Group G Johannesburg JEP 20.30 SA Time
The 0-0 at the interval said as much about the DPR Korea’s organization as about Brasil’s apparent lack of ambition, the notion remaining that Dunga’s team was trying to avoid injuries and yellow cards in the warm-up for the apparently more dangerous Group G opponents Ivory Coast and Portugal.
Brazil had three corners to DRP Korea’s 1. After 11 minutes, DPR Korea had the first shot on target, Julio Cesar saving Tai Se’s insipid shot, Myong Guk saving from Elano on 13’ and from Maicon within a minute.
In Guk tried his luck on 19’ but did not test Julio Cesar. Myong Guk had to save twice from Robinho on 21’.
After the break, the game warmed up the freezing Johannesburg night, with two goals from Brazil (Maicon, FIFA Man of the Match, on 55’, from an incredible angle, shooting from the goal line; and on 72’, Elano converted a fantastic Robinho pass) and the reward for the hard work and organization of the DPR Korea (89’, J. Yun Nam).
Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Juan, Felipe Melo (Ramires), M. Bastos, Elano (Dani Alves), G. Silva, L. Fabiano, Kaka (Nilmar), Robinho
DPR Korea: R. Myong Guk, C. Jong Hyok, R. Jun Il, P. Nam Chol, R. Kwang Chon, J. Yun Nam, J. Tae Se, H. Yong Jo, M. In Guk (K. Kum Il), P. Chol Jin, A. Yong Hak
In a weary world of endless US military interventions, sanctions, trade tariffs and chaos, let’s pause and take stock of the shining house on the hill