2014 WORLD CUP SOCCER
Kickoff: Sunday, 3:00 p.m. EDT
Estadio Beira-Rio – Porto Alegre, Brazil
South Korea +120, Algeria +225, Tie +240
Over/Under: 2.5 Goals (Over +125, Under -153)
Two teams desperate for a win will clash on Sunday afternoon when Group H play continues with South Korea facing underdog Algeria.
Neither team was able to win its World Cup opener, as Algeria fell 2-1 to a heavily-favored Belgium squad, while South Korea earned a 1-1 tie with Russia. Both teams still have a chance to reach the Round of 16, and a win on Sunday will go a long way in getting to that knockout round. But the Taeguk Warriors will still be missing midfielder Ha Dae-sung due to ligament damage in his left foot.
South Korea held the possession advantage against Russia (52% to 48%), but was outshot 16-10 by their opponent, including 10-6 in shots on goal. Corner kicks were an even 4-4, and the Taeguk Warriors were very disciplined with zero offsides calls and just seven fouls committed, compared to Russia's 15 fouls. However, South Korea picked up three yellow cards with forward Son Heung-min and midfielders Ki Sung-yueng and Koo Ja-Cheol all getting booked. Should any of this trio get another yellow card on Sunday, he would be unable to play in the final game of the group stage. South Korea knows it will get some counter-attack chances when Algeria pushes forward, but this game should not see more than two goals total.
Algeria failed to score a goal in the entire 2010 World Cup, but it took the club only 25 minutes to tally against Belgium with Sofiane Feghouli's penalty kick. However, the team had zero shots on goal the rest of the match and finished with only three total shots. In contrast, Belgium took 16 shots (10 on goal) and two scores coming at 70 minutes and 80 minutes. Algeria was also dominated in possession (65% to 35%), and both clubs were quite physical on their challenges with Algeria whistled for 18 fouls while Belgium was called for 20 fouls.