JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 12: Gabriel Heinze of Argentina celebrates with teammate Javier Mascherano (L) after scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Argentina and Nigeria at Ellis Park Stadium on June 12, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Argentina Vs. South Korea: Argentines Roll, 4-1, Behind Gonzalo Higuain's Hat-Trick

Argentina and South Korea start Thursday's action from South Africa, and while it's been assumed that Argentina will cruise to the top of Group B, South Korea has shown they are no paper tiger.

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World Cup 2010, Argentina Vs. South Korea: Higuain Completes Hat-Trick

Four minutes after putting Argentina up 3-1, Gonzalo Higuain has headed home his third goal of the match, giving Argentina a three goal lead with ten minutes left in the match.

Another easy finish for the Real Madrid forward, Higuain headed home his hattrick from just outside the six yard box, putting his shot down and across goal, giving goalkeeper Jung Song-Ryung no chance.

Higuain was substituted off moments after getting his hat-trick, with Diego Maradona bringing-on Mario Bolatti.


World Cup 2010, Argentina Vs. South Korea: Lionel Messi Creates Second Gonzalo Higuain Goal

Gonzalo Higuain's second goal of the match puts Argentina up 3-1 in the 77th minute,  giving the Albiceleste needed insurance.  But a  large amount of credit for the goal must go to Lionel Messi, whose run toward the left post let to two shots before Higuain put in a rebound.

For Higuain, it was  an easy left-footed finish into a undefended goal, with goalkeeper Jung Song-Ryung on the ground after having saved two Messi shots.   Higuain is now tied for the tournament lead in goals.

Messi picked up the ball 24 yards out and run straight for goal,  eventually forcing a kick save from Jung.  The rebound went to Messi, with the next shot saved before Higuain made it 3-1.


2010 World Cup, Argentina Vs. South Korea: Martin Demichelis Mistake Gifts Lee Chong-Yong, South Korea Goal

Bolton Wanderers' winger  Lee Chong-Yong has pulled South Korea within won in first half stoppage time after an Argentina mistake gifted the him a goal.

Center half Martin Demichelis misplayed a ball along the back line.  A long ball played by Korean `keeper Jung Sung-Ryong went to Demichelis after a aerial challenge, but lackadaisical play from the defender allowed a defender to sneak -up on him.  Lee was in the gift place to take the misplay and go in alnoe toward goalkeeper Sergio Romero.  The South Korean calmly finished past the oncoming keeper to give the Koreans a shocking goal, pulling them to within one.

Moments after the goal was scored, the referee blew time on the first half, sending the teams into the dressing rooms with Argentina up 2-1.


World Cup 2010, Argentina Vs. South Korea: Gonzalo Higuain Goal Gives Albiceleste Commanding Lead

Set piece work from Lionel Messi and Maxi Rodriguez led to a Nicolas Burdisso flick far post for Gonzalo Higuain, whose 33rd minute header put Argentina up 2-0 over South Korea.

The movement started on the left flank, where building from a set piece saw Messi and Rodriguez against one defender 8 yards from touch.  Messi eventually played the ball to Maxi whose cross found Burdisso just inside the area.  The defender, substituted on ten minutes prior,  flicked the ball on for Higuain, left open as South Korea tried to push its line up.  Higuain headed the ball down toward the goal line, the shot bouncing up, into goal.

With goalkeeper Jung Song-Ryong slow to react, Argentina is pu 2-0 ten minutes before halftime.


World Cup 2010, Argentina Vs. South Korea: Own Goal From Park Chu-Young Puts Argentina Ahead

A 16th minute own goal from Park Chu-Young has given Argentina a  1-0 lead early against South Korea.

On the first set piece opportunity of the match, Lionel Messi hit a low ball from the left flank to the middle of the area.  A right shin stuck-out by Park put the ball into his own net, the first goal allowed by South Korea this tournament.

Without any Argentina plays around him, Park just appeared to misplay the Messi cross, making it 1-0 Argentina.

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