-attack as the ball is lofted forward for Koo Ja-Cheol. He picks out Son Heung-Min who charges at the defence, cutting into space on his right, but fires his shot over the bar. That's encouraging though for South Korea, and something for Russia to be wary of!

9` Nearly through on goal! South Korea enjoy some possession in the final third, and Lee Chung-Yong sends a lovely ball between two defenders for Ki Sung-Yong, but it's just out of reach as it rolls behind for a goal kick.

7` Russia is just starting to take control a bit as they put some pressure on the Koreans. An errant throw is intercepted by Young-Gwon Kim, but he can't control it as it runs behind for a Russian corner.

5` The superb atmosphere inside the stadium has yet to translate onto the pitch. The midfield is quite crowded and compact, which has made things difficult for either team as they try and push forward.

3` It's a rather cagey start to the match as the players look to settle in and calm their nerves. Both teams try and pass it around, but aren't having much success at the moment with plenty of giveaways early on.

1` Russia kick-off! The European side, moving left to right, are wearing their all red kits, while the Koreans are sporting all white.

SOUTH KOREA SUBS: Kim Chang-Soo, Kwak Tae-Hwi, Hwang Seok-Ho, Kim Bo-Kyung, Ha Dae-Sung, Lee Keun-Ho, Park Jong-Woo, Kim Shin-Wook, Ji Dong-Won, Kim Seung-Gyu, Park Joo-Ho, Lee Beom-Young.

SOUTH KOREA XI (4-4-2): Jung Sung-Ryong; Yong Lee, Kim Yong-Gwon, Hong Jeong-Ho, Yoon Suk-Young; Ki Sung-Yong, Han Kook-Young, Lee Chung-Yong, Koo Ja-Cheol; Park Chu-Young, Son Heung-Min.

RUSSIA SUBS: Kozlov, Schennikov, Semenov, Kannunikov, Denisov, Dzagoev, Kerzhakov, Lodygin, Granat, Mogilevets, Ryzhikov, Ionov.

RUSSIA XI (4-5-1): Akinfeev; Eshchenko, Ignashevich, Berezutskiy, Kombarov; Samedov, Fayzulin, Glushakov, Zhirkov, Shatov; Kokorin.

Commentary & Report: Goal dot com

Published: 4:20 am Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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