Saturday, June 30, 2007

U-20 World Cup - US 1-1 South Korea - Poland shocks Brazil

The first round of Group D action is over and it had a massive surprise as Poland topped Brazil in their U-20 opener.

USA 1-1 South Korea
These two teams played about as equal a match as possible as they each had 50% of possession, however the Koreans attempted seven additional shots. If the US is going to challenge, they, much like the senior team, will need to learn to take the shots and make the most of them.
Goals: USA: Danny Szetela 16'
S Korea: Young Rok Kim 38'

Poland 1-0 Brazil
Grzegorz Krychowiak gave Poland an early lead when he blasted home a free kick, however the joy didn't last long when Krzysztof Krol was sent off four minutes later with a second yellow card. Brazil owned the ball for most of the match, but Poland was somehow able to hold on and take a full three points.
Goals: Grzegorz Krychowiak 23'

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Anonymous Brian said...

Michael Bradley looked god awful today and the offense looked incompetent. The back line pretty much saved the US on this one by blocking a plethora of shots and passes. Korea would have definitely scored if it weren't for them.

The ref was horrible in the first half, especially against the US. He was giving free kicks to Korea on fouls that he wasn't even calling for the US. The yellow against Rogers was just ridiculous.

Then he came out in the second half and did the same for the US against Korea, handing out two questionable yellow cards. What gives?

Overall, Korea was the better team who probably should have won, but their poor shot selection and the commendable performance by the US back line kept it a draw.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poland was able to hang on to the one goal lead against Brazil because even one man down they demonstrated very impressive defensive play. If Brazil and Pato are to do anything in this tournament they are going to have to pick things up substantially. Poland's next game should reveal if they are a team to worry about for the rest of the matches.
Right now I am watching Chili beat Canada....two nil so far.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to add this to support the above....

Brazil coach Nelson Rodrigues said his team tried to take advantage of the manpower advantages, but failed.

"We tried going wide on the wings and we tried going up the middle," said Rodrigues. "I thought we had the better chances, but we couldn't finish. We couldn't penetrate their defence, Their defence was the difference today."


8:06 PM  

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