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Switzerland 2-0 South Korea
Friday, 23 June 2006

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P Senderos 23
A Frei 77

South Korea


P Senderos 43yellow card
H Yakin 55yellow card
R Wicky 69yellow card
C Spycher 82yellow card
J Djourou 90yellow card


C Park 23yellow card
J Kim 37yellow card
J Choi 78yellow card
C Lee 80yellow card



51% 49%

Shots on target

5 7

Shots off target

6 9


8 6


7 19


  • 01 P Zuberbuhler
  • 17 C Spycher yellow card
  • 04 P Senderos yellow card (53 J Djourou yellow card )
  • 23 P Degen
  • 20 P Muller
  • 08 R Wicky yellow card (88 V Behrami )
  • 06 J Vogel
  • 22 H Yakin yellow card (70 X Margairaz )
  • 07 R Cabanas
  • 16 T Barnetta
  • 09 A Frei


  • 19 V Behrami,
  • 12 D Benaglio,
  • 21 F Coltorti,
  • 14 D Degen,
  • 02 J Djourou,
  • 15 B Dzemaili,
  • 13 S Grichting,
  • 10 D Gygax,
  • 18 M Lustrinelli,
  • 03 L Magnin,
  • 05 X Margairaz,
  • 11 M Streller

South Korea

  • 01 W Lee
  • 12 Y Lee (62 J Ahn )
  • 04 J Choi yellow card
  • 06 J Kim yellow card
  • 03 D Kim
  • 17 H Lee
  • 05 N Kim
  • 07 J Park
  • 10 C Park yellow card (65 K Seol )
  • 14 C Lee yellow card
  • 19 J Cho


  • 09 J Ahn,
  • 15 J Baek,
  • 23 W Cho,
  • 16 K Chung,
  • 08 D Kim,
  • 18 S Kim,
  • 20 Y Kim,
  • 21 Y Kim,
  • 13 E Lee,
  • 11 K Seol,
  • 22 C Song

Ref: Horacio Marcelo Elizondo
Att: 43000


FULL-TIME: Time has run out for South Korea's World Cup hopes, but the Swiss roll on as winners of Group G with a relatively comfortable win by Jakob Kuhn's talented young side, who go on to face Ukraine.

90+1 mins: The South Korea fans have finally gone quiet, while the Swiss fans have got the flags out in the AWD Arena.

90 mins: Four minutes of injury time in Hanover.

89 mins: With a minute to go South Korea need three late goals against a side yet to concede in this tournament. I'm going to stick my neck out and say we are about to say goodbye to the side that finished fourth in 2002.

88 mins: The Swiss waste a few more valuable seconds by replacing Raphael Wicky with Valon Behrami.

86 mins: Jung-Hwan Ahn turns and shoots low down, but Pascal Zuberbuhler, who had some nervy moments early on, again saves comfortably.

83 mins: South Korea do not know the meaning of quit. They go close to a late goal when Jin-Kyu Kim's shot is deflected on to the bar by Pascal Zuberbuhler.

81 mins: Christoph Spycher earns a booking for some tugging in the box.

77 mins: GOAL Switzerland 2-0 South Korea
High drama in Hanover as the Swiss double their lead. Xavier Margairaz plays a ball through for Alexander Frei, who runs in on goal to score. The linesman's flag goes straight up when the pass is made but the referee rightly says Margairaz's pass had come off a defender. The South Korean players, who had stopped when the linesman had flagged, are furious.

75 mins: Dick Advocaat, who led Holland to the quarter-finals in 1994, is off his bench and lambastes the referee. Things are getting tense down there as the big man's side edge nearer to the exit door.

73 mins: Xavier Margairaz is straight into the action as he sets up Alexander Frei, but for once his deadly striking skills let him down and his miscontrol allows South Korea to get back.

70 mins: The Swiss fans - who have been largely drowned out by the red sea of South Korean fans - give a standing ovation to Hakan Yakin as he is replaced by Xavier Margairaz. A defensive move by the Swiss - no surprise there at this stage of the game.

69 mins: Raphael Wicky earns a yellow card for a high foot on Chun-Soo Lee.

67 mins: South Korea have had 53% of the possession but little to show for it.

