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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Sir, there is a game on

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



Russia vs. South Korea: Lineups

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


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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