BBC Sport world-cup-2010


Nigeria 2-2 South Korea

By Jonathan Stevenson
  1. 17:43 Commentary  

    Forgive me for my haphazard typing, but with two Group A matches, resulting in Uruguay and Mexico advancing into the last 16 at the expense of hosts South Africa and the maligned and dishevelled France, Andy Murray's first-round encounter at Wimbledon AND England's first one-day cricket international against Australia in Southampton all going on simultaneously, the flesh is close to falling off my fingers as I bash all sorts of buttons to keep abreast of all developments. Needless to say I pretty much missed every single key development attempting to watch/listen/read a goal/set/wicket.

  2. 17:48 Commentary  

    Hello. I'm Pranav Soneji, this is day 12 of the 19th World Cup, the first on the glorious continent of Africa. So au revoir to 1998 champions and 2006 runners-up France, a team whose internal issues make England's problems look like a nursery tantrum between two three-year-olds, and hamba kahle/vaarwel/rhonanai to entertaining hosts South Africa, whose pre-match singing routines have been one of my tournament highlights so far.

  3. 17:51 Commentary  

    Unlike departing France manager Raymond Domenech, who probably is looking forward to a very long holiday somewhere far away where the World Cup is irrelevant (Mars?), I want to hear your thoughts and views via text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide), hit Twitter through the BBC Sport World Cup group or you can always get involved on 606. Domenech's refusal to shake Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira's hand at the end of the 2-1 defeat in Bloemfontein to me succinctly encompassed everything about France's disasterous stay in South Africa.

  4. 17:55 Commentary  

    From the most maligned manager in South Africa to the most entertaining. Diego Maradona's Argentina can complete a perfect Group B performance when they take on Greece in Polokwane. The Abliceleste have six points following victories over Nigeria and South Korea and boast the tournament's top scorer in Gonzalo Higuain, who smashed a hat-trick in their previous match against Pak Ji-sung's team. Greece, if you can remember from that long ago, were on the end of a 4-0 Maradona-inspired drubbing by Argentina in 1994, scene of quite possibly the most famous post-goal celebration ever by wide-eyed and thoroughly frightening El Diego. Africa's hopes of last-16 representation outside of Ghana and Algeria rest on Nigeria, who face South Korea at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

  5. 18:00 Commentary  

    Argentina can afford to lose this match by a two-goal margin and still reach the last 16, but the complex permutations of Group B are enough to make a mathematician reach for the headache pills. Both South Korea and Greece are on three points, while Nigeria are bottom with a bit fat zero. But should Lars Lagerback's team beat South Korea and Greece lose to Argentina, then it comes down to goal difference and then number of goals scored in all games to determine the second-placed team. If it's still level after all of this, then it comes down to all sorts of different variables, including the final straw - quite literally - Fifa drawing lots.

  6. Twitter  

    Gurdeepgola: "All South Africans should be very proud, Bafana Bafana have brought energy, passion and great spectacle to this World Cup."

  7. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher  

    From Twitter: "I'm at Greece v Argentina tonight - anyone reckon Maradona's team will go on to win the tournament?"

  8. 18:06 Commentary  

    Diego Maradona on Lionel Messi: "He will play. If you have a player as good as Leo, who is the best player in the world, I think it would be a sin not to give Messi to the people, to the team, and leave out the player who can certainly make the difference in a match."

  9. 606  

    From Vokey: "Does anyone else get excited by the prospect of seeing Messi weave his magic later and Maradona leaping around like a loon? Only wish I'd put more than £30 on Argentina to win..."

  10. 18:16 Commentary  

    News just coming in that Raymond Domenech refused to shake South Africa manager Carlos Alberto Parreira's hand because the Brazilian said France did not deserve to be at the World Cup. More drama than a Shakespearean thespians' convention. More on this soon.

  11. 606  

    From OwlLuke: "Always exciting seeing the Greece line-up. Not because of the prospect of seeing quality players, but because of their surnames."

  12. 18:35 Commentary  

    Teams for Argentina v Greece:

    Greece: Alexandros Tzorvas; Loukas Vyntra, Vangelis Moras, Sotiris Kyrgiakos, Vassilis Torosidis, Alexandros Tziolis, Avraam Papadopoulos, Socratis Papastathopoulos, Giorgos Samaras, Giorgos Karagounis, Kostas Katsouranis.

