There were shades of the 2002 FIFA World Cup at Montreal's
Olympic Stadium on Saturday as the vociferous, largely-Korean crowd
saw their heroes record a 1-1 draw with the USA.
The Taeguk Warriors started brightest, with lively forwards Young Rok Shin and Sang Ho Lee combining well with the technically-gifted Young Sun Shim to cause the lacklustre Americans all sorts of problems. Only their finishing let them down and they were made to pay when the USA's Danny Szetela scored from his team's first attack, latching on to Sal Zizzo's pass with 16 minutes gone.
Despite the blow, the Koreans refused to let their heads drop and came back strongly. A fine move in the 38th minute ended with Shim threading a ball through to Shin and this time there was an end product. The stadium erupted as the equaliser went in and Dong Hyun Cho's men picked up the pace as they went in search of the winner. Their domination was total, but Shim, Shin and Tae Goon Ha all spurned excellent chances, leaving both Korea Republic and the USA in need of wins when they take on Brazil and Poland respectively on 3 July.