This game had all the makings of being the third 0-0 goalless draw of the tournament… until well into the second half.

On the 68th minute, a random shot from the South Koreans Lee Keun Ho was turned into the net by the Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev as he did most of the hard work for them, practically gifting them their first goal of the World Cup.

Lee Keun Ho's shot was powerful but really should have been saved

Lee Keun Ho’s shot was powerful but really should have been saved

Russia’s only saving grace would be the fact that Aleksandr Kerzhakov would score less than ten minutes later, giving Fabio Capello’s side a point from a game which could have easily ended in 1-0 defeat.

Kerzhakov scores and makes it 1-1

Kerzhakov scores and makes it 1-1

KEY PLAYERS:  Lee Keun Ho’s shot was on target and powerful but the Russian goalkeeper was in a position where he could and should have saved the shot, his moment of madness gifted the Koreans their goal.

Aleksandr Kerzhakov would equal his country’s best goalscoring record as he also made sure Russia did not suffer defeat due to the goalkeeping error earlier on in the second half.



[written by] Stuart Drewery.

Stuart Drewery

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.


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