|March 3rd, 2010|
|11||Pool A||6:30pm||ARG - KOR||1 - 2 (0 - 0)||Final|
Argentina and Korea have not met in World Cup action since 1994 in Sydney, when current Korean Coach Seok Kyo SHIN was still playing for his country.
Argentina started the match at full speed, creating two dangerous situations with a first shot crashing on the post and another one barely saved by Myung Ho LEE in the Korean goal. Korea replied at the other end by Eun Seong HONG (KOR), penetrating the circle down the baseline, but he could not shoot on target. Korea had two penalty-corners in a row, well saved by Juan Tomas ESPINOSA in the Argentinean goal, while at the other end Pedro IBARRA propelled his drag flick wide on the first penalty-corner for the South Americans.
Just like the previous one, this game lacked sustained tempo, as if the teams were not stimulated to play in a stadium nearly empty when India is not on the daily schedule, and half-time was reached without any goal.
The two teams managed to neutralize each other, with very few scoring opportunities, until the 53rd minute when Facundo CALLIONI concluded a long sequence of intense action in front of the Korean goal to score the first Argentinean goal of the competition. Korean tied the score a few minutes later by Nam Yong LEE, deflecting from close range a cross from the right.
Argentina had a few more penalty-corner chances but Pedro IBARRA was not in his usual lethal form and the score remained tied until the final minute when Korea earned a penalty-corner after a video-referral and this time Hyun Woo NAM managed to slot his low shot past Juan Tomas ESPINOSA to win the game on the wire, leaving Argentina dejected and without a point.
Match Facts (Argentina v. Korea):
> Korea beat Argentina 2-1 as Nam Hyun-Woo converted a penalty corner in the last minute of the match.
> Korea also pulled this trick in the 2006 World Cup. In their match against India they scored the winning goal in the 69th minute by converting a penalty corner.
> Facundo Callioni scored Argentina’s first goal at Delhi 2010 and the first World Cup goal for Argentina since Rodrigo Vila scored in the 2006 Final 9-10 against Japan (2-1).
> Lee Nam-Yong scored the equaliser for Korea. He joins Benjamin Wess (GER), Florian Fuchs (GER), David Alegre (ESP) and Ashley Jackson (ENG) as players to have scored in both of their team’s matches at the 2010 World Cup.