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The Cup Running Over


June 11, 2010 7:55 AM

Group B: South Korea v. Greece Preview

To be blunt, one of the more boring match ups of the group stage. There will be a lot of running, a lot of pushing, and very few chances. The South Koreans will be looking to their talismanic captain, Park Ji-Sung, to carry the team to victory through his solid wing play, and his pace could give an aging Greek backline trouble.
 
Greece, as usual, will play extremely defensively, and look to score exclusively on set-pieces. The good news for Greece is that their striker, Theofanis Gekas, was the top scorer throughout European qualification. The bad news is that six of his goals came against Latvia, and a further two against Luxembourg. South Korea's defense, while hardly brilliant, will pose a harder challenge. Greece will look to press home its height advantage over a physically small Korean side, and if they score, it will likely come from a free-kick, probably from the right, much the same as the majority of their goals in Euro 2004. This will be a low-scoring game, and probably one for the TIVO.

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