Spain make it two in two at the expense of South Korea

3rd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Spain geared up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup by winning their second successive international, recording a 1-0 win over South Korea. The Koreans were aiming to avoid succumbing to their second defeat on the spin but despite putting up some stern resistance against the reigning European champions, Huh Jung-Moo’s men came up short once again as their preparations hit a divot while Spain’s continue to build up winning momentum ahead of the finals.

Vicente Del Bosque opted to hand some of his fringe players the chance to shine from the off in a bid to get the entire squad fit, healthy and up to scratch before Spain’s first World Cup encounter against Switzerland on June 16th in Durban. Pepe Reina, who only today found out his club manager had been sacked at Liverpool, started in goal while Javi Martinez, Juan Mata, Jesus Navas, Fernando Llrorente and Barcelona-bound Cesc Fabregas also named in the starting eleven. To be honest, it was easy to spot that Del Bosque had made a number of changes as Spain’s play in the opening half-an-hour or so wasn’t it’s fluid self, nor were the chances raining down on Lee’s goal. In fact, it was South Korea who should have gone in at the break with a first-half lead were it not for some reaction saves from the Liverpool keeper, Reina.

 

At the break, with Del Bosque noticing the need for some fresh impotence, David Villa and Iniesta were among those introduced for the second half in a bid to speed up Spain’s attacking play. It did work to an extent, with Spain enjoying large periods of possession but without really putting the Korean goal under any great deal of pressure. Villa, however, really should of scored with 15 minutes to go, slicing wide when it was easier to score. The game was seemingly petering out into a stalemate unless someone popped up with something special. There were enough stars on the pitch for this to happen but when it did few would have predicted the hero. Jesus Navas, a dangerous winger for his club Seville but not so prominently featuring for Spain in recent years, put his name well and truly into the starting equation for the game against Switzerland on June 16th with a magnificent strike from 25 yards out, curling a delicious shot into the top right-hand corner of Lee’s goal. 

Spain’s goal, what proved to be the winner, came with just four minutes to go and in typical Spanish fashion. ‘La Furia Roja’ closed the game out in a comfortable manner by simply passing South Korea to death. This may have been merely a friendly, with nothing at all at stake for either side, but it could prove pivotal come the finals as it leaves Spain riding high on euphoria after two successive wins and South Korea dwelling on two near-misses, two defeats on the bounce for coach Jung-Moo to digest.

 

Goal(s): J. Navas

World-Cup-Betting MOTM: J. Navas




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