    Argentina: Sergio Romero, Martin Demichelis, Clemente Rodriguez, Nicolas Burdisso, Mario Bolatti, Juan Sebastian Veron, Maxi Rodriguez, Nicolas Otamendi, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Diego Milito.

    Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

  13. 18:38 Commentary  

    Teams for Nigeria v South Korea:

    Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama; Chidi Odiah, Danny Shittu, Joseph Yobo, Rabiu Afolabi, Kalu Uche, Dickson Etuhu, Yusuf Ayila, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Chinedu Obasi, Nwankwo Kanu.

    South Korea: Jung Sung-ryong; Cha Doo-ri, Lee Young-pyo, Cho Yong-hyung, Lee Jung-soo, Kim Jung-woo, Ki Sung-yong, Park Ji-sung, Lee Chung-yong, Park Chu-young, Yeom Ki-hun.

    Referee: Olegario Benquerenca (Portugal)

  14. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher  

    At the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane: "Lionel Messi, who skippers Argentina tonight, arrived sucking a lollipop, coach Diego Maradona was singing away as he walked down a corridor, while rested striker Carlos Tevez was playing with someone who I presume is his daughter. They look pretty relaxed to me."

  15. 18:47 Commentary  

    Greece coach Otto Rehhagel makes two changes to his side as defender Vangelis Moras and striker Georgios Samaras return to replace Dimitris Salpingidis and Fanis Gekas. Looks like the 2004 European champions will play with one man up front, likely to be Samaras. Meanwhile, Argentina coach Diego Maradona makes seven changes to the starting line-up which beat South Korea 4-0. Captain Javier Mascherano and strikers Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain, the tournament's leading scorer, are left out, while midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron returns following a calf injury. Inter Milan's Champions League winning-striker Diego Milito starts alongside Atletico Madrid hot-shot Sergio "Kun" Aguero. Lionel Messi will captain the team in Mascherano's absence.

  16. 19:01 Commentary  

    South Korea Huh Jung-moo make one change to the side that lost 4-0 to Argentina with right-back Cha Doo-ri replacing Oh Beom-seok. Meanwhile, Nigeria have named veteran striker Nwankwo Kanu in an attacking starting line-up with Lars Lagerback's side needing an emphatic victory with plenty of goals to stand any chance of progressing to the last 16. Lagerback recalls Yussuf Ayila for Lukman Haruna, defender Rabiu Afolabi replaces defender Taye Taiwo while Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi takes Peter Odemwingie's place in midfield. Midfielder Sani Keita is suspended following a red card in the 2-1 defeat by Greece.

  17. 19:03 Commentary  

    My time in the chair is up - it's time to head over to South Africa where Jonathan Stevenson will take you through this evening's festivities.  Prepare to be entertained.  Hopefully.

  18. 19:05 Commentary  

    Argentina have one Maradona-shaped foot in the last 16 of the World Cup, but the big question tonight is probably who will join them in the next round? Welcome back to Johannesburg as Greece, South Korea and Nigeria fight it out for a top-two berth. I’m Jonathan Stevenson, did you miss me?

  19. 19:07 Commentary How Group B stands:  

    Here’s how each team can qualify:
    - Argentina will win the group with a draw. They can go through with a defeat, depending on goal difference.
    - Greece can progress if they draw AND South Korea lose to Nigeria.
    - Nigeria can progress if they win AND Argentina beat Greece.
    - South Korea can progress if they draw AND Greece do not beat Argentina.

  20. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane:  

    "Maradona has spent most of the warm-up time in the Greek half. At one point he walked from the centre circle to the touchline and half the Greek team turned round to gawp at him while they were stretching. That could have caused an injury."

  21. 19:11 Commentary  

    Is it about as clear as mud? Oh good, then why not whack us a missive containing the very best of your Group B thoughts.? I know they’re in there somewhere: join in the fun on the 606 page; get those thumbs working overtime with texts to 81111 (UK) and +44 7786200666 (worldwide); and I’d love for you to land me with a Tweet @Stevo_football as well.

  22. Contributor BBC Sport's James Pearce  

    On Twitter: "I've just shot some video of the pitch in Port Elizabeth [that England will be playing Slovenia on on Wednesday]. It looks very poor."

  23. 19:16 Commentary Argentina coach Diego Maradona:  

    "I don't want to be favourites, not before coming to South Africa and not now. All the teams here can score against you, so you have to be wary all the time. We just want to be the same as normal. We're here to keep our fans happy, to play the way we want to play, and I think things so far are going well.”

