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South Korea primed for progress after breezing past Greece

| 12.06.2010

South Korea demonstrated their World Cup credentials after sweeping Greece aside with a convincing 2-0 win in their first Group B fixture.

South Korea began brightest and their early attacking intent was rewarded when Lee Jung-Soo volleyed in neatly at the back post to open the scoring.

Park Choo-Young had an excellent chance to double the lead, but the Monaco striker was foiled by Greek goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas.

This was only to delay the inevitable, however, as Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung extended South Korea’s advantage with a fine solo goal.

Compact without the ball, and fluidly expansive with it, the 2002 semi-finalists look well set to progress beyond the first group stage.

Greece, in stark contrast, were laboured and seemingly incapable of mounting a serious attack.

Theofanis Gekas mustered a shot on target in the second half, but the Euro 2004 champions appear to be destined for first round elimination.

With Argentina clear 1/3 favourites to win Group B, both sides will be vying with Nigeria for the second qualification spot.

And, judging by their impressive dismissal of Greece, South Korea look likeliest to join Argentina in the round of 16.

Can South Korea shock everyone and even win Group B? They are 4/1 to do so. See the full Group B market.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.