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South Korea 2-1 Togo
Tuesday, 13 June 2006

South Korea

C Lee 54
J Ahn 72


K Mohamed 31


Y Kim 41yellow card
C Lee 51yellow card


J Abalo 23yellow card
A Romao 24yellow card
M Tchangai 90yellow card


Sent off:

J Abalo 53red card



59% 41%

Shots on target

8 4

Shots off target

11 7


3 4


17 17

South Korea

  • 01 W Lee
  • 02 Y Kim yellow card
  • 04 J Choi
  • 06 J Kim (45 J Ahn )
  • 12 Y Lee
  • 22 C Song
  • 07 J Park
  • 13 E Lee (68 N Kim )
  • 17 H Lee
  • 14 C Lee yellow card
  • 19 J Cho (83 S Kim )


  • 09 J Ahn,
  • 15 J Baek,
  • 23 W Cho,
  • 16 K Chung,
  • 08 D Kim,
  • 03 D Kim,
  • 05 N Kim,
  • 18 S Kim,
  • 20 Y Kim,
  • 21 Y Kim,
  • 10 C Park,
  • 11 K Seol


  • 16 K Agassa
  • 02 D Nibombe
  • 05 M Tchangai yellow card
  • 19 L Assemoassa (62 R Forson )
  • 03 J Abalo yellow card yellow card
  • 07 M Salifou (86 Y Aziawonou )
  • 10 M Cherif-Toure
  • 15 A Romao yellow card
  • 18 J Senaya (56 A Toure )
  • 17 K Mohamed
  • 04 E Adebayor


  • 08 K Agboh,
  • 12 E Akoto,
  • 06 Y Aziawonou,
  • 09 T Dossevi,
  • 20 A Erassa,
  • 13 R Forson,
  • 11 R Malm,
  • 22 K Obilale,
  • 14 A Olufade,
  • 01 N Tchagnirou,
  • 23 A Toure,
  • 21 F Atsou

Ref: Graham Poll
Att: 48000


"South Korea's coach, Dick Advocaat, changed things at half-time, putting four at the back, with two strikers.
The South Koreans changed their philosophy and said 'we've got to attack now, otherwise we're out of the World Cup.'"
Gordon Strachan, BBC pundit.

PLAYER RATER: Ji-Sung Park leads the South Korean ratings by a distance with 7.37. Ahn Jung-Hwan's contribution from the bench is reflected in his second ranking for south Korea of 6.83.
Some consolation for Togo goalscorer Mohammed Kader comes with his top rating, 7.67, with Emmanuel Adebayor second overall with 7.4.

"The sending off of Jean-Paul Abalo was harsh. The first one was not a yellow card - he just stood still.
The second one was definitely a booking and it was a big mistake by the goalkeeper for the free kick. "
Marcel Desailly, BBC pundit

FULL TIME: South Korea 2-1 Togo:
South Korea come from behind to beat plucky Togo, who are reduced to ten men with Jean-Paul Abalo's dismissal.

92 mins: South Korea are awarded a free-kick 20 yards out, but spurn the chance to score a third, preferring to knock the ball backwards and retain possession.

90 mins: Referee Graham Poll indicates three minutes of added time.

88 mins: Togo win a free-kick and although they load bodies into the box substitute Massamasso Tchangai again wastes the opportunity with a poor delivery which sails out of play.

85 mins Now it is South Korea's turn to defend deeply and although Emmanuel Adebayor works his way around the back he woefully overhits his cross with team-mates having worked their socks off to get up in support.

81 mins: There are jeers and whistles from the crowd as South Korea decide to run the clock down with some possession football, but who can blame them making the ten men chase the ball in the intense heat?

78 mins: Plucky Togo have to chase the game with ten men and Emmanuel Adebayor slots a pass through for Mohammed Kader on the penalty spot but his touch lets him down and the chance is lost.

74 mins: Ahn Jung-Hwan has made a difference with his pace and directness stretching the ten men.

He takes a return pass from Park Ji-Sung to fire in a shot which almost squeezes under Kossi Agassa's dive.

"South Korean journalists in the press box were unable to contain themselves when Ahn Jung-Hwan put their team 2-1 ahead. A couple of them were even running up and down the seating area."
Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport in Frankfurt.

71 mins: GOAL: South Korea 2-1 Togo
Substitute Ahn Jung-Hwan turns and fires a deflected shot into the top right-hand corner of the Togo net.

67 mins: Defensive midfielder Kim Nam-Il, known as "the Vacuum Cleaner" is brought on for Lee Eul-Yong. Perhaps South Korea are happy with a point.

65 mins: Togo are unwilling to settle for a point and Moustapha Salifou fires over the top over after Emmanuel Adebayor led a swift counter-attack.

61 mins: Ludovic Assemoassa is stretchered off and Togo are momentarily down to nine men. They are almost punished as Ahn Jung Hwan just failed to get on the end of Ji-Sung park's cross.

59 mins: South Korean tails are now up and the walls of red shirts in the stands are firmly behind their team.

53 mins: GOAL: South Korea 1-1 Togo
Abalo is doubly punished as Lee Chun-Soo curls an exquisite free-kick over the Togo wall and into the net, with keeper Kossi Agassa stranded behind his defensive wall.

53 mins: SENDING OFF: Park Ji-Sung's sharp turn takes him clear of Jean-Paul Abalo who hauls the South Korean player down, and having been booked in the first-half, leaves Graham Poll with no option but to show him a second yellow card and send him off.

