Day 2 Recap

PORT ELIZABETH, June 12, 2010 Park Chu-Young of South Korea (L) is tackled by Avraam Papadopoulos of Greece during their group B first round match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on June 12, 2010. South Korea won 2-0.

Korea Republic 2 – Greece 0

A focused and disciplined Korean side strolled fairly easily to victory over a disorganized and ineffective Greece. The Koreans first struck less than 7 minutes in when defender Lee found himself unmarked in the Greek box as a cross came from a free kick just a few feet from the corner flag. Greece were unable to gain any traction, and seemed at a loss to imagine anything beyond searching long balls and hooking crosses into the box. The Koreans held their shape, and never abandoned their technical and occasionally speedy playing style. The game’s second goal came in the second half when Manchester United midfielder J.S. Park capitalized on a sloppy pass across the Greek midfield and sprinted into the box, placing a rolling ball across the keeper and into the net.

Although the Koreans didn’t always show the ability to finish clinically, Nigeria–and even Argentina–will want to take note of how effective the technical, Korean collective can be.

Argentina 1 – Nigeria 0

Maradona’s three-pronged offense sent the message early that Argentina will be pulling no punches with its prolific lineup of forwards. The scoreline sounds much more modest than it should, thanks primarily to an outstanding performance from Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama.

Watch for a more detailed report of this match tomorrow.

England 1 – USA 1

Read Blake Owen’s match summary, tactical analysis, and tracking of Landon Donovan’s touches.

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