  24. 19:17 Commentary Greece coach Otto Rehhagel:  

    "All our players must play the match of their lives and then maybe we have a chance. Argentina has incredible skills. They have so many good players, it seems like talents grow on trees in Argentina. In Greece, on the contrary, we have to invest years into young players to bring them to a top-class level."

  25. SMS  

    Kunle from Nigeria: "Kanu starting for us? Bad dream. We've lost before we've even kicked a ball!"

  26. 19:20 Commentary South Korea coach Huh Jung-Moo:  

    "We are going to keep an eye on the other match, but the important thing is for us to play a good game and get a good result. Our players up until now have been preparing for the round of 16. We are almost there. We have been preparing for this for almost a year. This is the last match before we reach our goal and we are really going to fight hard in order to achieve this."

  27. 19:21 Commentary Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback:  

    “The attitude in the group has been very good so I'm very positive about the game. Then we need Argentina to beat Greece, but I think we've got a good chance of getting a result against South Korea. What I have learned from 30 years as a coach is that nothing is impossible but I expect Argentina will beat Greece."

  28. Twitter  

    From Surtr: "Got your ticket to the Messi show Stevo? He's gonna put a few away tonight. I can feel it."

  29. 19:24 Commentary  

    The teams are out in Polokwane and soon after they follow suit in Durban, too. Diego Maradona has been saying for a long time he wants Lionel Messi to "be the leader of this team". Well tonight, two days before Messi's 23rd birthday, Maradona makes him Argentina's youngest World Cup captain. Anthem time.

  30. Twitter  

    From InfostradaLive: "On this day 24 years ago Maradona scored his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup."

  31. 19:30 KICK-OFF Nigeria v South Korea  

    First whistle goes in Durban as South Korea kick off against Nigeria.

  32. 19:30 KICK-OFF Greece v Argentina  

    Good timekeeping. About half a second later in Polokwane we're also under way as Greece and Argentina begins.

  33. Contributor BBC Sport's Mick McCarthy Greece v Argentina  

    "We expect Greece to be defensive, they are only going to have Giorgios Samaras up the pitch."

  34. 19:32 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    Great early chance for South Korea, but Lee Chung-Yong can only prod wide from six yards after a cross from the right.

  35. 19:35 Commentary Greece v Argentina  

    It looks a bit like Greece have parked the bus. They're gonna need a double decker for what they are trying to achieve this evening. It's all Argentina, knocking it around without a care in the world.

  36. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin  

    "Messi has to stand out either on the left or right wing to create gaps in this packed Greek defence. Greece don't want to go forward, so it's going to be a difficult night for Argentina - unless they get an early goal."

  37. 19:37 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    South Korea have started better in Durban and Ki Sung-Yueng lashes a right-foot shot a couple of yards over from just outside the Nigeria box. The Africans have not got going as of yet.

  38. 19:38 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    Concerns over the fitness of Nigeria's Danny Shittu after the big defender's left knee seemed to buckle as he tried to get up. He limps off for treatment, let's see whether he can continue.

  39. 19:41 Commentary Greece v Argentina  

    Socratis Papastathopoulos is doing a man-marking job on Lionel Messi, which seems to mean he just fouls Messi as soon as he gets the ball.

  40. 19:41 GOAL Nigeria 1-0 South Korea  

    Now that's livened up Group B. Chidi Odiah does really well to bustle his way down the Nigeria right and from about eight yards out Kala Uche does brilliantly to get in ahead of Cha Du-Ri and direct the ball past Jung Sung-Ryong. First blood to the African side.

  41. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin Greece v Argentina  

    "I don't think I have ever seen a more negative set-up for a football match than Greece right now - certainly not in the World Cup."

  42. 19:45 Commentary Greece v Argentina  

    There's a nasty coming together between Giorgios Samaras and Martin Demichelis inside the Argentina half, but despite protests from all sorts of players, referee Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan does well to keep his cards in his pocket.

  43. 19:48 Commentary Greece v Argentina  

    Just over 15 minutes in and Sergio Aguero shows a first glimpse of his ability, driving into space and hitting a left-foot shot that Alexandros Tzorvas saves. Moments later, Juan Veron catches a 30-yard screamer off the sweet spot and forces Tzorvas to tip over again.

  44. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane:  

    "I'm not sure whether Greece's Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a huge fan of Lionel Messi but he is following him all over the park."

