Johannesburg JSC Thursday June 1713.30 SA Time
If there were any doubts about Diego Maradona’s Argentina, they have been dispelled by an electric performance which was a one-way roller-coaster of a game sweeping all before the unstoppable machine led by Mascherano.
On 17’, a corner by Messi was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Chungyong. 1-0. Messi was behind the second on 33’, passing to M. Rodriquez, who found Burdisso and Higuain headed the ball into the back of the net. 2-0.
Sungryong saved from Di Maria on 40’, again on 41’. Chungyong wrapped up the first half, scoring for his own team this time, on 45+1’, taking the ball off Demichelis in the area and shooting home.
Argentina came out after the break even more devastating.Sungryong saved from Higuain on 52’, from Tevez on 54’, Messi on 65’. Messi again on 76’. Secoinds later, Messi hit the post and in the same minute, passed the ball to Higuain who tapped in his second and Argentina’s third. 3-0.
The Argentinean forward’s hat-trick came four minutes later, again finishing a move started by Messi, who passed to Kun Agueiro, who in turn found Higuain, predictably ifa Man of the Match.
Rep. of Korea: Sungryong, Beomseok, Yonghyung, Jisung, Jungwoo, Chuyoung, Youngpyo, Jungsoo, Sungyeung (Namil), Chungyong (Donggook), Kihun,
Argentina: Romero, Demichelis, Heinze, Di Maria, Higuain (Bolatti), Messi, Tevez (Kun Aguero), Samuel (Burdisso), Mascherano, Jonas, M. Rodriguez
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