South Korea 0 Belgium 1: Player ratings as Tottenham trio feature

South Korea 0 Belgium 1: Player ratings as Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli help their side to victory

South Korea
0
Belgium
1

South Korea

Kim Seung-gyu Played it safe by punching on a few occasions. Generally looked an improvement on Jung Sung-ryong who struggled in goal in Korea’s first two games. 6/10

Lee Yong Mostly solid but beaten by Nacer Chadli a couple of times and switched off for the goal. 5

Hong Jeong-ho Struggled with Divock Origi’s pace when the striker came on and increasingly dragged out of position. 5

Kim Young-gwon Dealt well with the threat of Kevin Mirallas, and able to bring the ball out of defence more in the second-half. 6

Yun Suk-young Tenacious performance from the QPR left-back, including a couple of strong challenges. 6

Han Kook-young Struggled with Marouane Fellaini’s physicality and taken off at half-time as South Korea went for the win. 5

Ki Sung-yueng South Korea’s focal point, the Swansea midfielder controlled the midfield with accurate long and short passing. Got a few decent shots off as well. 6

Lee Chung-yong Struggled to impose himself on the game, and too often gave the ball away. 5

Son Heung-min Posed a threat with his pace and quick feet, unfortunate to be leaving the tournament so early. Hit the bar with intended cross before being taken off for the last 15 minutes. 6

Koo Ja-cheol Couldn’t influence the match, and tired towards the end. 5

Kim Shin-wook The 6’5” striker struggled to get into positions to really use his considerable frame, and looked laboured in possession. Taken off after 65 minutss. 5

Substitutes:

Lee Keun-ho Came on at half-time and impressed with his energy and directness, but it was his misplaced pass that led to the goal. 5

Kim Bo-kyung Given last 25 minutes to make a difference, but largely anonymous. 5

Ji Dong-won Did next to nothing in the 15 minutes he was on the pitch. 5

Belgium

Thibaut Courtois Made a couple of decent saves, though was nearly caught out with Heung-min’s cross that hit the bar. Well protected by his resolute defenders. 6

Anthony Vanden Borre Got forward well from right-back in the first-half, then dug in as Belgium defended deeper after the interval. 6

Daniel Van Buyten Won a couple of important headers, and dealt well with the periods of Korean pressure. Marshaled the defenders around him. 6

Nicolas Lombaerts Impressive at the heart of the Belgian defence – kept his position well, and helped restrict the Koreans to long-range efforts. 6

Jan Vertonghen Strong in the tackle and comfortable in possession. Wayward with free-kick attempts but gambled for his goal and was rewarded. 6

Steven Defour Was playing reasonably well until moment of madness, but deserved straight-red made life unnecessarily awkward for his team-mates. 4

Mousa Dembele A few loose touches, and gave the ball away in important areas. Continued the form that saw him lose his place after opening match against Algeria, and booked for persistent fouling. 5

Dries Mertens Looked dangerous with his pace and trickery, though over-elaborated on a few occasions. Missed glorious first-half chance, before being taken off after an hour. 6

Marouane Fellaini Didn’t offer much going forward but put a shift in defensively in the second-half. 6

Adnan Januzaj Hard to find any positives from what was a limp and listless performance. 4

Kevin Mirallas Did his best in less preferred role up front, and went on a couple of darting runs, but ineffective overall. 5

Substitutes:

Nacer Chadli Added pace and directness to the Belgian attack for the half-hour he was given. 6

Divock Origi Came on with Chadli and looked full of confidence – skilful on the ball and always willing to take his man on. Had good shot that was parried into Vertonghen’s path for the goal. 6

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