  45. Commentary As it stands:  

    Greece are going through in second place behind Argentina. Nigeria need Argentina to score and then they will be right in the mixer.

  46. 19:52 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    It's quick and lively in Durban and Chinedua Obasi hammers a shot just wide from about 15 yards out.

  47. 19:53 Commentary Greece v Argentina  

    I don't think the bookies will be taking bets on Socratis Papastathopoulos picking up a yellow card - but after another foul on Lionel Messi, he still hasn't been cautioned.

  48. 606  

    From Criztian: Can you blame Greece for being defensive? As it stands they are going through. All they need to do is shut the gates. And that's what they are doing. Jose would be impressed."

  49. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Bright Nigeria v South Korea  

    "Yakubu is getting plenty of the ball for Nigeria. He needs to keep plugging away and before long he might get a decent chance. There's no question about his ability or that of the Nigerians."

  50. 19:59 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    Nigeria look quite comfortable at the moment and they are having slightly the better of it - Chinedu Obasi cuts in from the right and shoots tamely at the goalkeeper.

  51. 20:00 YELLOW CARD Greece v Argentina  

    Finally the referee gets his yellow card out, for a blatant shirt pull from Kostas Katsouranis on Sergio Aguero.

  52. 20:01 YELLOW CARD Nigeria v South Korea  

    Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama is booked for fouling Park Ji-Sung outside his area and from the free-kick by Ki Sung-Yeung, Enyeama manages to scramble it away under pressure.

  53. 20:02 Commentary Greece v Argentina  

    Closest Argentina have come to a goal so far as Sergio Aguero's goalbound right-foot volley from eight yards is superbly blocked by Loukas Vyntra.

  54. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin Greece v Argentina  

    "The one player I want to see more of is Maxi Rodriguez. He can go past players and play on the left or right wing, but so far he has done little in the game."

  55. 20:05 HITS THE WOODWORK Nigeria v South Korea  

    Kala Uche smashes one in from 25 yards for Nigeria and it comes back off Jung Sung-Ryong's left-hand post as South Korea survive going 2-0 behind.

  56. 20:07 GOAL Nigeria 1-1 South Korea  

    Chinedu Obasi is booked for fouling Lee Young-Pyo down the South Korea left and he is booked, meaning he'll miss the next game if they qualify. That seems more unlikely when Ki Sung-Yeung curls in the free-kick and Lee Jung-Soo sneaks in at the back post to head the ball on to his foot and into the net. If it sounds messy it was, but they all count.

  57. Commentary As it stands  

    So we're back to South Korea going through. A draw will suffice them as long as Greece do not beat Argentina. And to do that, they'd probably have to attack at least once...

  58. SMS  

    From Anon: "Is it just me or does Maradona remind anyone else of Papa Smurf?"

  59. 20:13 Commentary Greece v Argentina  

    I wonder, if it stays the same in Durban, how long Greece will leave it before they attempt to get into the Argentina half? They are doing a terrific job of breaking up Argentina's attacks, but they have offered nothing themselves.

  60. 20:15 Commentary Greece v Argentina  

    Argentina almost break the deadlock twice at the end of the half as first Maxi Rodriguez and then Lionel Messi from range force good saves from Alexandros Tzorvas.

  61. 20:16 HALF-TIME Greece 0-0 Argentina  

    Greece will be happy with that, but as it stands they are going out of the World Cup. On that evidence, maybe not many non-Greeks would miss them. Fair?

  62. 20:17 HALF-TIME Nigeria 1-1 South Korea  

    South Korea have fought back from a goal behind and at the moment stand to join Argentina in the last 16.

  63. Contributor BBC Sport's Alan Hansen Greece v Argentina  

    "As a spectacle it has been a total non-event for me. Greece have killed the game."

  64. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin Greece v Argentina  

    "I've been very impressed with left-back Clemente Rodriguez. Each time he has got forward he has put in some quality balls, one of which led to Messi's curling left-foot shot, which was totally and utterly effortless."

  65. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Bright Nigeria v South Korea  

    "Nigeria dominated early on but South Korea did well to come back into the match. It was a loss of concentration that cost Nigeria their lead and the Koreans deserve to be level at the break."

  66. SMS  

    Sion, Cardiff: "I think Argentina are there for the taking in later rounds. They don't seem to have a Plan B, and once they come up against some stiffer opposition they will get worn down then torn apart at the back."

