Full-time - 90'
2 - 2
18:30 +00:00, June 22, 2010
Durban Stadium, Durban, South Africa
Referee: Olegário Benquerença
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The Super Eagles went ahead early on through Kalu Uche before goals from Lee Jung-Soo and Park Chu-Young put South Korea in firm control. After producing the miss of the tournament, Yakubu levelled from the penalty spot but Nigeria just came up short.
South Korea will face Uruguay in the second round while Nigeria join Greece in going home. Nigeria made a fight of things at the end but just couldn't find that crucial goal.
FULL TIME! South Korea reach the second round of a World Cup for the first time on foreign soil.
30 seconds left and Argentina have topped the group after beating Greece 2-0. They will face Mexico.
South Korea run down the clock as Park Chu-Young is replaced by Kim Dong-Jin.
ESPN Stats & Info: Park Chu-Young is just the fifth player ever to score a goal and an own goal in the same tournament.
Obinna again lets fly from range and again fails to hit the target. That goal just won't come.
There will be three minutes of added time.
Obinna makes space on the edge of the box and rifles an effort at goal that flies narrowly wide. Half the stadium thought that was in.
Martin Palermo makes it 2-0 to Argentina so that is Greece firmly out of the equation. Can Nigeria get the goal they need?
Ki comes off and is replaced by Kim Jae-Sung.
Ki goes down with cramp and the stretchers come on, but he enjoys a miraculous recovery and ambles off the pitch.
Ki Sung-Yeong produces an overhead kick in the box as he looks to flick the ball on to a team-mate, but Nigeria mop it up.
ESPN Stats & Info: South Korea have been dominant in attack with 16 shots (8 on target) to Nigeria's 8 shots (4 on target).
Dickson Etuhu feeds Victor Obinna but his shot skews wide. Nigeria have ten minutes to find the goal that will give them a place in the second round.
Nigeria just need a goal to qualify, and Martins should have claimed it! Ogbuke put the ball through and the striker lifted his shot over the 'keeper, but it floated wide. Agonising.
Enyeama picks a corner from Ki Sung-Yeong out of the air and Danny Shittu breathes a sigh of relief. The defender was caught in possession in his own box and was lucky to only concede a corner.
A goal for Argentina against Greece is good news for Nigeria. A goal now and they qualify! That also gives South Korea a cushion of sorts, though they must be wary of Nigeria.
Lee Chung-Young curls a shot to the far post but Enyeama is equal to it and turns the effort behind for a corner.
Park Ji-Sung collects a searching pass to the right, jinks his way past Echiejile and sees a low effort find the side netting.
Ogbuke drives down the left wing and sees his cross float over the bar. In doing so, the forward appears to have sustained an injury and needs treatment.
Park Chu-Young turns Echiejile and tries to get a shot away from close range, but Etuhu comes across to help out and clears.
Greece need to score against Argentina or for Nigeria to score against South Korea. Nigeria need Argentina to win and also to emerge victorious here. Fifteen minutes left of the group and anything could happen!
Danny Shittu almost sends Cha Du-Ri's cross past his own goalkeeper! Nigeria clear from the corner though.
South Korea are still going through, but a late goal from Greece will take Otto Rehhagel's side into the second round.
ESPN Stats & Info: Six of the eight penalties at this World Cup have now been scored.
Yakubu is taken off and replaced by Victor Obinna.
Kim Nam-Il was booked for his clumsy tackle on Ogbuke that gave away the penalty.
GOAL! Yakubu makes amends for his horrendous miss as he rolls the ball the other side of Jung. Game on.
PENALTY FOR NIGERIA! Kim Nam-Il fouls Ogbuke.
He was completely unmarked from Ayila's cross and had the goal at his mercy.
An incredible miss from Yakubu!! I have no idea how, but Yakubu has managed to turn the ball wide from six yards out, in the centre of the goal. That is one of the worst misses I have ever, ever seen. Horrible.
