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FIFA World Cup: Russia, South Korea play out untidy draw

Russia's Alexander Kerzhakov (11) celebrates after scoring a goal against South Korea (Source: Reuters) Russia's Alexander Kerzhakov (11) celebrates after scoring a goal against South Korea (Source: Reuters)
Reuters | Cuiaba | Posted: June 18, 2014 6:42 am | Updated: June 18, 2014 10:10 am

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Samedov found the angle too tight in the 20th minute and shot wide but on the half-hour when he was fouled 25 metres out by Ki Sung-yueng, who was booked, keeper Jung managed to beat away centre back Sergey Ignashevich’s powerful free kick.

South Korea captain Koo had a shot deflected just wide of the post off the leg of his opposite number Vasili Berezutskiy for a corner in the closing minutes of the first half.

The goalkeepers were called more into action in the second period, Jung having to tip a Victor Faizulin shot over the bar almost from the restart.

At the other end, the experienced Akinfeev was equal to everything the Koreans threw at him, notably a bullet of a free kick from central defender Kim Young-gwon, but he fumbled the apparently easier shot he had to take from Lee.

Both sides, who at this stage look set to fight over second place, went all out for a win in the dying stages with Samedov ballooning a Russian chance high into the air after the ball had crossed the Korean box.

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