Brazil V/S North Korea Match Review

15 Jun

Brazil won their opening match in the 2010 world cup after seeing off a resilient North Korean team. Brazil controlled the match with majority of possession. However, they found it hard to break down the determined North Korean defense until 54th minute. Brazil kept shooting from long distances during whole of the match. At times, they passed the ball well and tried to create some opening. Maicon was undoubtedly the player who made things out in the middle. He made many interesting moves through the right wing and gave many crosses into the box. Julius Caesar was mere spectator for major part of the match. Korean keeper Myon Guk saved most of the shots with relative ease. North Koreans did pass ball well when they got it, but they did not make much impact at the final third. Their attacks came mainly through both wings during whole match. They sat back, defended, and attacked Brazil on counter. Kaka was a pale shadow during first half. He made some miss passes. However, he came back strongly in the second half to orchestrate many attacks. In the 54th minute, Elano passed the ball to Maicon and he scored the first goal of the match from a tight angle at the near post, beating the goalkeeper. Elano later scored in the 72nd  minute after receiving a through pass from Robinho. In the 79th  minute Mun in Guk got injured and he was stretchered off. North Korea got their consolation goal in the 88th minute. Ji yun Nam scored the goal from the assist of Jong Tae Se giving some anxious moments to Brazil towards the end. It seemed like referee was too lenient and he showed the only yellow card of the match at 87th  minute to Brazil’s Ramirez. As Portugal and Ivory Coast shared the points during their earlier match, Brazil currently tops the group G with 3 points. North Korea deserves credit for their gutsy performance despite being on back foot for major part of match. They cut short many Brazilian attacks.

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