Yesterday David took on Goliath with Brazil playing DPR Korea. I think DPR Korea are my favourite team after England. I mean I’d like an African team to win/do well this time and break the monotony of Germany, France, Brazil, Italy and Argentina but being British we love the underdog and seeing some of DPRKorea’s training has been amazing:
Here’s another great match report from our man on the ground Adam in South Africa:
BRAZIL VS KOREA DPR
Ellis Park (15 June)
Temperatures reached zero as we sat perched up high looking down on the intriguing game taking place on the field below. Dressed up like snowman we watched Korea put up a courageous fight against the tournament favourites. Vuvuzelas were blown in an attempt to keep the body warm. Prior to the game the loud and colourful hordes of Brazilian fans who packed into Ellis Park on one of the coldest nights I can remember, were confident that we would witness lots of goals. But that was not to be as Korea put up one of the bravest displays I had ever seen .It was a fantastic game to watch!
Our bird’s eye view on the game enabled us to see the North Korean strategy of playing with 5 defenders and 4 midfielders with a lone striker. I reckon 90% of the game was played in the Koreans half but it took some magic by Brazilian number 2, Maicon, to send a great cheer of relief around the packed stadium. After the game my dad joked that his childhood team West-Bromwich Albion, newly promoted to the English Premier League, should sign the Korean back five for their team. The defence was militant and they gave the likes of Kaka and Robinhno precious little space and time to show their magic.
One could only feel a great sense of joy when the Korean team slotted away a consolation goal in the dying minutes of the game. The hundred or so fans that had made the journey from the troubled Asian country waved the red, white and blue flag throughout the game. A tiny block of fans in amongst over 40 000 screaming fanatical Brazilians!
A fascinating game in which David gave Goliath quite a scare.