Seven players eligible for the Hyundai Best Young Player Award could have featured on Day 2 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. And although Argentinian Javier Pastore, Sotiris Ninis of Greece and Korea Republic's Kim Bo-Kyung were confined to the bench, and another Korean, Lee Seung-Yeoul, had little time to impress, a trio of young guns did feature. FIFA.com looks at how they fared.
Ki Sung-Yueng: The Celtic midfielder may not have headlined Korea Republic's 2-0 victory over Greece – a distinction that belonged to Park Ji-Sung – but he nevertheless produced a competent display. Ki completed 34 of 44 attempted passes, and covered plenty of ground until his 74th-minute withdrawal. The 21-year-old’s best moment came after seven minutes, when his pinpoint free-kick from near the corner flag set up Lee Jung-Soo's volleyed opener.
Lukman Haruna: The holding midfielder faced a baptism of fire against Argentina's attacking wizards and although he was deceived by Lionel Messi on a couple of occasions, and collected a yellow card in Nigeria's 1-0 defeat, the Monaco player can nevertheless reflect on some positives: reading of the game that belied his inexperience, a fine tackle on an advancing Angel Di Maria, and good delivery from his set-pieces.
Jozy Altidore: The muscular striker was heavily involved in USA's 1-1 draw with England, the country where he spent last term on loan at Hull City. On 20 minutes he outjumped his marker inside the six-yard box to meet a Landon Donovan cross, but headed wide when he should have scored. Altidore got himself in another good position 12 minutes later, only to drag his shot wide from the edge of the box. The 20-year-old created another chance for himself midway through the second half when, after collecting possession on the left touchline, he brushed past Jamie Carragher and sprinted towards goal, before his ensuing shot was pushed on to the post by Robert Green. Overall he can be pleased with how he employed power and pace to trouble England, if dissatisfied with some limp finishing.