Kim Nam-Il's first touch is a wayward shot that flies miles off target. He isn't on to shoot though, as he is a defensive midfielder and is on to close out the game.
Kim Nam-Il is on to replace Yeom Ki-Kun and it is a defensive move from Huh Jung-Moo.
ESPN Stats & Info: Nigeria have only had two shots on target since Uche's goal in the 12th minute.
Yeol Ki-Hun squares for Park Chu-Young and the striker is denied by an outstretched arm from Enyeama.
Park Chu-Young hits the back of net.
Cho is very lucky not to be penalised for a blatant pull on the shirt of Ogbuke, just as the forward was about to drive into the box.
Lee Young-Pyo is not backwards in getting forwards at present and sees another effort gathered by Enyeama.
ESPN Stats & Info: No less than 12 years and 12 days separate Kanu's first appearance from today's.
Yakubu wastes a glorious chance! He cuts inside Cho Yong-Hyung and looks ready to pull the trigger, but Lee Jung-Soo intercepts at the vital moment.
Dickson Etuhu spots a chasm in the Korean defence but his pass for Yakubu has too much on it and the Everton striker fails to control.
Kanu, who has played well today, is replaced by Obafemi Martins.
Lovely interplay from the experienced pair of Park Ji-Sung and Lee Young-Pyo but the Manchester United man cannot pick out a team-mate in the box.
South Korea get themselves back in the game.
Shittu appears to cut out a through-ball with his arm but the referee does not spot an infringement.
Park Chu-Young has been given the chance to test Enyeama again from a set-piece. This time his effort from 30 yards is more of a blast, and the ball flies wide.
Nigeria should not lose hope as they need a three-goal swing: unlikely but possible, especially if Argentina start to get their act together.
That was a nice free kick from Park, who is one of the darlings of the South Korean side. It means Huh Jung-Moo's side are level with Argentina at present but second on goal difference.
That means that Greece now have to beat Argentina 2-0, which probably won't happen, or hope that Nigeria can score twice. It isn't looking good for Otto Rehhagel's side. Nigeria need to win and for Argentina to beat Greece.
GOAL! Park Chu-Young bends the ball inside the far post, out of Enyeama's reach. A lovely strike, and the first proper direct free kick that has been scored in the tournament.
Shittu is penalised for a foul on Park Chu-Young and the Moaco forward will take the set-piece.
Lee Young-Pyo senses a chance 25 yards out and while Enyeama fumbles his shot, the 'keeper claims the ball at the second attempt.
An early free kick for Nigeria is headed away expertly by Park Ji-Sung.
Uwa Echiejile replaces Joseph Yobo. We aren't aware of any injury to the Everton man though.
Nigeria start the second half with a huddle as well. They don't have much of a prayer at the moment.
In all likelihood, South Korea only need to hold onto the draw as Greece beating Argentina would be one of the shocks of the tournament. Nigeria must score, and hope Argentina do the same.
ESPN Stats & Info: Nigeria have won all eight of the tackles that they have attempted in the first half of this match.
One noticeable element of the first half has been the influence of Kanu, who has been excellent in a withdrawn role, almost playing as a classic number 10, albeit a very unconventional one.
South Korea's goal was indebted to a huge slice of luck and Nigeria will be confident of getting something from the second half. But they also need Greece to lose, and it is 0-0 in their game against Argentina.
Nigeria can consider themselves somewhat unlucky having gone ahead through Uche and seen the same players rattle the post with a great effort. But Kim Jung-Woo's goal means it is South Korea are heading into the second round at present.
Cho Yong-Hyung challenges Kanu from behind and brings the forward down. Kanu has played well in the first half in Durban.
Park Chu-Young dumps Odiah on his bum by the touchline, but the Korean apologises.
There will be two minutes of injury time at the end of the first half.
Just to reiterate, for Nigeria to qualify they now need a two-goal swing, with a winner here and a goal for Argentina against Greece.
