Day 12 Recap

DURBAN, June 23, 2010 Park Chu-Young (L) of South Korea celebrates his goal during the 2010 World Cup Group B soccer match against Nigeria at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban, South Africa, on June 22, 2010.

Group A

South Africa 2 – France 1

Mexico 0 – Uruguay 1

Advancing: Uruguay and Mexico

South Africa, helped along by Yoann Gourcuff’s 26th minute showing off, continued the process of shaming the French. Their attack bounced from wing to wing and had a 53rd minute Katlego Mphel shot hit the net instead of the post, they’d be through at the expense of Mexico. As it stood, Bongani Khumalo (20th) and Mphela (37th) gave slight hope to their countrymen, though the squad could not finish the task.

Flourent Malouda picked up a consolation goal for the French.

Mexico and Uruguay, each only needing a tie, didn’t play for a draw and, despite the low scoreline, were in the opposition’s penalty area numerous times, though Luis Suarez was the only player able to score, heading in a 43rd minute cross.

Group B

South Korea 2 – Nigeria 2

Greece 0 – Argentina 2

Advancing: Argentina and South Korea

South Korea rode a tightrope all night, letting the Nigerians have multiple chances at finding a winner. The draw – coupled with Greece’s loss – allowed South Korea to finish runners-up to Argentina. Kalu Uche (12th) and Aiyegbeni Yakubu (penalty – 68th) tallied for Nigeria while Lee Jungo-Soo (38th) and Park Chu-young (49th) matched their efforts.

South Korea at times appeared effortless in their build-up, but Nigeria generated plenty of scoring opportunities as well. Yakubu was lucky his side earned a penalty, as he missed a howler a few minutes prior. With better finishing, the Africans would have been through.

For their efforts, South Korea gets to play Uruguay.  They’ll meet on Saturday, while Argentina and Mexico have a clash scheduled for Sunday.

Be on the lookout for Ben Koch’s Argentina summary later in the day.

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