Holyjoe wrote:Much better in the second half but the damage had been done.
I'd like to think that's Park Chu-young's World Cup over, he was useless in both matches and deservedly hooked both times. I'd be tempted by a change between the sticks as well, the defence looks shaky enough without playing in front of a keeper they don't appear to have any confidence in.
Disappointed in the extreme with the first half non performance...
Battered with a capital B thanks to negative tactics, lack of confidence, and poor team selection.
What's going on with the centre-backs and the keeper? Thought Kim, Young-gwon could have been useful but Algeria were so dominant in the air.
Two route one balls undid them, which was surprising considering Algeria have a good passing game (shown off by the 4th goal).
KSY let his man go on the 4th goal, hasn't shown much so far over the two games, and am wondering if this is due to the injury he suffered near the end of the season or fatigue.
Koo and Son have been the plus points for me. Son has looked dangerous, took his goal very well.
Park has contributed nothing at all and has done nothing to warrant his place and the other forwards have all looked better when they've managed to get on.
What might have been...
Algeria played to win from the start but Korea only went for it once it was too late. This definitely isn't a world cup for scraping out 1-nilers.
At 3-1 KSY had a great shot saved, if that goes in it could have been different. But Belgium will be rubbing their hands, if they can start passing the ball better themselves then there could be trouble again.
Credit to Algeria though, almost their whole squad play in top European leagues/teams, which I had no idea about until looking them up today. So perhaps not a shock they are doing so well. Can't see Russia beating them.