  67. 606  

    From LarrySanders: "Didn't Mourinho win the treble with very similar tactics used by Greece? The same manager every club on earth wants as their own? Does Otto Rehhagel have Eto'o and Milito up front?"

  68. Twitter  

    From ColinBoucher: "I'm 25% Greek and I want them to lose. Dreadful team."

  69. 20:32 SUBSTITUTION Greece v Argentina  

    Nikos Spiropolous comes on for Greece as they get under way against Argentina.

  70. 20:33 SUBSTITUTION Nigeria v South Korea  

    And a minute later we are under way in Durban - Nigeria have brought on Uwa Echiejile at the break.

  71. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane:  

    "I see that Greece managed precisely no attempts on goal in the opening half. Wonder if they will show any ambition in this half? Not convinced, to be honest."

  72. 20:35 Commentary Greece v Argentina  

    They've had a shot now - and Greece should lead. A slip in the Argentina defence lets in Giorgios Samaras and after one shot is blocked, he shoots wide with his left foot from an angle. Really should have hit the target.

  73. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin Greece v Argentina  

    "If I'm right, Spiropolous is another defender. I despair, you come all the way to a World Cup and spend your time defending."

  74. 20:36 GOAL Nigeria 1-2 South Korea  

    We've had a goal direct from a free-kick! But it's bad news for Nigeria, they are in big trouble now. From 20 yards out, left of centre, Park Chu-Young curls into the far corner past the outstretched arm of Vincent Enyeama. The Koreans are going through comfortably at the moment.

  75. Contributor BBC Sport's Mark Bright Nigeria v South Korea  

    "What a huge turnaround. Nigeria were dominating, but lapses in concentration have proved very costly. They keep giving free-kicks away around the edge of the area and now they've been punished for it."

  76. Commentary Group B as it stands:  

    Argentina will finish first and play Mexico in the last 16, while South Korea will come second and they will face Uruguay.

  77. 20:42 SUBSTITUTION Greece v Argentina  

    Double change for Greece as Sotiris Ninis and Christos Patsatzoglou come on for Otto Rehhagel's men.

  78. 20:43 Commentary Greece v Argentina  

    Diego Milito has hardly had a sniff for Argentina, but he is inches away from heading home Clemente Rodriguez's cross from the left wing. No, there's no sending off, I meant to use the sub graphic. Oops.

  79. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Darren Fletcher Greece v Argentina  

    "By my reckoning, Greece have seven players who can play in central defence on the pitch right now."

  80. 20:45 SUBSTITUTION Nigeria v South Korea  

    Nigeria have to go for it now and they send Oba Martins on for Kanu.

  81. 20:46 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    Half a sniff for Yakubu in Durban, but he is just not sharp enough to get to the ball and get a shot away.

  82. Contributor BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane:  

    "This has been a hugely one-sided contest and yet Argentine defender Martin Demichelis has found himself too isolated several times."

  83. 20:50 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    Park Chu-Young has a chance to wrap it up for South Korea from Yeom Ki-Hun's right-wing cross, but his shot is saved by Vincent Enyeama.

  84. 20:53 Commentary Greece v Argentina  

    Sotiris Kyrgiakos gets a handful of Diego Milito's shirt inside the Greece area, but the Inter Milan striker's penalty claims are waved away. This is the game that bored the World Cup.

  85. 20:54 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    It's not just the miss of this World Cup, it is the miss of ANY World Cup. Yussuf Ayila crosses from the Nigerian left and it beats Jung Sung-Ryong, falling perfectly into the path of Yakubu three yards out. In front of an open goal, he slots wide. It's incredible.

  86. 20:56 PENALTY Nigeria v South Korea  

    To Nigeria

  87. 20:57 GOAL Nigeria 2-2 South Korea  

    Kim Nam-Il, who has just come on, gives a penalty away by clattering into the back of Chinedu Obasi, it's a clear spot-kick. Yakubu makes amends for his horror miss moments ago by sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

  88. 20:59 Commentary Greece v Argentina  

    Argentina are stil plugging away, but they cannot breach this Greek backline. If Nigeria score again, a draw would be good enough for Greece. Would that make this one of the great rearguard performances of the World Cup?

  89. 21:01 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    South Korea have stepped it up a bit since Nigeria levelled and Cha Du-Ri's cross is turned behind by Danny Shittu - bit too close to his own goal for comfort there.

