|Korea Republic||1 - 1||United States|
|(HT: 0 - 1)|
Daegu World Cup Stadium
Urs Meier (SUI)
|1||10 Jun 2002||Clint Mathis||Goal||First Half||24||A|
|2||10 Jun 2002||Frankie Hejduk||Yellow Card||First Half||30||A|
|3||10 Jun 2002||Park Ji-Sung||Player Out||First Half||38||H|
|4||10 Jun 2002||Lee Chun-Soo||Substitute In||First Half||38||H|
|5||10 Jun 2002||Jeff Agoos||Yellow Card||First Half||39||A|
|6||10 Jun 2002||Brad Friedel||Penalty save||First Half||39||A|
|7||10 Jun 2002||Hwang Sun-Hong||Player Out||Second Half||11||H|
|8||10 Jun 2002||Ahn Jung-Hwan||Substitute In||Second Half||11||H|
|9||10 Jun 2002||Yoo Sang-Chul||Player Out||Second Half||24||H|
|10||10 Jun 2002||Choi Yong Soo||Substitute In||Second Half||24||H|
|11||10 Jun 2002||DaMarcus Beasley||Player Out||Second Half||30||A|
|12||10 Jun 2002||Eddie Lewis||Substitute In||Second Half||30||A|
|13||10 Jun 2002||Ahn Jung-Hwan||Goal||Second Half||33||H|
|14||10 Jun 2002||Hong Myung-Bo||Yellow Card||Second Half||35||H|
|15||10 Jun 2002||Clint Mathis||Player Out||Second Half||37||A|
|16||10 Jun 2002||Josh Wolff||Substitute In||Second Half||37||A|
|A dramatic late equaliser from Ahn Jung-Hwan, the pin up boy of South Korean football, saw the World Cup co-hosts keep their dream alive with a 1-1 draw against the United States. Super-sub Ahn, who plays in Italy with Perugia, nodded home a 78th-minute free-kick to save Korea from defeat after Clint Mathis had put the US ahead in the first half. South Korea's Choi Yong-Soo had a glorious chance to snatch a late winner, but shot over from point blank range as the U.S.A. escaped with a point. Ahn's equaliser sparked relief amongst the hordes of red-shirted Korean fans who had crammed into the 65,000-capacity Daegu Stadium for a match held among unprecedented security.
In the first half a Lee Eul-Yong penalty in the 39th minute was saved spectacularly by U.S.A. keeper Brad Friedel. The Blackburn Rovers player made a string of other good saves and was adjuged man of the match.
"For the goal, the ball dropped between players and I did not have a chance," said Friedel. "We had been practising defending crosses like that all week but we could not prevent that one. They put us under a lot of pressure in the second half and it is very difficult to withstand that.
"If you had said 'here are four points after two games' before the tournament we would have taken them. It is all to play for in our match against Poland."
World Cup organisers feared the Group D collision might prompt a mass display of anti-US sentiment but nothing materialised. Ahn celebrated his goal by taking a speed skating posture - an apparent reference to the controversy at this year's Winter Olympics when a Korean skater was denied a gold medal in favour of an American rival. The result leaves both the United States and South Korea level on four points at the top of Group D after two matches. Korea's Dutch coach Guus Hiddink was disappointed his side could not take all three points with a difficult final match against Portugal to come.
"I think we deserved to win maybe 3-1 or 4-1," Hiddink said. "Maybe a draw is too little or not enough, but it's a tournament so we have to accept it.
"But I'm happy with the way the players performed. They were always going to attack. The improvement and effort they have made in the last four months is tremendous.
"The side is competing well, controlling the game and dominating recognised sides. Chapeau (hats off) to the Koreans."
American coach Bruce Arena was delighted his side came away with a point, acknowledging the hostile atmosphere.
"It was a big day for the people of Korea and playing under these conditions in front of 60,000 of their fans it was a good result," Arena said. "We will take the point and get out of town fast."
Earlier it had looked as if Friedel would see the Americans home to victory, with his shot-stopping heroics. Swiss official Urs Meier had pointed to the spot in the 39th minute after the U.S.A.'s veteran defender Jeff Agoos was adjudged to have shoved South Korea's veteran striker Hwang Sun-Hong in the box. Lee stepped up to take the penalty and keeper Friedel guessed correctly, diving to his right to beat out the shot before Kim Nam-Il missed a follow up. Mathis' goal came after the United States had soaked up some early pressure to catch the home defence napping. A long ball from midfield found Mathis in acres of space on the edge of the penalty area, the mohican-cropped striker taking one touch before ramming an unstoppable finish past Lee Woon-Jae. South Korea had squandered a gilt-edged chance to take the lead over only five minutes. A perfect cross to the back post from Hwang found an unmarked Seol Ki-Hyeon. But with the goal at his mercy Seol smashed a close-range volley over the bar, to the disbelief of his team-mates. Kim Nam-Il was the first to seriously test Friedel, lofting a long-range shot which the back-pedalling U.S. shot-stopper gathered on nine minutes. Seol went close again near the 20-minute mark, latching on to a long ball over the top from Yoo Sang-Chul but seeing his angled shot blocked as Friedel thrust out a leg. It was a similar tale after half-time, South Korea sweeping forward in search of an equaliser only to be thwarted by a resolute American defence - and Friedel. The second half was barely a minute old before when Friedel came to the rescue for the U.S. again, pulling off another marvellous save from a shot by Seol as another Korean chance went begging.
(courtesy of dailysoccer)
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