65 mins: A brief glimpse of a goal for South Korea when Jin-Chul Choi gets up well to win a header, but his downward effort is tipped over comfortably by Pascal Zuberbuhler.

63 mins: As much as South Korea try the Swiss look more likely scorers at the moment and Alexander Frei smacks a shot from out wide against the woodwork.

62 mins: South Korea bring on crowd favourite Jung-Hwan Ahn for Young-Pyo Lee. A positive move, and boy do they need some positive action now.

60 mins: Oh oh. Thierry Henry has struck for France. That could be a dagger blow to the hopes of South Korea, who need two goals.

58 mins: As South Korea pour forward their are gaps opening up at the back and the brilliantly-named Tranquillo Barnetta finds space to drill in a cross that just escapes Alexander Frei.

55 mins: News filters in from Cologne that France have taken the lead through Patrick Vieira. South Korea now need an equaliser or Dick Advocaat's side and their merry band of noisy fans will be heading home.

54 mins: Hakan Yakin tries to control the ball with his arm and our Argentina official Horacio Marcelo Elizondo points out that even he isn't allowed to do that. His reward is to become the first Swiss player to be cautioned.

52 mins: Philippe Senderos is off but Arsenal retain their interest in Hanover as he is replaced by Gunners team-mate Johan Djourou.

51 mins: Philippe Senderos' night could be over. After shrugging off a cut nose he seems to have been delivered a knock-out blow in the form of an arm injury. He falls badly and goes straight down the tunnel.

49 mins: Whatever Dick Advocaat did actually say at half-time seems to have worked. The South Koreans are at their busy best, probing in and around the edge of the Swiss box. Philippe Senderos and his Swiss wall are not making it easy for them though.

46 mins: Ho Lee shoots over the bar seconds after the restart.

2101 BST: The South Korea players are back on the pitch. If Dick Advocaat needed any help with his half-time team talk he could have mentioned that they have been 1-0 behind in both games so far and come behind. Too late now I guess, sorry Dick.

RATER POLL: At half-time 56% of voters think Switzerland and South Korea will qualify from Group G.

"Switzerland have edged it and they have a very organised style of playing. But the key thing from the half has been Hakan Yakin's set-pieces. He has made the difference this half."
Gavin Peacock, BBC Three

"The Swiss controlled the majority of the first half and were a big threat from set-pieces. South Korea were unable to cope but had a decent spell in the 10 minutes before half-time."
Matt Holland, BBC Five Live Sports Extra

HALF-TIME: The Swiss hold all the cards with a 1-0 lead and are on course to top the group thanks to Philippe Senderos' header. But there is good news from Cologne where France are being held by Togo. All things being the same at full-time and South Korea would join the Swiss in going through.

46 mins: A let-off for the South Koreans as Alexander Frei is left alone in front of goal but his weak header flashes narrowly wide.

44 mins: South Korea's bets chance of the half falls to Chun-Soo Lee, but Pascal Zuberbuhler produces the save of the match to palm it away for a corner.

43 mins: Not a minute to remember for hero of the hour Philippe Senderos. He loses the ball to Jae-Jin Cho, fouls him and earns himself a booking. The referee rubs salt into his wounds - not literally - by telling him to go off the field as his nose starts to bleed again.

42 mins: For once there is drama in the opposing penalty area as South Korea threaten and Pascal Zuberbuhler spills the ball. A huge let-off for the Swiss.

40 mins: The Swiss have unleashed their secret weapon tonight in Hakan Yakin. Finally given a start Yakin is running the show and nearly doubles the Swiss lead with a shot that deflects off Dong-Jin Kim and is just wide.

37 mins: The Swiss nearly make South Korea pay for another indiscretion when Hakan Yakin goes for goal with the free-kick and Woon-Jae Lee does well to punch it out.

36 mins: Jin-Kyu Kim goes in late on Ricardo Cabanas and joins Chu-Young Park on a yellow card.

33 mins: Hakan Yakin's set-pieces are causing the little South Koreans all kinds of problems and an inswinging free-kick threatens before Woon-Jae Lee comes out to bail out his defence and claim.

27 mins: The big man is back for the Swiss - after getting patched up by his corner man, Philippe Senderos returns to the field.