  90. SMS  

    From Harry: "I don't know what all the complaining is about. If Greece attacked they'd be counter-attacked to shreds and their tactics are making for an intriguing battle in their half. The world's best attacking force against an obstinate defence. I'm enjoying it anyway..."

  91. 21:04 GOAL Greece 0-1 Argentina  

    They've got their goal... and it was from a set-piece. A corner is swung in from the Argentina left and Martin Demichelis rises high - after his header strikes Diego Milito on the edge of the six-yard box, Demichelis reacts well to thump the loose ball into the roof of the net. Diego Maradona runs around like a loon. Again.

  92. 21:06 Commentary Group B as it stands:  

    A little over 10 minutes remaining in both games and at the moment Argentina are going to finish top on maximum points, with South Korea in second.

  93. 21:07 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    Chinedu Obasi has had a cracking game for Nigeria and he slips a lovely little pass in for Oba Martins, but the ex-Inter and Newcastle man can only dink his shot over Jung Sung-Ryong and past the far post. Golden chance.

  94. 606  

    From myerla: "Goodbye Greece, you're down and out, Nigeria go for it, you have an amazing chance to progress into the last 16."

  95. 21:11 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    South Korea are killing time in Durban, but Nigeria need to get it up the other end and quickly. Time is running out for Lars Lagerback's side.

  96. 21:13 HITS THE WOODWORK Greece v Argentina  

    Maybe he's just not going to score this World Cup. Lionel Messi drifts supremely past two defenders as if they are not there and from the left of the Greece area he spanks a ferocious left-foot shot against the post. Unlucky.

  97. Contributor BBC Sport's Mick McCarthy Greece v Argentina  

    "Otto Rehhagel is desperately trying to get his Greece players to go forward, but when he's had them camped in their own half all game that's not easy. And they're not doing it."

  98. 21:16 GOAL Greece 0-2 Argentina  

    Lionel Messi has just burst into life in the last few minutes and he plays a one-two and races past a couple more players before seeing another fierce left-foot shot saved by Alexandros Tzorvas - and when the ball comes back out, 36-year-old Martin Palermo gleefully side-foots home.

  99. 21:18 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    Nigeria go so close to a crucial goal when sub Victor Obinna hits a 20-yarder that creeps agonisingly past the post. Some people on the other side of the ground thought it was in.

  100. 21:19 Commentary  

    Diego Maradona just looks so happy. It's incredible he's still alive in so many ways. What a story Argentina are becoming.

  101. 21:20 FULL-TIME Greece v Argentina  

    Diego Maradona runs on to the pitch and gives his captain for the night Lionel Messi the biggest bear hug in the world. Fair to say he's quite pleased.

  102. 21:21 Commentary Nigeria v South Korea  

    They are still playing in Durban, but there cannot be very long left.

  103. 21:22 FULL-TIME Nigeria 2-2 South Korea  

    And the whistle blows in Durban - South Korea have made it into the last 16, but the first African World Cup has lost another of its home teams in Nigeria.

  104. Contributor BBC Sport's Harry Redknapp  

    "Barry Fry was the only manager I've ever seen jump around and celebrate a goal like Maradona! They clearly idolise him and they are having a lot of fun."

  105. Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin Greece v Argentina  

    "I'm not anti-Greek but I'm furious at Otto Rehhagel for not having a go at Argentina."

  106. 21:30 Commentary  

    So, Argentina finish top of Group B with a 100% record and they will play Mexico at Johannesburg's Soccer City on Sunday in the last 16. South Korea finish second on four points, and they will now meet Uruguay in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Greece end with three points, Nigeria with one.

  107. Twitter  

    From jamiebrooker: "Am in Buenos Aires, in a bar full of Boca fans. I've never seen so many grown men cry as when Palermo scored. Legend!"

  108. SMS  

    Jibola, Lagos: "When you can't convert your chances, you pay dearly for it. Goodbye Nigeria."

  109. Contributor BBC Sport's Alan Shearer  

    "That Yakubu miss is honestly the worst miss I have ever, ever seen."

  110. 606  

    From redandblackT: "Yakubu's miss, unbelievably, is actually worse than Chris Iwelumo's for Scotland."

  111. 606  

    From Galaxy-man: "See what happens when you unfairly sack your own (Nigerian) coach who qualified Nigeria for the World Cup and think a foreigner who failed to qualify his own nation [Sweden's Lars Lagerback] can weave his magic 4 months before. Daft thinking."

