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World Cup: Korea drops to 4th in Group H after 4-2 loss to Algeria

Updated: 2014-06-23 17:54:58 (KST)
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Another thrilling day of World Cup action has passed us by, with Day 11 in Brazil bringing two late goals and a surprise big victory.
But Team Korea would like a "do-over" as its chances of advancing the round of 16 - have been reduced considerably after a FOUR-TWO loss to Algeria.
Our Song Ji-sun joins us for more.
Disappointing.
Their performance in the first match against Russia was so much better.

It was painful to watch Korea giving away goal after goal in such a poor, first-half performance.
The Algerians' goals were impeccably taken, but Korea didn't make it that hard for them with empty spots all over the defense.
Korea lost two goals in the space of just two minutes -- after Algeria's Islam Slimani scored the first on 26 minutes.
Ending the first half down THREE-NIL and without a single shot at goal Korea looked down and out, but there were a few minutes of hope when Son Heung-min put a goal in the back of the net in the 50th minute.
Unfortunately, the wind was knocked out of Korea's sails just 12 minutes later when Algeria made it FOUR-ONE.
Korea's Koo Ja-cheol got a consolation goal at 72 minutes, but that's how it would end FOUR-TWO Algeria.
The Algerian team brought in five fresh faces from their first game, making it harder for the Korean squad to know what to expect.

Even fans of the team are questioning whether Head Coach Hong Myung-bo's starting line-up - the best 11 - was the best choice to take on Algeria.

I think he went too safe -- there were basically no change made in his line-up.
But like in the Russian match, the strikers who replaced the starting members in the second half were the ones who changed the game.
That was the case with Lee Keun-ho in the 1st match and Kim Shin-wook in the 2nd match -- both of whom came in in place of Park Chu-young who was barely noticeable.
Also note that more than half of his players on the list are identical to the London 2012 Summer Olympics team that won bronze, but this time, the rather outdated magic did not work.

I suppose the big question in the minds of many now is do we still have a chance of making it through to the knockout stage?

Good thing we have a draw in the first match, which has left the door slightly open.
We have a chance, but it's a very, very slim one.
The ONLY way Korea can finish in the two top of the group is if they soundly beat Belgium in their final group game and Algeria fails to beat Russia.
Even in this case, Korea needs a bucketful of goals as we have lost the most goals in the group.
Belgium is the top seed in Group H -- with the highest FIFA ranking of 11th. and they have already qualified for the knockout stage.
One hopeful note is that Belgium's coach says he will not put his first 11 out against Korea. as he wants to give a chance to other players who have not yet been able to play.
But it's all scenarios and possibilities.
Remember back in the past two World Cups, Korea finished the group stage with the same result -- at a win, a loss and a draw. In South Africa 2010, they went on to the round of 16, but in Germany 2006, they couldn't get through on account of goal counts and game points.

That's right. Guess we will have to wait til Friday

Four more days to prepare for what could be their last match. And here's a look at where the other teams stand in their groups -- and what matches are in store for this Monday in Brazil.


Reporter : song@arirang.co.kr

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