World Cup 2014, Russia vs South Korea: as it happened

Abhishek Nandwani,IBNLive Sports | Jun 18, 2014 at 05:26am IST

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A stuttering qualifying campaign may have dented South Korean confidence ahead into their opening Group H match against Fabio Capello's Russia on Tuesday, but they've got a wealth of World Cup experience.

At first glance, it appears the Koreans and Russians will be in a race for second spot in the group behind a young and vibrant Belgium team whose golden generation has bloomed just in time for Brazil. Algeria is the other team in the group.

World Cup 2014, Russia vs South Korea: as it happened

Catch all the action from the Group H match between Russia and South Korea played at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba.

South Korea lost 2-1 to Russia in a friendly at Dubai in November and is coming off a 4-0 hammering by Ghana in Miami, which highlighted the team's defensive problems as well as limitations in attack.

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5:22 am: That is all from our side for today's matches. We will be back tomorrow with next set of matches from World Cup 2014.

5:20 am: FULL-TIME: Russia 1-1 South Korea

5:20 am: Russia press South Korea back into their own area, but can't break through. Time ticking away.

5:15 am: There will be a minimum of four minutes of a stoppage time and it's 1-1 at the moment.

5:12 am: To my eye Koreans look the fitter team at the moment. Do they have enough to get a winner in this last five minutes?

5:10 am: Son, who has faded, goes off to be replaced by Kim Bo-kyoung.

5:06 am: It's been 80 minutes and the game is level 1-1. Will there be a winner in this one?

5:02 am: Kerzhakov may have been offside there. It's a goal regardless. This could be a brilliant last 15 minutes.

5:00 am: Goalllll! This match has suddenly risen to the occasion. What a reply by Russians. Alexandr Kerzhakov scores in the 74th minute and it's 1-1.

4:58 am: Kerzhakov replaces the anonymous Zhirkov for Russia.

4:57 am: This is one of the worst goalkeeping howlers you will ever see. Igor Akinfeev could not hold on to the shot and it popped up and went to the goal.

4:56 am: GOAAALLLLL!!!!!! Finally deadlock is broken -- Lee Keun-Ho with the goal.

4:52 am: Few players dropping with cramp at the moment. 65 minutes gone and it's still goalless.

4:51 am: Only a matter of time before South Korea introduce "The Wookie". Need someone big up front to battle physical Russian defenders.

4:48 am: Substitution for Russia: On comes the Alan Dzagoev, the top scorer from Euro 2012 as a youngster.

4:44 am: A free-kick from fully 40 yards from the centre-half Kim slams straight into the keeper's midriff then pops out again. Somehow he manages to grab it in the second attempt.

4:44 am: First substitution for South Korea -- Park jogs off to be replaced by Lee Keun-ho.

4:40 am: Ki hits a swerving shot from long range and Akinfeev only just parries on the second attempt. Game is opening up now.

4:37 am: We have more action in five second half minutes than we have in the whole of first half.

4:36 am: Koo pings one at goal from 30 yards and Akinfeev fists the ball away. This was his first save of the match.

4:33 am: Faizulin has a shot tipped over the bar before Berezoutski nods a header into the side netting. Good start to the second half.

4:32 am: We are back for the second half. Can anyone break the deadlock?

4:28 am: Russia fail to score in the first half for their 4th successive WC match.

4:17 am: HALF-TIME: Russia 0-0 South Korea

4:14 am: Son has been by far South Korea's brightest player so far. He is passing and linking with players very nicely.

4:11 am: Forty minutes gone and it's still goalless.

4:11 am: Son purrs into a shooting position on the edge of the box but way above the bar. Poor effort by him.

4:05 am: The match is finally opening up! Koo finds space outside the area and fires in a shot but its deflected and it's a corner.

4:03 am: From the free-kick – which must be 40 yards out and more – Ignashevich absolutely thunders in a shot but goalkeeper saves it. He spilled it initially but was away from the Russian players.

4:00 am: At the moment Russia are only looking dangerous from corners. It's been 30 minutes and still no clear cut chance in the match and it stands 0-0. Not a match neutrals will want to see.

3:58 am: 

3:55 am: I am afraid to say but it can be another boring 0-0 draw like we had yesterday when Nigeria and Iran played each other.

3:51 am: Not impressed by Russia at all so far. It's slow, steady and they're lacking creativity. Capello needs to change tactics else South Korea will dominate and eventually score later in the day

3:48 am: A cross-field ball finds Zhirkov in space on the left. He works the ball inside and things are looking vaguely dangerous until Shatov's loose pass.

3:45 am: It has been a very cagey affair so far -- still no clear cut chance for either sides so far. Game is 15 minutes old and it's 0-0.

3:38 am: Russia are beginning to dominate and win the first corner. Good corner but no one was there to provide finishing touch to it. In the end South Korean defenders clear it.

3:36 am: Samedov gets a yard or two of space down the Russian right, but pings his cross straight over the defenders head. Wasted cross. Pretty slow start to the match.

3:34 am: A scrappy start here from both sides -- both of them are not able to keep the possession of the ball. Free kick to Russia.

3:33 am: South Koreans are famous for their high tempo game while Russia play a slow and patient game.

3:32 am: Right, off we go then. Russia kick things off. Hopefully it will be an entertaining contest.

3:26 am: 

3:23 am: Players are making their way to the middle and are lining up for the national anthems.

3:20 am: Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Andrei Yeshchenko, Dmitry Kombarov, Vasily Berezutsky, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Glushakov, Viktor Faizulin, Oleg Shatov, Alexander Samedov, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Kokorin.South Korea: Jung Sung-ryong, Lee Yong, Yun Suk-young, Kim Young-kwon, Hong Jeong-ho, Ki Sung-yeung, Han Kook-young, Son Heung-min, Lee Chung-yong, Koo Ja-cheol, Park Chu-young.

3:15 am: Is anyone expecting Russia or South Korea to take Brazil 2014 by storm?

3:10 am: this time both world cup songs are crap man

2:51 am: South Korea lost 2-1 to Russia in a friendly at Dubai in November and is coming off a 4-0 hammering by Ghana in Miami, which highlighted the team's defensive problems as well as limitations in attack.

2:51 am: At first glance, it appears the Koreans and Russians will be in a race for second spot in the group behind a young and vibrant Belgium team whose golden generation has bloomed just in time for Brazil. Algeria is the other team in the group.

2:51 am: A stuttering qualifying campaign may have dented South Korean confidence ahead into their opening Group H match against Fabio Capello's Russia on Tuesday, but they've got a wealth of World Cup experience.

2:50 am: Sir, I am your big, big fan. Looking forward to your commentary.

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