  112. World Cup Have Your Say  

    From Kachepa Mtumbi on WCHYS: "I think it's time for other African teams to emerge - the usual teams have let Africa down. The likes of Egypt, Morocco, Zambia, Gabon and Mozambique would probably be hungrier than these flops."

  113. 21:45 Commentary  

    An eye for each game - turns out these double headers aren't too difficult after all. Thanks a million for your company today, I expect I'll probably see you on Wednesday. I'm sure there are a couple of interesting games then... Sweet dreams for now.

By Marc Vesty

South Korea will face Uruguay in the last 16 of the World Cup after a hard-fought draw with Nigeria was enough to secure second place in Group B.

The Asian side have previously never been past the opening stage of a World Cup held outside of their own country and were made to fight to the last minute for the point which put them through after Greece were beaten 2-0 by Argentina.

Nigeria created chances throughout and took the lead when Chidi Odiah squared for Kalu Uche to tap in early on.

But South Korea hit back through Lee Jung-Soo, who scrambled the ball past Vincent Enyeama from Ki Sung-Yeung's free-kick.

Park Chu-Young's curled free-kick restored South Korea's lead four minutes into the second half but Yakubu coolly slotted in a penalty after Kim Nam-Il fouled Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke to level the game.

Nigeria started the game looking like a different proposition to the side that produced disjointed displays in their defeats by Argentina and Greece.

Lars Lagerback's side finally showed purpose on the break and kept the ball well in midfield with the main catalyst being the coach's decision to hand captain Kanu a first start of the tournament.

Despite the 33-year-old veteran reaching the twilight of his career, a combination of his sublime skills and familiar laid-back style both calmed and inspired his team-mates in equal measure.

However, when Nigeria took the lead after 12 minutes, it was not Portsmouth striker Kanu but the impressive Odiah who was creator.

Odiah was given too much space on the right flank and burst down the line before crossing to the edge of the six-yard box, where the unseen Uche got in front of oblivious right-back Cha Du-Ri and stroked past the goalkeeper.

Nigeria could have doubled the lead but Obasi Ogbuke slammed a strike wide when he should have squared to one of four team-mates in the box, while Kanu once again linked play delightfully when he played in Uche, whose 25-yard strike clattered against the right post.

However, Kanu's impact alone was not enough to hold the South Koreans as the 2002 World Cup quarter-finalists began to pick up the majority of the loose balls.

South Korea eventually levelled when Lee Jung-Soo was left unmarked at the back post and awkwardly bundled in Ki Sung-Yeung's cross.

And the stuffing was further knocked out of Nigeria minutes into the second half when Park Chu-Young's free-kick from the left somehow curled past goalkeeper Enyeama and into the corner.

South Korea began to capitalise on tired Nigerian legs as Chu-Young smashed a free-kick wide and had a close-range effort saved by Enyeama.

But as the momentum of the game swung once more Nigeria had a glorious chance to get back into the game, only for Yakubu to incredibly side-foot wide from four yards out when confronted by an open goal.

However, redemption came quickly for the Everton striker and when substitute Kim Nam-Il felled Ogbasi Ogbuke in the area, Yakubu calmly stroked the penalty into the right corner.

A frantic final 20 minutes ensued as both sides missed chances but the draw was enough for South Korea to progress and leave Nigeria as the third African team to exit the tournament after South Africa and Cameroon, who still have one game to play.

Nigeria Nigeria Flag 2-2 South Korea Flag South Korea FT

(HT 1-1)

Uche, 12
Yakubu (pen), 69
Lee Jung-Soo, 38
Park Chu-Young, 49


  • Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium
  • Referee: O Benquerenca
  • Attendance: 61,874
Nigeria     South Korea
  • Possession 45%
  • Attempts on target 1
  • Attempts off target 8
  • Corners 1
  • Fouls 19

Projected table based on current scores

Group A

Group A teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 1 4
South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 -2 4
France 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Group B teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 6 9
South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group C

Group C teams P W D L F A GD PTS
USA 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5
Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1

Group D

Group D teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Germany 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 6
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Australia 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3

Group E

Group E teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Denmark 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
Cameroon 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3 0

Group F

Group F teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Paraguay 3 1 2 0 3 1 2 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Italy 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

Group G

Group G teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7
Portugal 3 1 2 0 7 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
North Korea 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

Group H

Group H teams P W D L F A GD PTS
Spain 3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
Chile 3 2 0 1 3 2 1 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3 1

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