Yeom Ki-Hun bends the free kick around the wall and the ball dips in front of Enyeama, but he clasps his gloves round it.
Yussuf Ayila is the third Nigerian in the book for a lazy trip on Kim Jung-Woo. That was coming.
ESPN Stats & Info: Both of Lee Jung-Soo's goals in this World Cup have come following a set-piece with a header.
That goal from Lee, his second of the group stage having scored against Greece, means South Korea are once again heading for the second round with Argentina.
GOAL! Ki Sung-Yeung delivers the free kick deep to the back post and Rabiu Afolabi allows Lee Jung-Soo to get away from him. The defender stoops to head but instead connects with his foot and beats Enyeama!
Ogbuke is penalised for a messy tackle on Lee Young-Pyo and he will miss Nigeria's next game in the World Cup.
ESPN Stats & Info: Thus far Nigeria?s attacks have been primarily from the right side of the pitch (53.8% right, 24.36% center, 21.79% left).
Nigeria hit the post! Goalscorer Kalu Uche rifles in a shot from all of 30 yards and is so unlucky to see his effort smack off the post and away. That was a glorious attempt.
Kalu Uche's goal hits the back of the net.
Park Chu-Young lines up a free kick from 20 yards but Enyeama sees the low shot wide as Park attempts to go bend it round the wall and inside the near post.
Nigeria look very confident in possession and are switching the ball around with an air of self-belief. That doesn't bode well for South Korea.
From the set-piece from Ki Sung-Yueng, Enyeama looks all at sea as he produces a poor attempted punch but no South Korean player can get a decisive touch on the ball and Nigeria clear.
Enyeama goes into the book for racing out of his goal and fouling Park Ji-Sung just outside the box. A bizarre bit of goalkeeping.
Lovely play from Ogbuke! The lively forward drags the ball away from one challenge and spins into the box, but his shot is gathered at the second attempt by Jung Sung-Ryong.
The tempo has noticeably dropped in this game, which will suit Nigeria as they aim to protect the lead which could see them reach the second round. They need a goal from Argentina though.
Ogbuke now plays in Yakubu some 20 yards from goal but the striker's heavy touch betrays him and the chance is gone. Nigeria will be happy with this opening 30 minutes though.
Yeom Ki-Hun accelerates into the box as he tries to get a shot away but Shittu produces a fine tackle to deny the midfielder. Excellent defensive work.
Park Ji-Sung, playing well in a central role, spots Park Chu-Yong's run into the box and finds his team-mate with a clever pass, but the striker's effort across goal is weak and Enyeama gathers with ease.
Straight up the other end and after some superb work by Yakubu as the striker retains the ball under pressure, Chinedu Ogbuke finds the side netting with a fierce effort.
Lee Chung-Yong slips the ball down the wing for Cha Du-Ri but his square pass for Park Ji-Sung on the edge of the box is cut out be the Nigeria defence.
Now Nigeria line up a free kick and Uche, who scored from a set-piece against Greece, puts the ball high and wide.
Yeom Ki-Hun swings in a free kick from the right but Danny Shittu heads behind for a corner. Nigeria clear the subsequent set piece and Kim Jung-Woo blasts the loose ball well off target. He hlods up a hand in apology.
South Korea are a very tidy side in possession but that early chance for Lee Chung-Yong aside, they have not troubled Vincent Enyeama, who was named man of the match against both Argentina and Greece.
Kalu Uche celebrates.
If they fail to qualify it would not be without precendent. Four years ago, they beat Togo and then drew with France, only to be eliminated when losing to Switzerland on the final day.
Let's see what Hung Jung-Moo's side are made of then. They had it relatively easy when defeating Greece 2-0 but then struggled in a 4-1 defeat to Argentina.
