Russia 1-1 South Korea: Capello gets opening draw

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Ex-England manager Fabio Capello drew 1-1 with South Korea, during which Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made a terrible mistake for Korea's goal.

Despite these two countries being the last ones to play in the tournament, the first half was a slow burner.

Few chances were created by both sides as they looked to cancel each other out and ensure they didn’t lose, like Algeria did earlier in the day to Belgium in the same group.

The second half started much the same, with many players finding long shots the best opportunity to break the deadlock. Despite that, both the goalkeepers looked dodgy from these long shots as they were parrying the ball away without any authority.

Then the goalkeepers’ nervousness proved costly after 68 minutes with Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev making a costly error. A 25-yard shot from Lee Keun-ho was straight at Akinfeev, but the keeper let it slip through his hands and into the net, a terrible mistake.

Strangely though, that mistake encouraged Russia to play, and they equalised just six minutes later through substitute Aleksandr Kerzhakov. A scruffy goal that Kerzhakov tapped in from close range that made him joint top as Russia’s all-time top Goalscorers with 26.

With both teams looking to find the winner, neither was able to do so and Kerzhakov’s equaliser saved Akinfeev from his terrible mistake and earn Russia a point in their first match in Group H.

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