In the fifth minute, Seol Ki-Hyun should have done better,
at the far post, than fire the ball over the bar..... and buried his face in his hands in
A few minutes later Kim Nam-Il tried to catch Brad Friedel
out with a lob from long-range.
Seol Ki-Hyun had another chance to put Korea in front, from
a similar position. Although he kept his shot low this time, Friedel managed to keep it
out with his left foot.
-- GOAL -- 0-1
America's first real chance of the game fell to Clint Mathis, who scored
with a left-foot drive from the middle of the area. Team USA were in the driving seat for
the second time in this tournament and sent out a wake-up call to the world on 24 mins.
Drama just before half-time as Jeff Agoos is booked for
pushing Hwang Sun-Hong in the area and South Korea are awarded a penalty.
Lee Eul-Young tried to chip the ball instead of slamming it
home. Brad Friedel pushed the ball away comfortably and Kim Nam-Il sent his follow-up
Half-time: South Korea 0 -- United States
Straight after the restart, Brad Friedel saved the United
States again as a long kick upfield from the Korean goalkeeper was headed on into the
American area, where Seol Ki-Hyun had plenty of time to line up his shot on the right.
South Korea continued to trouble the Americans, who didn't
look comfortable in defence at all.
With twenty minutes to go Brad Friedel again denied South
Korea the equaliser, this time from substitute Choi Yong-Soo.
-- GOAL -- 1-1
The pressure paid off and South Korea finally equalised. Ahn Jung-Hwan's
glancing header completely stunned the impressive Friedel.... who seemed rooted to the
spot and stared in disbelief as the ball flew past him and into the net -- 78 mins.
South Korea missed the chance to take all the points right
at the end when Choi Yong-Soo stabbed another shot over the bar with only Friedel to beat.
The Koreans looked as though they wanted to win this game
more than America and the United States can thank their heroic goalkeeper for the point.