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Played
August 11, 2012 12:15 AM IST
Millennium Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ R. Irmatov‎
Attendance:‬ 56393‎
 
 
57′ Koo Ja-Cheol
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: South Korea 2-0 Japan

The South Koreans edge out their Asian rivals for Olympic bronze with a display which combined passion, relentless energy and some clinical finishing

By Liam Twomey at the Millennium Stadium

  • Sung-Ryong Jung
    1
    0
    3.00

    Sung-Ryong Jung

    Rarely troubled by an uninspired Japanese attack, but reliable when called upon.

  • Jae-Seok Oh
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jae-Seok Oh

    Defended the right flank with discipline and energy, though Nagai and Otsu gave him problems.

  • Suk-Young Yoon
    1
    0
    3.00

    Suk-Young Yoon

    Offered little in the way of an attacking threat, but was rarely beaten on the left side.

  • Young-Gwon Kim
    0
    0
    3.00

    Young-Gwon Kim

    Rarely beaten in the air or on the ground, although he will surely have tougher nights than this one.

  • Seok-Ho Hwang
    0
    0
    3.00

    Seok-Ho Hwang

    Looked far more composed than he did against Team GB's Daniel Sturridge, but also had far less to deal with.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    2
    0
    3.50

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Looked calm, composed and downright classy every time he got the ball, and worked back tirelessly for his team.

  • Bo-Kyung Kim
    0
    0
    3.00

    Bo-Kyung Kim

    Linked the midfield and attack well, and was incredibly unlucky to be denied from 20 yards by a superb Gonda save.

  • Koo Ja-Cheol
    1
    0
    4.00

    Koo Ja-Cheol

    Full of passion and pride for the cause. His emotions threatened to boil over with several over-zealous challenges and angry confrontations with his Japanese opponents early on, but he took the second-half goal which sowed things up for his side with a calmness which belied the rest of his performance.

  • Jong-Woo Park
    1
    0
    3.00

    Jong-Woo Park

    Outshone by his central midfield partner Ki, but his unfussy and sensible use of the ball was a significant factor in his team's success.

  • Dong-Won Ji
    0
    0
    2.50

    Dong-Won Ji

    Put in a shift, but carried nowhere near the same threat he did against Team GB.

  • Chu-Young Park
    7
    0
    3.50

    Chu-Young Park

    Anonymous early on, but burst into life spectacularly seven minutes before half-time when he jinked past two Japanese defenders and unleashed a fierce drive into the bottom corner. Maybe that's what Arsene Wenger saw in him.

Substitutions

  • Ki-Hee Kim
    0
    0

    Ki-Hee Kim

    His introduction wasn't the last action of the game, but it may as well have been.

  • Tae-Hee Nam
    0
    0
    2.50

    Tae-Hee Nam

    Came on with just over 20 minutes remaining when Ji's legs began to feel the pace, and did ok.

  • Hyun-Sung Kim
    0
    0

    Hyun-Sung Kim

    Replaced Park in the last five minutes with nothing left to play for.

  • Shuichi Gonda
    0
    1
    3.00

    Shuichi Gonda

    Had to rescue his defenders on a couple of occasions when they gave the ball away in crucial areas, but always handled the danger with calmness and authority. Could do nothing about either of South Korea's goals.

  • Yuhei Tokunaga
    0
    0
    2.00

    Yuhei Tokunaga

    Consistently troubled by the energetic duo of Koo and Oh during South Korea's better counter-attacks.

  • Takahiro Ogihara
    0
    0
    2.50

    Takahiro Ogihara

    His job was to be conservative on the ball and to break up opposition attacks. He managed his first task but not the second.

  • Hiroki Sakai
    0
    0
    2.00

    Hiroki Sakai

    Had an interesting battle with Koo at the start, but offered his side neither defensive solidity nor attacking impetus once they fell behind.

  • Maya Yoshida
    0
    0
    1.50

    Maya Yoshida

    Caught out for pace repeatedly and, as both centre-back and captain, must take the biggest share of responsibility for the two extremely soft goals South Korea scored. Thought he'd put his side on the road to a dramatic comeback late on, only for his headed effort to be ruled out. It just wasn't his night.

  • Daisuke Suzuki
    1
    0
    2.00

    Daisuke Suzuki

    Looked panicky and unsure when faced with pacey South Korean attackers running at and past him, but at least he did manage to win most of his aerial battles.

  • Yuki Otsu
    0
    0
    3.00

    Yuki Otsu

    Looked his side's likeliest threat cutting in from the left flank, but was starved of service for most of the evening.

  • Keigo Higashi
    0
    0
    2.00

    Keigo Higashi

    Wearing the fabled number 10, he failed to do it justice, offering no fantasy or imagination to the Japanese attacks before his withdrawal with around half an hour to go.

  • Hotaru Yamaguchi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Hotaru Yamaguchi

    Fared better than his midfield partner Ogihara, but when it came to providing the frontmen with decent service, he was part of the problem rather than the solution.

  • Hiroshi Kiyotake
    0
    0
    2.50

    Hiroshi Kiyotake

    Worked hard, but his lack of composure too often stifled his team's attacks.

  • Kensuke Nagai
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kensuke Nagai

    Showed the occasional flash of promise, but his midfielders reduced him to the role of a spectator for much of the evening.

Substitutions

  • Kazuya Yamamura
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kazuya Yamamura

    Brought on to shore up the midfield when his team were already two goals down. Too little, too late.

  • Takashi Usami
    0
    0
    2.50

    Takashi Usami

    Came on for Nagai with just under 20 minutes left and got little more of the ball than the man he replaced.

  • Kenyu Sugimoto
    0
    0
    2.00

    Kenyu Sugimoto

    Replaced the tepid Higashi but was hardly an improvement.

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