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WC 2006 Match Chat: Korea vs. Togo, 6 am PT
2006-06-13 04:00
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Frankfurt!

The Reds face the Sparrowhawks, or if you prefer, Les Eperviers.

Korea (South version) has been Asia's most popular representative in the World Cup. This is their seventh trip to the World Cup. But it wasn't until they co-hosted the tournament in 2002 that the Koreans ever won a match, making it all the way to the semifinals last year before losing to Germany.

Togo is appearing in the World Cup for the first time and has had a turbulent week.

2006-06-13 06:12:37
1.   Bob Timmermann
So why did the Korean baseball team wearing blue in the WBC, but the soccer team wears red?
2006-06-13 06:23:58
2.   Bob Timmermann
And Otto Pfister is on the job!
2006-06-13 06:33:49
3.   Bob Timmermann
Togo, apparently better than the USA.
2006-06-13 07:05:59
4.   Shaun P
BBC World Service says the Togolese capital is pleasantly surprised by their lead. I can only imagine the partying if they hold on.
2006-06-13 07:28:37
5.   Sam DC
The Guardian has a sharp wry chap liveblogging the matches. Here's Togo/Korea.

Sample: "52 mins: South Korea 1-1 Togo The Koreans administer the maximum punishment: Chun-Soo, whose corners have been abysmal, bends a beautiful free-kick over the wall and into the net. "That's a really, really good goal," exclaims the Beeb's inspired comentator."

2006-06-13 07:32:23
6.   Bob Timmermann
Looks like there may be no joy in Lome tonight.
2006-06-13 07:43:03
7.   Shaun P
6 I'm not a soccer fan, but all these underdog stories have caught my attention. At least Togo managed to score a goal.
2006-06-13 07:46:11
8.   Bob Timmermann
There are underdog stories, but don't get too attached to any of them. The big boys almost always win.
2006-06-13 09:07:04
9.   Kayaker7
Very credible performances for both. Too bad Togo had to contend with the coaching mess. Even a man down, they still looked dangerous moving forward. Korea's coach was fired midway through WC98 and then went on to salvage a point against Belgium, so the influence of coaches may be overrated.

Korea can be happy about finally winning a WC match outside of Asia. Two beautiful strikes.

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