Well the GAME is ON this Saturday with our first real win of the 2010 World Cup. After the pummeling that Greece just took by South Korea it’s a wonder if they’ll ever be able to recover. While we knew that they haven’t been their best lately (Failing to qualify for the 2006 world cup and vanishing from the Euro cup in 2008 after the first round) we expected a little something today and were sadly mistaken..
What we expected?
A huge fight between Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung and Georgios Samaras – With Ji-Sung’s power and Samaras’ agility it will be a match to see who can over take the other and take control of the midfield. We also expect that the great Theofanis Gekas won’t let us down being the top scorer in Europe during World cup qualifying.
This game was quite an interesting one. The game started with a nice early lead by South Korea in the sixth minute lead by Lee Jung-Soo. The party starts after a free kick next to the corner flag flies right over Greek defenders right into the hands (er.. feet) of Lee Jung-soo for the early goal.
A couple interesting moments in the first half followed: South Korea’s Ji Sung and Park Chu-young work together to make a goal only to have it coolly defeated by Greek Goaltender Alexandros Tzaorvas. This followed an attack by Torosidis to Samaras who fails to give the ball enough power to get passed by the likes of South Korean Keeper Lee Woon-jae.
After halftime, energy rose again in the fifty second minute of the game when Park Ji-Sung shimmies past two defenders and Alexandros Tzorvas into another goal after seizing possession from the Greeks. At this point, it didn’t look for Greece.
What’s a Greek To Do?
So what do you do when things are getting rocky? Well, if you’re Greece’s Torosidis you’ll tackle a member of the opposing team and win yourself a classy yellow card just to let your team know you’re still ready to fight even if you can’t make a connection on the field.
The game ended with Greece trying to bring up the energy with a few substitutions towards the end of the game. Although they looked really powerful towards the end there the greek team was unable to come back. We do however, would like to send over some honorable mentions to Fanis Gekas who got serious and really started putting some pressure there at the end.
With South Korea so far dominating the Group, it will be interesting to see if they can keep it up.
South Korea battles it out with Argentina on June 17, 7:15am ET while Greece goes head to head with Nigeria June 16 at 9:45am ET.