Warren Little

Russia vs. South Korea, 2014 World Cup: A draw that helps no one

Whether or not it was what they were going for, Russia and South Korea are now in a race to see who can win a goal differential battle in their final two games.

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South Korea, Russia play to a 1-1 draw

It was not a good day for the goalkeepers. Errors from both teams' net minders led to late goals.

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Russia equalize

Just six minutes after Igor Akinfeev gave up an awful goal for Russia, his teammates came back with a reply. And while South Korea keeper Jung Sung-Ryong's error wasn't nearly as bad as Akinfeev's, it was still an error, and allowed Aleksandr Kerzhakov to smack an equalizer into the back of the net.

Russia

This has been a dead even game, and both teams deserved a goal, so this is a fair score even taking into account the bad goalkeeping. And with Belgium having recorded three points earlier, both teams are going all-out for a win.

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South Korea up on goalie error

There was a time when Igor Akinfeev was the best young goalkeeper in the world. But he picked up multiple bad injuries, never left CSKA Moscow and has been quite average for a long time. He has been a dependable kind of average, however, as in he doesn't usually do things like this.

Failgoalie

That'll be credited as a goal for Lee Keun-Ho, though it was basically an own goal, and a really bad one at that. It's unlikely we'll see a worse error at this World Cup.

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Sir, there is a game on

Sir. Sir. Sir. SIR. Excuse me. Your team is playing right now.

Sirthegameison

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Russia vs. South Korea: Lineups

Lineups are out for the last of the first round of group stage matches.

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Will South Korea even challenge Russia?

There's plenty of talent on South Korea, but their qualifying run and pre-tournament friendlies were not encouraging. Will they challenge Russia?

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