JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 12: Lionel Messi of Argentina falls under the challenge of Peter Odemwingie of Nigeria 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 Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Nigeria Eliminated After 2-2 Draw With South Korea

Nigeria is shockingly close to the knockout rounds, needing only a win and a Greece loss to advance. Too bad for Super Eagles fans that's not the only thing shocking about Nigeria.

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World Cup 2010, Nigeria Vs. South Korea: South Korea Survives Into Knockout Stage

Goals from Lee Jung-Soo and Park Chu-Young brought South Korea back from an early deficit, but the Super Eagles were almost able to capitalize on a late Yakubu Aiyegbeni equalizer and earn a victory. But close-calls by Obafemi Martins and Victor Obinna failed to come true, leaving Nigeria eliminated after a 2-2 draw with South Korea.

Nigeria made the final moments exciting, with barely missing wide right twice in the match’s final moments after Obafemi Martins missed with a chip over Jung Sung-Ryong.

Nigeria needs a win to force a three-way tied for second in Group B, a result with would have sent them through on goal difference. However, the draw leaves South Korea on four points, one point ahead of Greece, and into the knockout stage.

South Korea will face Uruguay on Saturday in the Round of 16.

Advancing past Group B looked tenuous after a Cha Du-Ri mistake early allowed Kalu Uche to convert a Chidi Odiah cross, putting Nigeria up 1-0 in the 12th minute.

A set piece conversion by Lee Jung-Soo off Ki Sung-Yeoung’s service evened the match at half, with Park Chu-Young converting a direct kick three minutes into the second to give South Korea a 2-1 lead.

Yakubu, moment after missing a sitter from four yards out, converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute to tie the score, after which Kore renews control of the match.

However, after Lars Lagerback brought on Victor Obinna, Nigeria came alive with a number of near-chances. Ultimately, South Korea was able to hold-on and eliminate the Super Eagles despite the close calls generated by Obinna and Martins.


World Cup 2010, Nigeria Vs. South Korea: Yakubu Aiyegbeni Equalizes From The Spot

Yakubu Aiyegbeni converted a 69th minute penalty kick to pull Nigeria even with South Korea, 2-2, moments after a horrible miss that would have done the same.

Two minutes after Yakubu missed an open net from four yards out, the striker was given the duty of finishing a penalty kick awarded with Kim Nam-Il took down Chinedu Obasi in the South Korea area.

Yakubu went left while Jung Sung-Ryong dove right, evening the match at two.

As the Group B results stand, South Korea would still do through to the knockout stage, advancing over Greece on goals scored (five to two).


World Cup 2010, Nigeria Vs. South Korea: Vincent Enyeama Error Allows Park Chu-Young Goal

Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama misread a direct kick from Park Chu-Young, allowing South Korea’s second goal 48 minutes into their match with the Super Eagles.

Park struck the dead ball from 20 yards out, with Enyeama jumping behind his wall moments before contact. Parks ball curled just inside the vacated, far post for a South Korean goal and a 2-1 lead.

The goal gives South Korea one foot in the knockout stage. As Group B currently sites (with Greece and Argentina drawn 0-0), South Korea would finish second in Group B with six points, two ahead of Greece. Even if Nigeria were to pull a goal back, Greece would be two goals behind in the relevant tiebreaker: goals scored.


World Cup 2010, Nigeria Vs. South Korea: Lee Jung-Soo's Second World Cup Goal Equalizes For South Korea

A perfectly executed set piece from South Korea, with some help from poor Nigerian marking, has given Lee Jung-Soo his second goal of this World Cup and South Korea an equalizing goal against Nigeria.

Minutes after Kalu Uche hit the right post, South Korea earned a dead ball opportunity on their left flank, with Ki Sung-Yeung bending an inswinger onto the far post, with Lee’s header back across goal giving South Korea their first goal of the match.

Between their even score with Nigeria and Greece’s 0-0 scoreline against Argentina, South Korea would qualify for the knockout stage, if results hold.


World Cup 2010, Nigeria Vs. South Korea: Nightmare Defending Leads To Kalu Uche Opener

Nigeria is ahead in the 12th minute against South Korea, with Kalu Uche taking advantage of poor defending to give the Super Eagles a 1-0 lead.

Off a throw in, right back Chidi Odiah was able to penetrate down the right flank and get a cross into the box. The service look innocuous enough until Uche was able to slip past right back Cha Du-Ri and redirect the shot home for the opening goal.

Cha, who was controversially dropped from the lineup against Argentina, failed to aggressively play the cross, allowing Uche to run around him and get his right foot on the cross, beating Jung Sung-Ryong near post.

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