Argentina v /s South Korea
Higuain scored the first hat trick of this world cup to power Argentina closer to round of sixteen. Argentina dominated the match with their attacking prowess and won the match by a score line of 4 -1. Argentina included Maxi Rodriguez in the place of Veron for today’s match. Argentina took control of the match from the start. In the 14th minute, Messi took a curling free kick, which deflected past South Korean defender’s shin for a rather unfortunate goal that gave Argentina 1-0 lead. In the 18th minute, Ki Sung’s shot agonizingly went just above the post. Messi was involved in Argentina’s quest for more goals. In the 21st minute, Burdisso replaced the injured Walter Samuel. Korea struggled to keep possession, as Argentina kept chasing the ball when they did not have ball with them
In the 31st minute Messi took short free kick and played one to one with Rodriguez who crossed the ball into the box, which Burdisso flicked towards goalmouth and Higuain headed home rather easily to double Argentina’s lead. Korea attacked when they got possession, but they were not able to test Argentina. In the 30th minute Sungryong produced a double save. First, he saved a cross that Higuain produced from left and then the forceful shot from Di Maria on rebound. In the 43rd minute Messi mesmerized the crowd with a cool dribbling going past cluster of defenders, but his final shot went over the post. In the injury time of first half, Argentinean defense made a terrible mistake and gifted South Korea a goal. Chungyong made good use of Demichelis’s mistake to slot the ball past the keeper to make it 2-1.
In the second half too, Argentina continued their dominance. In the 51st minute, Di Maria gave a short cross to Higuain and he lashed a shot, which Sungryong saved. In the 53rd minute Tevez cut inside from left and shot the ball at goal that induced a save from Sungryong. In 58th minute, Chungyong gave a great pass to Kihun, but he shot the ball wide and missed a great opportunity to equalize for South Korea. In the 69th minute, Higuain had a shot saved by Sungryong. In 73rd minute Heinze received yellow card for deliberately handling the ball. In the 76th minute, Argentina caught South Korea napping with a quick counter attack. Messi drilled a shot on goal which keeper saved with his leg. However, it hit the post and went towards Higuain’s path who tapped in an easy goal to give Argentina a two-goal lead.
In the 79th minute, Messi chipped the ball and substitute Aguerro took it and crossed towards goalmouth and Higuain headed it safely for goal to complete his hat trick. In the 91st minute Park Ji Sung had a shot saved by Romero. In the 92nd minute, Aguerro had a great shot, which flew past the post. With this win, Argentina has almost secured their entry into the second round. Argentina has shown great intent in going forward and South Korea found very hard to contain them. In the second half, South Korea when in possession did not look like going to score. They had only two shots on target compared to Argentina’s eleven, in the entire match. South Korea will have to beat Nigeria to go through to the next round.