ESPN Stats & Info: Of teams with at least two appearances, Nigeria have the worst losing percentage in World Cup history when scoring the first goal. Four losses in seven such matches (57.1% losing percentage)
That now means that Greece will be joining Argentina in the second round as things stand. Nigeria have to get a goal back. If Argentina score, then Nigeria will go through!
GOAL! Kalu Uche produces the finish in the centre of the box when he gets in front of Cha Du-Ri to convert a cross from Chidi Odiah. Odiah was left free to roam down the South Korean left side, and that was poor defending.
Shittu is back on now and looks okay.
Shittu hobbles off the pitch for further treatment, and this is a problem that Nigeria do not need. They are already missing two left backs due to injury of course.
Nigeria defender Danny Shittu has injured himself in heading the ball clear and landing on his knee. He looks in considerable pain and this could be a nasty one. The stretcher is on.
The pitch opens up for Celtic's Ki Sung-Yueng but his effort lacks direction and flies off target.
Park Ji-Sung does well to retain possession by the touchline and drives infield, but his run is halted by Yussuf Ayila. South Korea cannot make anything of the free kick though.
Kanu is playing in a withdrawn role behind lone striker Yakubu, which may suit him well as long as he doesn't have to do too much running of course.
Kanu has his first touch and it is typically unexpected, as the old forward attempts to flick the ball up at the touchline. He is an unpredictable player.
In stretching for the ball, Lee appears to have injured himself and requires treatment, but it seems as though he will be okay to continue for now.
South Korea enjoy a flying start as Rabiu Afolabi loses possession, allowing Lee Chung-Yong to exchange passes with Yeom Ki-Hun and stab the ball just wide. It was an excellent chance.
ESPN Stats & Info: Nigeria have lost more World Cup matches than any other African nation (eight).
Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback has opted against using pacy forward Peter Odemwingie which is a bit of a surprise, let's see if it impacts on his side's ability to break down South Korea.
Captains Park Ji-Sung and Kanu exchange pleasantries in te centre circle. This could become pretty tense, let's hope for a few goals though.
The two teams assemble for the national anthems, and we are minutes away from kick-off in Durban.
Nigeria are also without a win in their past seven World Cup matches, losing six and drawing once. That is a poor, poor record. It has been a disappointing campaign for African sides and there has also only been one victory for teams from the continent over their Asian counterparts in World Cup history. That is in eight attempts.
ESPN Stats & Info:South Korea are unbeaten against Nigeria, winning twice and drawing once.
South Korea have decided against going 4-4-2 and bringing in Lee Dong-Gook, formerly of Middlesbrough, as they look to reach the second round for the first time on foreign turf.
Nigeria are denied Sani Kaita, who has received death threats after his stupid sending-off against Greece, while Taye Taiwo is on the bench due to injury. Veteran forward Kanu starts for the African side.
Coincidentally, I attended South Korea's warm-up fixture for this game when they beat Ivory Coast 2-0 at Loftus Road in March. Huh Jung-Moo's side were very impressive on that day, and I fancy them tonight.
So don't worry, you can put your calculators away. We will let you know what the situation is as it progresses.
If both Greece and South Korea win, it will again come down to goal difference, and if both sides win by a margin of three goals or more, they wil both qualify at the expense of Argentina. That surely won't happen though.
Things are somewhat more complicated for South Korea. In essence, they must match Greece's result, unless in doing so, the Greeks score two more goals than South Korea (eg. if it ends Nigeria 0-0 South Korea, Greece 2-2 Argentina).
The situation is clear for Nigeria: They must beat South Korea in Durban and see group leaders Argentina defeat Greece in Polokwane. That will guarantee their progression and they would become the first team to qualify after losing their first two group games.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the conclusion of Group B. Both Nigeria and South Korea can still qualify, so expect some twists and turns ahead of us.
Join us at 1830 GMT to see if either Nigeria or South Korea can claim a place in the World Cup second round.
Nigeria midfielder Sani Kaita has revealed that he received death threats after being sent-off against Greece.