Wow. That was depressing as f***. A far from decent performance from Korea today. Algeria was better on the pitch in almost every way possible. Therefore, we have granted them their first win since 1982, and the biggest win by any African team on the World Cup scene. Here are my personal player ratings, feel free to write what you thought about today’s match in the comments section.
Jung Sung-Ryong (4) – A couple of good saves, but letting in four goals is outrageous. Although he was let down by the defense, he should have done better with his positioning.
Lee Yong (4) – Looked jittery whenever Algeria poised to attack. Sloppy challenging. Wanted to cry.
Hong Jeong-Ho (4) – Looked jittery with the Algerian offense.
Kim Young-Gwon (5) – Hardest worker on defense. Was fortunate not to have conceded a penalty for Algeria.
Yun-Suk Young (5) – Could have been more present.
Lee Chung-Yong (6) – Average performance from him, could have done better with better support.
Han-Kook Young (4) – Sloppy with his challenges and passing.
Ki Sung Yueng (8) – The most consistent player on the pitch. Completed almost, if not all of his passes.
Son Heung-Min (9) – Really shined in the match. Need more of it from him vs. Belgium. He’ll undoubtedly play a huge role in the KNT’s future. Great learning experience for him.
Koo Jacheol (7) – Improved performance from the captain. Wish we could have seen it in those previous friendlies.
Park Chu-Young (5) – Could have gotten more involved like Son Heung-Min, but overall, the service he received from his teammates was terrible.
Lee-Keun Ho (6) – Brought some energy onto the pitch when subbed for PCY.
Ji-Dong Won (6) – See LKH.
Kim-Shin Wook (6) – See LKH.
Hong Myung-Bo (3) – Losing my faith in him. He’s arguably the best coach Korea has the moment, and I still have mad respect for him, but this match has shown that his tactics have not worked for a reason.
During the Korea national anthem, did anyone see the Korean flag made up of pictures of the victims of the Sewol tragedy? That put tears in my eyes.