Korea Republic kept their Egypt 2009 hopes alive by coming from behind to claim a thoroughly deserved 1-1 draw with Germany in Suez. The European champions remain on top of Group C, for now at least, but all that could change if Cameroon see off USA in the section's later kick-off.
The South Koreans knew that a win would breathe fresh life into their faltering campaign and started positively, monopolising possession and pinning the Germans back in their own half. They very nearly claimed an early lead too, with Park Hee-Seong beating Ron-Robert Zieler with a powerful header only to look on in agony as the ball bounced off the top of the crossbar and over.
It took 25 minutes for Germany to threaten at the other end, when Richard Sukuta-Pasu slid in at the back post and only just missed out as the ball flashed across the face of goal. The big No9 is making quite an impression in Egypt and eight minutes later he gave Germany the lead. Picking up the ball on the edge of the area, the Bayer Leverkusen striker showed some nifty footwork to shuffle away from from Kim Young-Gwon before drilling a low left-foot shot across the keeper and into the far corner of the net.
The European champions finished the first half on top but found themselves on the back foot once again following the restart. Indeed, Korea Republic should have been level inside seven minutes, when the unmarked Park fired straight at Zieler from 14 yards when a shot to either side of the keeper would surely have yielded a goal.
Undeterred, the Taeguk Warriors continued to press forward as the match wore on and finally got their reward with 19 minutes remaining. Min Woo-Kim somehow wriggled his way through the German rearguard, profiting from some calamitous defending along the way, before wrong-footing the keeper with a low left-foot shot.