Thursday, June 17, 2010
Road to the 3rd World Cup : Argentina 4 - South Korea 1
Another very good performance for Argentina, but this time they were able to score on many of the chances they created and were able to end the game with the 3 goals difference they probably deserved vs Nigeria.
The game started as expected, with South Korea 100% focused on defending and Argentina moving the ball around and trying to create spaces on a really closed defense.
Bad news came fast, with Walter Samuel leaving the game with an injury that will be confirmed today. He could be out for 10 days, or maybe for the rest of the World Cup.
Angel Di Maria was more participative than the last game, and one of the best news for Argentina is that even though Lionel Messi is the best player in the team, they don't need a perfect game from him to win because Di Maria and Tevez can create enough danger as well.
Luck was on Argentina side too, and the game was opened with an own goal by Park Chu Yong. The 2-0 came a few minutes after that, but South Korea was still playing like the game was 0-0.
Right before half time, a huge mistake by Martin Demichelis brought South Korea back from the dead and showed again that this team still has to adjust some issues on the last line.
Argentina kept attacking in the 2nd half but the pressure was not as in the 1st half, and when things were looking difficult for Argentina, coach Diego Maradona showed that he's not as bad as a coach as most people thinks and put skilled Kun Aguero for a very tired Tevez, changing the game for good.
Gonzalo Higuain completed his hat-trick, winning back the confidence lost in the previous game and Argentina put a foot in the next round.
What's next ?
Rumours are that Maradona might give a rest to some players. Tevez, maybe Higuain and/or Lionel Messi could sit and maybe be replaced by Pastore, Aguero and/or Milito, but the place in the Round of 16 is still not confirmed so for now this are all speculations that will be confirmed or not during the weekend.
Jonas Gutierrez will be out for sure, suspended, and Javier Mascherano and Gabriel Heinze both have a yellow card and if they get a second would be out for the next stage, so they are the biggest candidates to rest against Greece.
Two wins...5 to go ?