FIFA World Cup 2010 Updates – Brazil V/S Korea DPR Analysis
Five times world champion Brazil registered a 2-1 win against Korea DPR in their opening game at FIFA world cup 2010. But the soccer mights were made to work extremely hard to sneak through Korean defense. Playing their first world cup game after 1966, the North Koreans kept Kaka’s team scoreless until ten minutes into the second half. It was only in 55th minute when Maicon created a magic moment by putting he ball into Korean nets from an outrageous angle. Elano bolted the final nail in Korea DPR’s coffin but the resilient asians bounced back with a goal in 89th minute by Ji Yun-Nam. In the end Brazil just managed to absorb the heat of Korea.
First half belonged to Brazil with frequent attacks on Korean DPR’s goal but the later showed exceptional temperament in handling the star players. North Korea passed extremely well and defended extremely well but nevertheless Brazil were able to create a number of opportunities. It seemed that Brazil lacked the finishing touches of Ronaldo, Adriano and Ronaldinho. However, a moment of brilliance from Maicon broke the deadlock. in the 72nd minute, Elano comfortably finished a Robinho pass that checkmated the entire Korean defensive quartet making the score 2-0.
Koreans were no behind and they generated a number of chances throughout the game. During first half, defender Cha Jong-Hyok fired a shot wide, while Japan-based striker Jong Tae-Se also initiated many attacks on Brazil post. With a minute of regular time remaining, Ji Yun Nam burst into the penalty area and drove a memorable strike past Julio Cesar scoring a goal for Korea DPR. In all, Brazil managed to sneak out a nervy victory which was assessed as “It was horrible. They played badly” by a Brazilian fan back home.
Apart from the live action, there were some emotional moments that would be remembered for this game. The significance of the moment for playing in world cup after 1966 was too much for Korea DPR’s Jong Tae-Se who started weeping openly during his country’s anthem. There were more tears later at Ellis Park, but this time of celebration, when Brazil full-back Maicon opened Brazil’s account after 55 minutes of impressive resistance from the North Koreans. Watch out for more action in FIFA world cup 2010