Friday • 2006-09-08

England - Korea   0 : 1

0:1 (0:0)

Umpires:
 

Henrik Ehlers (DEN)
Sumesh Putra (CAN)
 

GOALS

59'   0:1 Sung Hoon Yoon

KOREA - AFTER A POOR MATCH - CAME OUT ON TOP OF POOL B

Korea came out on top after a poor match by both sides.

Both teams started defensively crowding together by the center line. Korea attempted an attack down the right through Seong Jung Kang, but were unable to really threaten the English goal. Most of the play during the first half found itself confined to the midfield and peppered with small unforced errors. England maintained slightly more possession but were unable to make it through the Korean defense with all their players remaining in their own half.

The only real chance for a goal in the first half came from a Korean short corner though Jang's shot sailed over the cross bar.

The second half began in much the same vein with few highlights to remark of, Mantell's shot from the first short corner for England in the 42nd minute missing it's target. England were unable to take advantage of Seo's yellow card 4 minutes later. Despite being down one man, Korea were still the more active team.

 

A goal from a free hit in the 49th minute was referred to Blasch, the video umpire who then disallowed it due to an English touch. England left it to the last 5 minutes to launch a last offensive. Korea tried to clear with long flicks but Daly managed to win a short corner in the last minute after a Korean stick foul. The corner was taken after a number of false starts by the Koreans, earning Cha a yellow card, but the shot by Mantell went wide of the right post.

 

Korea scraped through with a 1:0 victory over a disappointed English side, who could not replicate their strong performance against India the day before. Korea simply made the most of the final quarter, earning themselves their victory. With two wins from as many games, the Koreans have assured themselves a good position for the next round of the competition.

 

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