Argentina-Sublime

That would be the most appropriate term to describe Diego Maradona’s men as they ran riot over South Korea in today’s first match.  The two teams atop Group B coming into today did battle and the result was a  4-1 victory in favor of the Argentinians.

Argentina did well to unlock a very organized South Korean squad.  In their opening game against Nigeria last saturday, Leo Messi created loads of chances that talismen Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez could not put home in their 1-0 victory.  Today was a different story as the Sky Blues collectively ripped apart the Asian outfit.  Once again, Messi did much of the creating and was unlucky not to get his first goal of the tournament. 

The first two goals for Argentina came in the first half off of two free kicks from similar positions.  The first of which was an own goal thanks to Korean Park Chu-Young, and the second was headed in from Madrid forward Higuian.  It appeared things might get ugly until right on half-time when Argentina defender Martin Demichelis gave the ball up to Lee Chung-Yong outside the box.  All keeper Sergio Romero could do was watch as the Korean slotted it past him to put South Korea a goal back.

The second half was most entertaining as South Korea, to their credit, really pushed forward to try and get their much needed second goal.  They tried a number of long balls that called out the Argentinian backline, but the Koreans lacked the touch to bring most of them in.  They started to give up more and more space, and you could sense a goal coming in the other direction.

Sergio Kun Aguero came on in the 75th for Carlos Tevez, and his presence was felt immediately.  Kun Aguero played Messi into the box who fired two shots (one save from keeper Jung Sung-Ryong, and one off the post) which led to goal number three, a sitter for Higuain.  The beautiful play between Messi and Kun Aguero continued.  In the 80th minute, Messia chipped a pass to Aguero in the left side of the box which was crossed to Higuain for his second headed goal of the contest.  Higuain’s third goal made him the first to score a World Cup hat trick since Portugal’s Pauleta did it in 2002.

Signed, sealed, delivered.  The talk of Maradona’s incompetence on the bench is quieted for a few more days as they have all but sealed progress to the knockout stages.  An impressive performance from Argentina but we’re still waiting to see what they do against a top contender.

As for South Korea, their progress is still up in the air before their group finale with Nigeria.  Greece and South Korea are now favorites to join Argentina past the group stage.  After dropping their first two games, Nigeria amazingly still have a chance with a win and some help next week.

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