Nigeria 2-2 South Korea


Lars Lagerback has made FIVE changes to the side that lost against Greece, with skipper Nwankwo Kanu, midfielder Yusuf Ayila and defender Rabiu Afolabi all getting their first starts.

In case you didnt know--and I seriously doubt that--here is the situation: Nigeria have to win, and hope that Argentina beat Greece. If both those two things happen, the Super Eagles go through.

Anything else, and they are heading back home.

Its that simple.

Here's that lineup Nigeria 1. Enyeama 2. Yobo 4. Kanu (c) 5. Afolabi 6. Shittu 8. Ayegbeni 12. Uche 13. Ayila 17. Odiah 19. Obasi 20. Etuhu

South Korea 18. Jung Sung Ryong 4. Cho Yong Hyung 7. Park Ji Sung (c) 8. Kim jung Woo 10. Park Chu Young 12. Lee Young Pyo 14. Lee Jung Soo 16. Ki Sung Yeung 17. Lee Chung Yong 19. Yeom Ki Hun 22. Cha Du Ri

Both teams are done with their warm-ups and its back to the dressing room ready for the big game.

Park Ji Sung got the biggest cheer when thenames were read out by the announcer

Monaco teammates Park Chu Young and Haruna Lukman embrace each other and share a word in the tunnel.

And out they come. The Nigeria flag gets a huuuuuge cheer as it leads the way.

Now, its the players' turn. Kanu with a look of steely determination on his face as he leads his troops out to the accompaniement of the FIFA Anthem.

Vuvuzelas blare out and cameras flash all around the stadium. What an atmosphere.

Pre-match formalities are next, starting with the Nigeria national anthem.

1 min And Korea get us underway

2 min Danger for Nigeria already. Afolabi gives theball away, its picked up by Park, who threads it out wide to Lee. He cuts inside Aolabi and snakes a good ball for  Yeom, but he cant get it on target, collides with Enyeama and has to be stretchered off.

7 min Kanu works out a good opening and plays Yakubu through. he is surrounded by three Koreans and loses the ball.

9 min Bad break for Nigeria. Shittu goes down to head a ball back to Enyeama, lands awkwardly and looks like he will be going off.  Adeleye and Echiejile warming up on the sidelines.

10 min FGood news. He's back on.

12 min GOAL: Nigeria 1-0 Korea Odiah does brilliantly down the right side and delivers a fantastic ball into the box that Kalu Uche does well to get in front of Cha Du Ri to prod home.

22 min Ayila wins a freekick on the edge of the Korean area, but Kalu's delivery is high and wayward. And when Korea come forward, the ball breaks for Yakubu, who sets up Obasi on the right side. The Hoffenheim man shoots wide with a box full of Nigerian players waiting for the cross

24 min Ayila goes down in the centre under the challenge of Park, but ref allows play to go on. Replays shows the Korean hit the Nigerian. Over in Johannesburg,  it is still Argentina 0-0 Greece. As things stand, it is the Greeks who go through.

30 min Fine passage of play by Nigeria and Obasi does well to turn his way into the box, but once again, shoot at the goalkeeper when he had options in the middle. Korea then create a bit of danger themselves. Enyeama comes out to tussle with Park and gets a booking, and a freekick to Korea for his trouble

34 min Etuhu dwells on the balla nd gives away another freekick on the right channel, but Korea are wasteful

36 min That should have been two. Obasi and Kanu play Kalu in, and his shot beats the goalkeeper, but not the upright.

38 min GOAL: Nigeria 1-1 Korea Obasi gives away a freekeick on the right side, and Lee Jung Soo steals behind a sleeping Rabiu Afolabi to poke home. Korea are going through as it stands

41 min Another freekick, this time, its given away by Ayila, who gets a booking. Comes to nought.

44 min The Koreans are targetting that left back position manned by Afolabi, and so far, they have got plenty of joy from it, including the goal HALF TIME Nigeria 1-1 South Korea Its been an absorbing encounter, with both sides playing quick games. Nigeria have had the better chances and should have been two goals. SECOND HALF 46 min Joseph Yobo is off and in his placve comes Uwa Echiejile. Afolabi moves into centreback, and Uwa goes to left back.

49 min GOAL: Nigeria 1-2 Korea Shittu and Afolabi combine to give away a freekick right on the angle of the box. Parck Chu Young curls it past Enyeama and into the net. Nigeria now need to score 2 goals to have any chance.

58 min Nwankwo Kanu goes off to applause and the drones of vuvuzelas. Is this his lastgame for Nigeria? Obafemi Martins comes on

59 min Yak is put through by Obasi's industry, but takes on touch too many and allows the recovering defender to clear from behind him

63 min Enyeama to Nigeria's rescue. A searching abll evades Odiah and is put into the box for Chu Young. But he is foiled at point blank range by Enyeama Korea make a change. Yeom ki Hun goes off for Kim Nam Il

65 min Ayila gives away a freekick. Again. And is lucky not to get a second yellow.

67 min WHAT. A MISS! Yakubu will never live that down. Uche combines with Yusuf Ayila and the Kiev man puts it on a plate for Yak. He just taps it wide of an open net.

68 min PENALTY Obasi drives into the box, and is brought down by the substituite. Penalty Yak steps up. cCan he redeem himself

69 min GOAL: Nigeria 2-2 Korea Yes he does. And its as simple as they come. He sends the goalkeeper the wrong way. Game on.

71 min And that was Yakubu's final contribution. He is taken off for Obinna Nsofor. Whew! That was close. Great cross from Cha Du Ri and Shittu almost skews the clearance beyond Enyeama and into the net.

In Johannesburg, it is still Argentina 0-0 Greece. So Nigeria are heading out even if they win here.

75 min Obasi twists his way past Cha Du Ri, but delievers a poor cross and then collapses in pain. Thankfully, he's back up again and can continue. That would have been a disaster as Nigeria have made their three substitutions

76 min Enyeama has to come up with another big save. His defence again allowing way too much space on his right channel

77 min Demichelis has just scored for Argentina. And then Martins misses a big chance to win it for Nigeria. Scoops his ball overthe keeper when clean through.

87 min Nigeeria pushing for the one goal that will take them through to the second round. But the Koreans are doing their best to kill time 90 min Obinna Nsofor takes a shot att goal, but  its wide. Theer will be three minutes of additional time to be played. Can Nigeria find a goal? Its kitchen sink time.

FULL TIME Nigeria 2-2 Korea And the Super Eagles are out of the World Cup. Korea go through