50 mins: Lee Chun-Soo is shown a yellow card for pulling Yao Senaya Junior's shirt.

49 mins: Mohammed Kader again proves a handful, picking the ball up with no support, he makes for goal and after outpacing two defenders his powerful shot is beaten away by Lee Woon-Jae.

47 mins: Park Ji-Sung cuts inside but is immediately closed down by two defenders, causing the Manchester United winger to fire over.

SECOND HALF: South Korea's Dutch coach Dick Advocaat is stung into action and replaces defender Jin-Kyu Kim with striker Ahn Jung-Hwan.

"The Korean fans have been making most of the noise through the game but were stunned into silence when Togo scored.

The Togolese are small in number but seem to be made up of a large contingent of adopting supporters who took great delight in celebrating the goal."
Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport in Frankfurt.

PLAYER RATER: Goalscorer Mohammed Kader is just ahead of Emmanuel Adebayor in your player ratings. Ji-Sung Park heads South Korea's ratings.

"The Koreans are hugely disappointing. What's happened to them over the last four years is a tragedy."
BBC pundit Gordon Strachan

HALF-TIME: In a tight contest, Togo create and take the only clear-cut chance of the half, and then defend deeply and fairly comfortably to thwart a disappointing South Korea.

45 mins: Park Ji-Sung escapes the vice-like grip of his midfield minder Yao Senaya Junior to find some space but his cross is too far for Lee Eul-Yong to reach.

45 mins: Referee's assistant indicates two minutes of added time to be played.

42 mins: Yao Senaya Junior is fouled 20 yards out, and picks himself up to curl a shot round the wall to bring a fine save from Lee Woon-Jae.

40 mins: South Korea's hunt for an equaliser intensifies as Lee Eul-Yong works himself a yard of space and fires in a curling shot which Kossi Agassa clutches to his midriff. South Korea's first shot on target.

36 mins: Choi Jin-Cheul adds his weight and height to South Korea's attack at a free-kick but is unable to get his header on target.

31 mins: GOAL South Korea 0-1 Togo
Mohammed Kader latches on to a through ball, takes it in his stride and fires a shot across Lee Woon-Jae and in off the far post.

26 mins: "The crowd is providing more colour than the game at the moment."
BBC match commentator Simon Brotherton.

23 mins: Referee Graham Poll produces his yellow card twice in as many minutes, showing it to Togo's Jean-Paul Abalo for a callous body-check on Ji-Sung Park, and then to Alaixys Roao for dissent.

20 mins: Park Ji-Sung is fouled by Alaixys Romao in a promising position for South Korea but Togo keeper Kossi Agassa passes his first test, grabbing Lee Eul-Yong's free-kick at the second attempt.

18 mins: Already the pace of the game has slackened, suggesting the humidity in the enclosed stadium is taking an early toll.

15mins: Emmanuel Adebayor is found by Alaixys Romao's long pass but his cross intended for Yao Senaya Junior is overhit.

10mins: Emmanuel Adebayor shows some neat skills and it is clear he is going to be Togo's key offensive player.

9 mins: Togo's first effort on goal is a bit of a token one as Yao Senaya Junior fires in a weak effort.

8 mins: Togo are content to feel their way into their first World Cup match and drop deep, giving South Korea plenty of possession and territory.

3 mins: Chun Soo Lee's pacy run down the left is halted by Dare Nibombe's uncompromising foul, but the South Koreans waste the free-kick with a poor delivery.

1400 BST: Referee Graham Poll celebrates his wedding anniversary by blowing the whistle at the exact moment he got married 14 years ago.


1358 BST: Oops! The stadium drops a clanger by playing the South Korean anthem twice. The Togo players bear the accidental slight with dignity.

1352 BST: "If Togo can win this after what's happened to them this week, it will be a miracle."
BBC pundit Gordon Strachan.

"I believe Togo will win. South Korea is a different generation of players from 2002."
BBC pundit Marcel Desailly.

1345 BST: The Togo team bus is shown arriving earlier and who is first off the coach? The Coach, Otto Pfister, wearing more of a contented smirk than a beaming smile.

1340 BST: The other big news of the day is that the Commerzbank stadion's 'convertable' roof will be closed at the request of television directors.

With temperatures expected to be up in the 30s, things will be a bit steamy for the players at pitch level, but at least those nasty shadows will not interfere with the tv pictures.

1320 BST: "Korean supporters vastly outnumber Togo fans in a roasting hot Frankfurt. But lots of people have adopted Togo for the day and there are fans from all over England wandering around in Togo shirts."
Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport in Frankfurt.

1230 BST:"A brief burst of excitement as the Korean team bus arrives. Hundreds of fans charge the bus with their digital cameras, causing a traffic hold-up."
Paul Fletcher, BBC Sport in Frankfurt

1210 BST: Otto Pfister's name appears as Togo's coach on the official team list. It remains to be seen if he will appear on the bench.

South Korea: Woon-Jae Lee, Young-Chul Kim, Choi, Jin-Kyu Kim, Young-Pyo Lee, Song, Ji-Sung Park, Eul-Yong Lee, Ho Lee, Chun-Soo Lee, Jae-Jin Cho. Togo: Agassa, Nibombe, Tchangai, Assemoassa, Abalo, Salifou, Cherif-Toure, Romao, Senaya, Mohamed, Adebayor

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