Holy crap. That was a rollercoaster of emotions. From a lucky but deserved goal for Korea by the Soldier, Lee Keun-Ho, to a defense fail, questionable handball, and a tap in for the Russians all after a great Jung save. Here are the player ratings. Vent/celebrate/share your thoughts below.
GOALKEEPER JUNG Sung-Ryong (Suwon Bluewings)
Tim (7.5): He made a pair of great saves, including the super diving punching (which might have saved a goal) and the great stop prior to the goal. He was confident. He worked hard. Still had some of those awkward saves, but he played well.
Jae (7.0): A much better overall performance from Jung, who looked the most confident we’ve seen in months. Some excellent saves, but he always palms/punches clear. Sometimes that’s necessary, but sometimes it can lead to scoring chances.
DEFENDER YUN Suk-Young (Queens Park Rangers)
Tim (7) Solid crosses, solid runs, he was a very positive player. Wish he did just a little bit more on the Russian goal though.
Jae (6.5): Showed some of his offensive ability making a couple strong offensive runs. But contrary to Tim, I don’t think his crossing was good. FourFourTwo’s stat zone seems to back me up in showing that Yoon attempted just one cross all game, and that one was claimed (easily) by Akinfeev.
DEFENDER KIM Young-Gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande)
Tim (6.5) In my view, slightly responsible for the goal. Instead of appealing for handball he could have taken that split second to get in the way of the Kerzhakov shot. Unlucky goal though.
Jae (7.0) – Neat and tidy in defense. Made a number of clearances and combined well offensively with Ki Sung-Yueng. His long passing was a bit poor (compared to usual), and there is the small matter of the ‘could he have done more on the goal?’ question (personally I think no).
DEFENDER HONG Jeong-Ho (Augsburg)
Tim (7) Decent. Subbed off due to injury after the LKH goal?
Jae (7): Like his partner, neat and tidy in defense. I’d rate him higher if he hadn’t gone off injured, but . . .
DEFENDER LEE Yong (Ulsan Hyundai)
Tim (6.5) Didn’t do anything spectacular from my memory.
Jae (6.5): Defensively solid, but offensively absent.
MIDFIELDER HAN Kook-Young (Kashiwa Reysol)
Tim (7) I really like Han. Sliding tackles really helped us regain possession today.
Jae (7.5): An excellent game from Han, who made a number of tackles and looked much calmer and in control.
MIDFIELDER KI Sung-Yueng (Swansea City)
Tim (7) Positive presence. He had a solid game too. Set pieces weren’t the greatest, but he was good overall. The middle was a bright spot today, both in attack and defense.
Jinseok (8) Definitely our best player today. He completed over 90% of passes, won his aerial duels, and looked like the old Ki Sung Yong we all know and love once again.
Jae (8.0): Excellent.
MIDFIELDER LEE Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers)
Tim (7) He worked hard today as always. Didn’t have any real chances but was part of the attacking buildup.
Jae (6.5): Worked hard, but stayed a little too deep for my liking.
FORWARD (C) KOO Ja-Cheol (Mainz 05)
Tim (7.5) MUCH better game from the Captain. He got a couple good shots and created several chances.
Jinseok (7) MUCH better game from the Captain but still a little rusty.
Jae (6.0) Better? Yes. Much better? Okay. But let’s remember what we’re comparing his performance too. He was solid, but given his role within in the team, he needs to be better.
MIDFIELDER SON Heung-Min (Bayer Leverkusen)
Tim (7) He really had to do better on the chances he made for himself, but he made them. It’s a start.
Jinseok (6.5) Showed good flashes here and there but he really screwed up two chances that on any other day he would’ve buried. Choked hard.
Jae (6.5) Started well, but faded in the 2nd half, possibly due to the fact that he tracked back a lot more than in recent games.
FORWARD PARK Chu-Young (ex-Arsenal FC)
Tim (5.5) I mean he was invisible again. Hong needs to look at someone else as a different option.
Jinseok (7) Dude. PJY was actually legit today. He drew away defenders by drifting wide, leading to a quite a few of our chances, made some good runs, and most importantly, created chances very well. Still, he should’ve done better on Lee Chung Yong’s through ball.
Jae (6.0) I’ll split the difference here and say that Park was . . . okay. He had some nice flicks and touches here and there, BUT as the lone forward his job is goals. Park didn’t take any shots the whole game, and for a forward that’s unacceptable.
FORWARD LEE Keun-Ho (Sangju Sangmu aka the Army)
Tim (7.5) BIG step up from Park JY. Offered more fluidity and creativity. Although his shot was a little rash, it was high, on target and yes, it went in. An absolute howler from Akinfeev. But the Soldier scored and he was confident.
Jinseok (7.5) Same rating but he was not a big step up. That being said he did impact the game pretty positively.
Jae (7.0): Fortunate on the goal sure, but he brought energy and some forward thrust that had been missing since Son had started to fade.
DEFENDER HWANG Seok-Ho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
Tim (7) He was very unlucky. Came on for an injured Hong Jeong Ho, had to make a tough clearance in the box and a stroke of misfortune – hit the Russian, ball finds its way to Kerzhakov, tap in.
Jae (6.5): Decent, but coincidence the defense looked a lot shakier after he came in?
MIDFIELDER KIM Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City)
Tim (7) Did what he could. Korea wasn’t really in the mood to attack when he came on for Son.
Jae (6.0): Ummmmm, don’t think he did anything of note.
MANAGER HONG Myeong-Bo
Jae (7.0): On paper Korea looked the exact same as the disastrous friendlies. Same players, same formation. But, the organization was much better, as was the positional discipline. I imagine Hong worked on that over the past week, so credit to him there. But there are still offensive issues, and a draw won’t do the next game.
PLAYERS ON YELLOWS:
Son Heung-Min, Ki Sung-Yueng, Koo Ja-Cheol
DAEHANMINGUK FIGHTING! Stay tuned for a full match report later from our trusty Tavern owner, then of course, Jae’s tactical analysis. Stay tuned for World Cup coverage here at the Tavern!