World Cup: Goetze fires Germany to victory

Published July 15, 2014, on The Korea Herald   RIO DE JANEIRO ― With two minutes left in full time and the teams stuck in a scoreless deadlock, German coach Joachim Loew told substitute forward Mario Goetze to show the world that he could outperform rival Argentina’s star striker Lionel Messi to win the match. “‘I said to Mario Goetze, ‘Okay. Show to the world that you’re better than Messi, and that you can decide the World Cup. You have all the possibilities to do just that,’” Loew said. And on Sunday at Maracana Stadium, he did it in the…

World Cup: 10-man Belgium sends Korea home

Ten-man Belgian team beats Taeguk Warriors 1-0, wins first place in Group H Published June 27, 2014, on The Korea Herald   SAO PAULO, Brazil — South Korea’s slim chance of advancing to the round of 16 faded Thursday in Sao Paulo as a 10-man Belgium secured a late 1-0 victory over the Taeguk Warriors in their final group match. Instead, Algeria earned its first-ever ticket to the knockout round by drawing 1-1 with Russia in Curitiba. Belgian captain Jan Vertonghen, in for an injured Vincent Kompany, pounced on a rebound off goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu to score in the 78th…

World Cup: Korea routed by Algeria

Published June 24, 2014, on The Korea Herald PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil ― South Korea’s defensive problems returned to the fore as it fell 4-2 to Algeria in Porto Alegre on Sunday, giving the African country its first World Cup victory in 32 years. Facing a far more aggressive opponent than in its opening match with Russia, Korea displayed a less careful and more desperate game against a heavy defense and speedy offense. Midfielder Son Heung-min and captain Koo Ja-cheol softened the blow with second-half goals, but the team’s weak defense could not stop the ruthless Algerian attack. With this victory,…

World Cup: Honors even

Published June 18, 2014, on The Korea Herald CUIABA, Brazil ― South Korea’s meticulous World Cup preparations paid off enough to stop its losing streak, as the Taeguk Warriors reached a 1-1 draw with Russia on Tuesday in the final opening group match in Brazil. Korean forward Lee Keun-ho scored the opening goal in the 68th minute, followed by a dramatic equalizer by Russia’s Aleksandr Kerzhakov just six minutes later. Lee Keun-ho celebrates after scoring South Korea’s first goal of the World Cup against Russia in Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba, Brazil, Wednesday. (Yonhap) The draw stopped Korea’s painful pre-World Cup…