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  • July 26, 2012
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Referee: S. Jedidi
  • • Attendance: 15748

Live Commentary

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  • It's all over! Mexico was unable to win it in the final minutes. Giovani and Jimenez came on to try and push El Tri forward and nearly did so. But it ends 0-0 here in St. James' Park.
  • 90' + 2'
    Raul Jimenez! How much closer can you get? Mexico just miss out on winning the game as the América striker misses a fantastic opportunity to clinch three points.
  • 90'
    We'll get three more minutes here in St. James' Park.
  • 87'
    Giovani! Missed it! Mexico's best chance yet came off a great cross from Chavez and the Tottenham striker just clipped the ball as his shot went wide.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionTae-Hee Nam Dong-Won Ji
  • 86'
    Sunderland's Ji Dongwon will come on for Nam Taehee.
  • 85'
    SubstitutionM. Fabián R. Jiménez
  • 85'
    Raul Jimenez will replace Marco Fabian as Mexico go for a final push up front.
  • 83'
    Mexico gets a cross out of harm's way and pushes forward to find Giovani dos Santos. South Korea closing down spaces in the late going.
  • 81'
    Marco Fabian takes the free kick and fires it over the bar.
  • 80'
    Salcido draws a foul close to the South Korean box.
  • 79'
    Koo! Wastes it! The Korean skipper is wide open and takes a pass from the wing that he heads way wide.
  • 77'
    Foul in South Korean territory, Giovani takes it quickly and the ball is given away on the wing.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionChu-Young Park Sung-Dong Baek
  • 75'
    Good opportunity wasted by South Korea off the corner. Shot is deflected and the Asians get another crack at the corner.
  • 73'
    Substitution coming for South Korea.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionH. Herrera Jorge Enríquez
  • 70'
    Luis Fernando Tena to try his luck a second time as Jorge Enriquez will replace Hector Herrera. Gio's sub has worked out well so far.
  • 69'
    Marco Fabian! He's wasted it! The Chivas striker had a glaring opportunity to score off the corner but his hit of the ball goes way over the bar.
  • 68'
    First opportunity for Giovani dos Santos who gets a deflected shot off and wins a corner for Mexico. Ponce to take it.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionO. Peralta Giovani dos Santos
  • 66'
    Dangerous moment for Mexico as Vidrio slips and South Korea nearly get in on goal. Corner kick.
  • 66'
    And here he comes. Giovani dos Santos will replace Oribe Peralta.
  • 65'
    Oribe Peralta is called for a foul while Giovani dos Santos gets ready to come on.
  • 64'
    Nam Taehee pressures Corona with a shot that goes about a yard wide. Corona watches it sail past the post.
  • 62'
    Dangerously taken by South Korea but once again, Mexico's back line is there to clear.
  • 61'
    Corner kick for South Korea.
  • 59'
    Yellow Card H. Herrera
  • 59'
    Ki to take the kick... it's not a good one. No danger there.
  • 59'
    Yellow card to Herrera after a foul right outside the Mexico box.
  • 57'
    Aquino! The Cruz Azul winger breaks through and nearly puts Mexico ahead thanks to a great shot that's barely saved.
  • 56'
    Fans start to clamor for Giovani dos Santos in the stands.
  • 55'
    And another corner kick as Corona has pushed a very dangerous shot out.
  • 53'
    Crossbar and out! Jacheol Koo with the closest South Korea has gotten to breaking the scoreless tie.
  • 50'
    Another good run made by Bo-Kyung Kim off to the right side, Ki gets a cross in and the ball ends up as another corner kick for South Korea.
  • 49'
    Bo-Kyung Kim gets a rocket of a shot off and the ball goes just wide for South Korea. Goal kick to come.
  • 48'
    Goal kick for Mexico after a failed attempt for South Korea.
  • 47'
    No substitutions yet for either side.
  • 46'
    The second half kicks off with Mexico moving the ball.
  • Mexico and South Korea go into the break as they started. 0-0 after 45 minutes at St. James' Park and the countdown begins as to when we'll get to see Giovani dos Santos on the pitch for Mexico.
  • 45'
    We're in injury time now.
  • 43'
    South Korea is waiting in defense a little more to explode up front with counterattacks. So far, it hasn't worked as the back line is doing quite well.