24 mins: It is not all good news for Philippe Senderos as he is forced to get treatment after suffering a facial injury clashing heads with Jin-Chul Choi in heading the Swiss ahead. Jin-Chul Choi needs treatment as well but soon returns.

22 mins: GOAL Switzerland 1-0 South Korea
Make that 18 in 23 as Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos shows desire and bravery to get up to meet a Hakan Yakin free-kick and powerfully head the Swiss into a 1-0 lead.

21 mins: Chu-Young Park becomes the first player in Horacio Marcelo Elizondo's notebook for a needless foul.

19 mins: South Korea have conceded the first goal in 17 of their 22 previous World Cup games. It is hard to see why when they get this kind of support - who said it was worth a goal start?

18 mins: Alexander Frei is occupying a lone striker role but he is proving problematic for the South Korea backline.

16 mins: Alexander Frei gets another sniff of goal and doesn't think twice about having a pop. His 25-yard effort is easy for Woon-Jae Lee.

13 mins: After a lung-bursting opening 10 minutes things have settled down - giving the rather vociferous South Korean fans a chance to draw breath.

9 mins: Tranquillo Barnetta looks to be through on goal before Jin-Chul Choi comes to the rescue for South Korea.

8 mins: Swiss dangerman Alexander Frei threatens at one end and then immediately Ji-sung Park drives a shot in at the other end.

6 mins: The early stages suggests this could be a ding-dong, end-to-end battle and Hakan Yakin is just beaten to the ball in the area.

3 mins: South Korea are the first to threaten goal with Chun-Soo Lee getting behind the defence and drilling the ball across the face of the goal, but he is without support.

2000 BST: The first ever game between South Korea and Switzerland gets under way bang on time in Hanover. The Swiss will no doubt be particularly impressed with the Germans' timekeeping.


1956 BST: The teams are on the pitch for the national anthems. It is an electric atmosphere in the ground, formerly known as the Niedersachsenstadion but now simply called the AWD Arena.

1953 BST: The teams are lined up in the tunnel. There is some serious chewing of gum and biting of nails going on by the South Korea side. Nervous times indeed for Dick Advocaat's side.

1944 BST: While Switzerland and South Korea can each decide their own fate tonight, they will also be keeping an eye on developments in Cologne where France play Togo. If the mis-firing French slip up and fail to win then the Swiss and South Korea will be home and dry no matter what happens.

1936 BST: Earlier today Spain and Ukraine eased through to the second round and those teams lie in wait for the two qualifiers from Group G.

1933 BST: The team news gives us a hint as to how this game could go: Switzerland know a point will see them through to the next stage, while South Korea need a win to be sure of joining the big boys in the business end of the tournament.

1927 BST: South Korea coach Dick Advocaat also makes two changes from the team who drew 1-1 with France.

Youngster Park Chu-young replaces for Lee Eul-yong in an attacking 4-3-3 line-up, with Kim Jin-kyu getting the nod over Kim Young-chul in defence.

1921 BST: Switzerland boss Jakob Kuhn makes two changes to the side that beat Togo. Hakan Yakin and Christoph Spycher come in for Ludovic Magnin and the injured Daniel Gygax.

It is Yakin's first start in over nine months, with Gygax failing to recover fully from a stomach muscle injury. Spycher's selection suggests the Swiss could be playing it safe.


Switzerland: Zuberbuhler, Spycher, Senderos, Philipp Degen, Muller, Wicky, Vogel, Yakin, Cabanas, Barnetta, Frei. Subs: Behrami, Benaglio, Coltorti, David Degen, Djourou, Dzemaili, Grichting, Gygax, Lustrinelli, Magnin, Margairaz, Streller.

South Korea: Woon-Jae Lee, Young-Pyo Lee, Choi, Jin-Kyu Kim, Dong-Jin Kim, Ho Lee, Nam-Il Kim, Ji-Sung Park, Chu-Young Park, Chun-Soo Lee, Jae-Jin Cho. Subs: Ahn, Baek, Won-hee Cho, Chung, Do-Heon Kim, Sang-Sik Kim, Yong-Dae Kim, Young-Kwang Kim, Eul-Yong Lee, Seol, Song.

Referee: Horacio Marcelo Elizondo (Argentina)

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