South Korea had the ideal chance to go in front when they
were awarded a penalty in the fourth minute. Ahn Jung-Hwan didn't strike the ball well
enough and Gianluigi Buffon dived to his right to keep it out.
-- GOAL -- 0-1 Christian Vieri eventually headed Italy in the lead, from Francesco
Totti's corner, in the 18th minute.
The Korean game lacked the urgency and directness that
we've come to expect from them. Perhaps they'd recently studied early Italian videos as
the imitated the passing around the back movements.
Ahn Jung-Hwan had the best chance for Korea in the 36th
minute, when he shot over the bar from close range.
Two minutes later, Totti fed the ball through to Damiano
Tommasi, who shot at the sprawling Lee Woon-Jae.
Half-time: South Korea 0 -- Italy 1
The Korean fans tried to lift their team during the
second-half and even though they were close to the pitch, the atmosphere didn't seem to
intimidate Italy, who did enough to keep the hosts at bay for most of the game.
Vieri should have sealed the game in the 73rd minute, when
he broke through with Totti to his left, but shot wide.
Two minutes later, Vieri planted a shot on top of the net.
-- GOAL -- 1-1
The stadium erupted two minutes from time as Christian Panucci failed to clear the ball
out and Seol Ki-Hyun pounced on his mistake.
Substitute Cha Doo-Ri almost snatched the winner, with an
overhead kick, in the dying seconds of the game.
Italy started to look more tired than the Koreans but
Buffon remained alert to save a 102nd minute free-kick, driven under the wall.
Totti received his second yellow card for diving in the area and Giovanni Trapattoni was
so furious he hit the perspex behind him -- 103 mins.
The Italians had a couple of chances to seal the game, even
with ten-men...... but this year their name wasn't on the cup.
-- GOLDEN GOAL -- 2-1
Ten-man Italy finally fell to a 117th minute header from Perugia's Ahn Jung-Hwan
-- a golden goal to give Italy the blues..... as another of the tournament's favourites go
Player of the Match:
Ahn Jung-Hwan -- Missed the chance to score from the penalty spot early in the game, but
his golden goal winner will go down in the history books as South Korea book their place
in the quarter-finals...... a marvelous achievement.
Francesco Totti (103 mins)
Francesco Coco (4 mins)
Kim Tae-Young (17 mins)
Francesco Totti (22 mins)
Damiano Tommasi (55 mins)
Cristiano Zanetti (60 mins)
Song Chong-Gug (80 mins)
Lee Chun-Soo (99 mins)
Francesco Totti (103 mins)
Choi Jun-Chul (115 mins)
1 Lee Woon-Jae; 4 Choi Jun-Chul, 20 Hong Myung-Bo (16 Cha Doo-Ri -- 83 mins), 7 Kim
Tae-Young (18 Hwang Sun-Hong -- 63 mins); 22 Song Chong-Gug, 21 Park Ji-Sung, 5 Kim Nam-Il
(14 Lee Chun-Soo -- 68 mins), 6 Yoo Sang-Chul, 10 Lee Young-Pyo; 19 Ahn Jung-Hwan, 9 Seol
1 Gianluigi Buffon; 4 Francesco Coco, 15 Mark Iuliano, 3 Paolo Maldini, 2 Christian
Panucci; 17 Damiano Tommasi, 19 Gianluca Zambrotta (16 Angelo Di Livio -- 72 mins), 6
Cristiano Zanetti; 7 Alessandro Del Piero (8 Gennaro Gattuso -- 61 mins), 10 Francesco
Totti, 21 Christian Vieri.