South Korea 2 Algeria 4: Player ratings as Yacine Brahimi shines

South Korea 2 Algeria 4: Player ratings as Yacine Brahimi sparkles in Port Alegre victory

By Arandeep Dhillon
South Korea
2
Algeria
4

South Korea

Jung Sung-Ryong Caught in no man’s land for Algeria’s second and to his downfall, lacked any communication with his back-line throughout. 4/10

Lee Yong Started the match fairly impressively but once his side were behind, the full-back quickly faded out of the match. 4

Hong Jeong-Ho Catastrophic positioning for the opening goal of the match and never recovered as he looked, but failed, to make amends. 4

Kim Young-Gwon Like his fellow centre-back, the 24-year-old struggled from the first whistle and must also take some of the blame for Algeria’s free scoring. 4

Yun Suk-Young Looked unrecognisable an impressive performance against Russa and restricted himself from charging up the field to aid in attack. 4

Han Kook-Young Tried to keep things tight but did little to offer South Korea’s defensive line a wall of protection. 5

Lee Chung-Yong Although composed on the ball, his main duty was to assist Han in the midfield, yet he failed to make the middle of the field his territory. 5

Ki Sung-Yueng Again showed his Premier League class and almost scored with a scorching effort from 30 yards. 6

Park Chu-Young Gave his all was the liveliest of South Korea’s attack, although he tired significantly as the match wore on. 6

Koo Ja-Cheol Sloppy in possession for the most part, though he persisted and managed to snatch a goal with his fine reading of the play. 6

Son Heung-Min Lacked service in the first half but showed his talent with a goal early in the second half to give his team hope of an unthinkable comeback. 6

Substitutes

Kim Shin-Wook Failed to make things happen. 5

Lee Keun-Ho Blazed over his only chance after entering the field. 5

Ji Dongwon Lacked composure or vision on the ball. 5

Algeria

Rais M’Bolhi A spectator for the first half but earned his credentials with a string of fine saves after the interval. 6

Aissa Mandi Strived to get up the park all evening and should have had an assist to his name after he dug out a fine cross to Slimani early on. 6

Carl Medjani Commanding performance from the versatile defender who was tipped for big things in his early days. 6

Madjid Bougherra At fault for South Korea’s opener but the former Rangers man more than played his part, including a key block to deny Son. 5

Rafik Halliche Brave header gave Jung no chance and double Algeria’s lead. Could have had another, only to narrowly miss the target. 6

Djamel Mesbah Held his own on the left side and was a pivotal part of keeping the Taegeuk Warriors at bay when they seeked more goals late on. 6

Sofiane Feghouli Always made himself an option out wide as the side continued to stretch the South Koreans. 5

Yacine Brahimi (man of the match) Covered every blade of grass of the Estadio Beira-Rio turf, in a performance capped off by a wonderful goal following impressive link-up play. 8

Abdelmoumene Djabou Provided much-needed balance in the middle and kept calm to side-foot the ball past Jung and get on the scoresheet. 7

Nabil Bentaleb The game passed him by in parts but he showed his elegance with stints of magic in the danger areas. 5

Islam Slimani Should have scored early on, however the frontman persisted and got his just rewards, along with an assist in a superb performance. 7

Substitutes

Nabil Ghilas Made his presence known and should have scored when he headed over from 10 yards out. 6

Medhi Lacen Added surety to the team late on. 5

Esseid Belkalem N/A

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