  • 42'
    Hector Herrera gets a good shot off that's parried by the goalkeeper.
  • 41'
    Not the best first half of play, but South Korea has to think its been wasteful so far, and Mexico is slowly regaining the confidence to push up front.
  • 40'
    Mexico break through with a a good combo play that ends with Miguel Ponce taking a shot just outside the box that goes inches wide.
  • 37'
    Finally, the corner kick takes place but once again it is rejected. Park takes the rebound and fires wildly from outside the box to produce the goal kick from Corona.
  • 36'
    Injury break as we have a South Korean player on the pitch.
  • 35'
    South Korea is now completely on top of Mexico offensively and despite not creating clear chances yet, have definitely come closer.
  • 34'
    Another corner kick for South Korea.
  • 31'
    Great slide from Carlos Salcido to negate a Park Chu-Young run into the box. If the Tigres man doesn't make that tackle, Park's got a clear path to Corona.
  • 30'
    Mexico will definitely need a bit of possession play going forward. Giovani dos Santos will surely be set to come on at some point during the second half.
  • 28'
    Nice back heel from Ponce but he later commits a foul and South Korea have a good chance to cross one into the box.
  • 25'
    Good run by Aquino off the right side as he pushes toward the end line. He appears to be pushed but the call is a goal kick.
  • 24'
    Ki takes it and its rejected by Mexico's defense.
  • 23'
    Corner kick for South Korea.
  • 22'
    The tables have turned once more in St. James' Park as now South Korea is getting closer and closer to producing danger in Corona's goal.
  • 19'
    Park goes down in the box but the ref isn't biting and Korea's promising play is over before it starts.
  • 19'
    Long shot from South Korea that goes high and wide above Corona's goal.
  • 17'
    Corner kick for South Korea.
  • 17'
    It's Park to take it and the shot is deflected out for a throw-in.
  • 16'
    Dangerous free kick for South Korea after Ponce commits a foul about 30 yards outside Corona's goal.
  • 14'
    Darvin Chavez can't avoid a Ponce pass to get past the end line and South Korea will have a goal kick. All of Mexico's important attacks coming off the left side.
  • 12'
    South Korea has found a way to get up front these past few minutes, as their speed has been key to push the ball up front.
  • 10'
    Beautiful threaded ball finds Park Chu-Young but Diego Reyes is right there to clear out the danger.
  • 9'
    Foul on Salcido that could've easily garnered a yellow.
  • 9'
    Mexico has grasped a hold of possession these past few minutes after South Korea had started with early domination.
  • 6'
    Good cross from Aquino and Miguel Ponce closes in on the other side but can't get a handle on the pass as the ball drifts out for a goal kick.
  • 5'
    Cross looking for Oribe Peralta ends up in the hands of the South Korean goalkeeper.
  • 4'
    Mexico definitely looking looser up front without Giovani dos Santos. Luis Fernando Tena had been trying to successfully pair Gio with Marco Fabian, but deemed them too similar.
  • 3'
    Mexico with a bit more possession now but South Korea pressuring the back line and forcing Mier to launch a long cross that catches Oribe Peralta off-side.
  • 2'
    Mexico making its first run deep into South Korean territory, as Chivas star Marco Fabian gets dispossessed and ends up committing a foul.
  • 1'
    Strong opening from both teams, as they approach the first seconds with an intense pace and dynamic flow. Possession is hard to come by.
  • 1'
    South Korea kicks the action off and we get underway!
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  • Both managers looking dapper as they nervously await the start of the match. This should be one of the best games of the Group Stage.
  • Giovani dos Santos will indeed start the match on the bench as we noted yesterday, he will no doubt be Tena's first choice sub.
  • No flag mix-up today in St. James' Park, as the South Koreans have their colors correctly displayed.
  • Both teams are on the pitch now, and South Korea gets ready to hear its national anthem.
  • South Korea comes out on the pitch with: Jung, Yun, Kim Y, Hwang, Kim C, Partk J, Ki, Kim B, Nam, Koo and Park C.
  • Mexico: Corona, Vidrio, Mier, Reyes, Chávez, Herrera, Salcido, Aquino, Ponce, Fabián, Oribe Peralta.
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