Thursday, February 09, 2006

South Korea 3 - LA Galaxy 0

The score line is not that surprising since LA has only been back together for a couple weeks and they are missing six starters (to be fair, the Koreans were without six European based players). From all the match reports it sounds like this game was very similar to the US - Norway meeting.

The Koreans went with a 4-3-3 lineup and it proved to be a good choice as they dominated ball control throughout the match. However, LA did find a few chances and almost got the opening goal in the 14th minute when Tyrone Marshall's header was just knocked out by goaltender Woon-Jae Lee.

In the 22nd minute, Dong-Gook Lee (pictured - no. 20) hammered a shot from 30 yards out that just barely found the inside of the post for a goal. Lee continued to make trouble for LA during the night including having two more excellent chances in the next 10 minutes.

It was Lee again who had the first best chance of the second half when, in the 65th minute, he sent a curling shot towards the back post that just went wide. The next seven minutes were the best of the match for LA. Their keeper, Steve Cronin, made a couple of nice stops and they had two good chances on goal.

However, the three minutes that followed those seven where the minutes that put the game out of reach for LA. In the 75th, Kyung-Ho Chung crossed the ball to Dong-Gook Lee, who hit the crossbar with his header. The rebound fell right to Do-Heon Kim who made no mistake burying his follow-up into the lower portion of the net.

Two minutes later, Chun-Soo Lee got a long ball from midfield that found him along with LA's goalie. Lee confidently came dribbled in on the Cronin. He managed to fool the keeper by slotting the ball in low for his side's third goal of the night.

The Koreans had another good chance right before the final whistle, but Cronin shut them down.

All and all, no big surprise on how this turned out. LA has a lot of room for growth while South Korea seem to be on course for a decent time in Germany.


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