MATCH CENTRE

TUE 17 JUNE 2014, 23:59, ARENA PANTANAL

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Super-subs earn Russia, Korea draw

by Kalumiana Kalumiana

Wed June 18, 02:10

South Korea and Russia produced the third draw at the 2014 World Cup after finishing 1-1 in Cuiaba in their Group H opener.


Tuesdays draw came just an hour after Brazil and Mexico finished scoreless and 48 hours after Nigeria and Iran played out to the same result on Monday.


The Koreans dominated  the first half but came a little short on the final mile.


Bolton midfielder Chung Young Lee threaded the ball to Chu Young Park  but the Watford striker was caught offside in the 9th minute.


A minute later, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Heung Min Son sliced through Russia's defence with darting run but he elected to fire the ball high and over.


Russia’s only  first half chance came on 30th minutes when CSKA Moscow defender Sergei Ignashevich dispatched a superb long-range free kick that was saved by Sung Ryong Jung.


Russia survived four minutes later when Mainz striker Ja Cheol Koo's seemingly goal-bound shot from the edge of the area come off Ignashevich for a corner.


Russia made a bright second half start when Jung tapped over Viktor Faizulin's shot while Vasili Berezoutski's header from the resultant corner hit the side netting.


Igor Akinfeev then made two great saves just after the 50th minute denying Ja Cheol Koo and Kook Young Han in quick succession.


Meanwhile, the deadlock was broken in the 68th minute through Keun Ho Lee whose thundering volley was spilt on the near post by the highly-rated Akinfeev before the ball crossed the line.


Lee was on the pitch just 12 minutes after replacing  Chu Young Park.


However, that lead lasted just seven minutes when another substitute Alexander Kerzhakov scrambled  in the ball  from close range to equalise for Russia just three minutes after replacing Yuri Zhirkov.


Kerzhakov then wasted a chance to complete his brace deep into injury time when he skied a close range shot after connecting with a cross from Aleksandr Kokorin


South Korea and Russia have one point, two less than Group H leaders Belgium who rallied to beat bottom placed Algeria 2-1 earlier in the day in Belo Horizonte.


Russia face Belgium in Rio on June 22 while South Korea play Algeria on the same day in Porto Alegre.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ARENA PANTANAL
RUSSIA GOALS KOREA REP. GOALS
11. Aleksandr Kerzhakov (74') 11. Lee Keun-Ho (68')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
RUSSIA STARTING LINEUP KOREA REP. STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
22
Defender
73'
20
Defender
23
Defender
5
4
Defender
12
14
Defender
3
Midfielder
72'
8
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
49'
59'
17
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
13'
83'
9
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
30'
16
Forward/Striker
19
Forward/Striker
13
Forward/Striker
71'
18
Forward/Striker
56'
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Alan Dzagoev
Midfielder
59'
10
Lee Keun-Ho
Forward/Striker
56'
11
Aleksandr Kerzhakov
Forward/Striker
71'
11
Hwang Seok-ho
Defender
73'
6
Igor Denisov
Midfielder
72'
7
Kim Bo-Kyung
Midfielder
83'
7
CARDS
Oleg Shatov
Midfielder
49'
17
Son Heung-Min
Midfielder
13'
9
Ki Sung-Yong
Forward/Striker
30'
16
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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