Jung Sung-Ryong 5.5 – An as expected showing by Jung, average and a little panicky at times. If he could, Jung should buy the goalpost a drink as it made more saves than he did.
Lee Yong 6.5 – A solid night for the right back who held his own against Samaras. His crossing still disappoints me though, as he always seems to just knock it in there rather than look for someone.
Hong Jeong-Ho 7.0 – Kept Mitroglou firmly in his pocket and didn’t allow the dangerous striker any space.
Kim Young-Gwon 7.0 – A good night for Kim as well who was busy sweeping up after Kim Jin-Su.
Kim Jin-Su 6.0 – A disappointing first half for Kim who left far too much space behind him. Almost all of Greece’s attacks early came from his side. Did better in the second half though.
Han Kook-Young 6.5 – A decent night for Han who, as usual, snapped and kicked at anything that came near. In hindsight though, given Greece’s poor offensive showing, could a more balanced midfielder helped the team more?
Ki Sung-Yueng 6.5 – Solid from Ki. Did well under considerable Greek pressure to retain possession and keep things going.
Lee Chung-Yong 6.0 – Mixed for Lee Chung-Yong, who seems to be developing a “chippier” attitude lately (getting in little kicks, arguing). Missed a great one-on-one chance early, but ran, did the dirty work, and showed his class on the ball.
Koo Ja-Cheol 6.0 – Provided the assist for Son’s goal, but left the winger with a bit to do (ball was too heavy). Koo frustrated me a little as he ran and worked a lot, but there seemed to be little production from it. Koo at times seems to embody the slightly reckless, head first way the team plays at times.
Son Heung-Min 7.0 – I actually wasn’t thrilled with Son’s performance, but a goal and assist are big. Thought he was largely anonymous in the first half, and too often dribbled into traffic when better passing options were available. I think there are still questions about his role in the team.
Park Chu-Young 6.5 – While I’m thrilled and delighted for Park, I’ll have to rain on the parade a bit here. The goal was well taken, and I doubt any other player (save Son and perhaps Koo) would have been able to finish first time like he did. BUT other than that and the layoff for Lee’s chance, Park disappeared. His movement was good, and he showed signs of life, but for a 45 minute half I’d say he only showed up for about 10.
Kim Shin-Wook 5.5 – Played the second half and the team looked more like it has looked in recent months. A bit sluggish and thin up top. Kim often came too deep for my liking, and was unable to recover in time to get in threatening positions.
Kim Bo-Kyung 6.0 – A short appearance, but Kim failed to really make any impression on the game. Returned to his left wing position for this one. I worry that Kim’s performances are suffering due to the constant shifting of his role for club and country.
Lee Keun-Ho 6.0 – Typical Lee Keun-Ho. Energetic and got into good positions, but a heavy touch and second-slow decision making makes him a bit frustrating.
Ha Dae-Sung s.v. – Late appearance for Ha, who didn’t have enough time to put his mark on the game.
Hong Myeong-Bo 7.0 – I don’t agree with all of Hong’s tactical decisions, but it’s hard to argue with the result. I was also disappointed with Hong sticking with the regular, starting XI for most of the game. Surely after the second goal that would have been the time to check out the likes of Park Joo-Ho, Nam Tae-Hee, Ji Dong-Won, etc. no?
A solid showing, but on a different day the score could (and probably should) have ended 2-2. Nevertheless the team will feel good about itself, and deservedly so. The attack showed signs of fluency, and while I wanted more, Park Chu-Young showed that he is the most capable forward we have at the moment. There are certainly still questions and concerns about the defense and goalkeeping position, but those will hopefully be ironed out as the Asian leagues get into swing and the players round into form.