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We hope you enjoyed the tense affair in Cuiaba as much as we did, and we'll be rounding up the day's action, with quotes, video highlights and social media reaction on our tournament day blog. Boa noite!
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has been elected Man of the Match
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FULL TIME: It's all over in Cuiaba and Fabio Capello begins another World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw that included a glaring goalkeeping error. Igor Akinfeev palmed Lee Keunho's tame shot into the net but he was reprieved by substitute Kerzhakov, who grabbed a real poacher's goal.
Dzagoev plays a smart through ball in to Kokorin, who turns his marker and plays a ball across the six yard box with his left foot. Samedov follows in, but smashes his shot high over the bar.
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After Kokorin's first effort is blocked, the ball drops to Dzagoev who fires a shot from about 25 yards out. The ball fizzes wide.
Kerzhakov's effort means four of today's five World Cup goals so far have been scored by substitutes.
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GOAL! Kerzhakov! The substitute levels things up with a real poacher's effort. After Dzagoev's initial shot is parried, the Russia No11 has a stab at goal which is cleared but rebounds back off Yeschenko. It lands to the feet of Kerzhakov for his 26th goal for Russia.
GOAL! It's come from the substitute but it's a massive error by the experienced Russian goalkeeper Akinfeev. Lee Keunho hits a rather hopeful effort from around 25 yards out and the ball slips through the Russian No1's fingers and drops over the line. The keeper sinks to the floor in despair.
A wonderful whipped ball by Kombarov is claered thanks to a flying punch Jung Sungryoung. The ball comes back in but the Korea Republic keeper is fouled.
Kombarov hits a shot from distance and the Korea Republic goalkeeper gets down to save. He pushes it away and, with no Russian forwards following up, the ball is cleared away to safety.
The free-kick is whipped in and the Augsburg defender sweeps in at the back post. His header is tame though and Akinfeev saves with ease.
Another birthday boy enters the fray. Russia's No10 is 24 today.
CLOSE! Kim Younggwon hits a dipping free-kick at goal and it bounces just in front of Akinfeev, who can't claim the ball cleanly. It bounces out but he claims it just before Han Kookyoung arrives. The No14 hurdles the keeper and collides with the post. He receives treatment, and it looks like he's OK.
Lee Keunho is getting his final orders from Hong Myungbo before entering the fray.
The Bolton Wanderers midfielder looks to connect with Ki's corner, but it floats harmlessly over the bar.
Ki Sungyueng hits an effort from distance which dips just in front of the Russia keeper, who spills the ball out. He claims at the second attempt before the Korea Republic forwards can capitalise.
Koo Jacheol touches the ball out of his feet and hits a swerving shot at goal and Akinfeev is equal to it, with an awkward-looking save that pushes the ball away from danger.
SIDE NETTING! The set-piece is whipped in and the Russia skipper flies in and the net ripples, but it's just wide.
Straight from the kick-off Fayzulin hits a speculative effort from distance. Jung Sungryong tips the ball over when the shot didn't look too troubling, and it'll be a corner.
We're back underway in Cuiaba.
Russia have a considerably better record of winning a World Cup match which is 0-0 at half-time (7 wins out of 13 occassions) than Korea Republic (1 win out of 7).
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HALF TIME: Goalless at the interval, and it's a completely different kind of 0-0 to the game in Fortaleza earlier. The two sides are playing with a sturdy defensive mentality and there have been very few clear-cut opportunities. There have been two goalless draws on the same day of a World Cup just twice before: 7 June 1978 and 25 June 2010, will we be adding 17 June 2014 to that list?
ON THIS DAY IN 1954
Korea Republic played their first World Cup match on 17 June 1954, a 9-0 defeat against Hungary, the joint-worst losing margin in a finals match.
From a long diagonal ball, Park Chuyoung nods down to his strike partner. The No9 opens his body and smashes the ball at goal, but it's wild and flies high over the bar.
DID YOU KNOW?
Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has been involved with CSKA Moscow since he was four-years-old when his dad enrolled him in their sports school. 13 years later, he made his first appearance for the first team in 2003.
Korea Republic's No13 finds space on the edge of the Russian box and hits towards goal. It takes a deflection which wrongfoots Akinfeev, but it's just wide for a corner.
The former Chelsea winger finds some space on the Russian left and hits a pot shot at goal, but it swerves away from goal.
After a poor challenge from Ki Sungyueng, Ignashevich smashes a free-kick from distance and Jung Sungryong pushes it away from danger.
After a decent delivery from the set-piece, Eshchenko's effort is blocked before Kokorin's follow-up misses the target.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY FABIO
In an odd time difference quirk, Russia's manager has turned 68 in his home country, but is still 67 in Brazil.
There's support from all across the world of sport, with a prominent female Russian tennis player backing Capello's boys.
Let's gooooo Russia !!! No sleep tonight just because of you!!! 🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺 @FIFAWorldCup http://t.co/6vTLKWTQQd— Maria Kirilenko (@Maria Kirilenko) 17/06/2014 22:10
The youngest player on the pitch darts past a couple of Russian challenges and fires towards goal, but it's over the bar.
Russia's Alan Dzagoev is celebrating his 24th birthday today, while the Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana turns 39 today.
Russia kick things off in Cuiaba and now all 32 World Cup teams have begun their Brazil 2014 campaigns
And now it's Korea Republic's turn, "Aegukga" playing as the team stands stoicly with their hands over their hearts.
It's the Russian anthem first, "Gosudarstvenny Gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii", which is played with waving flags throughout the Arena Pantanal
And here they come now, with the anthems about to begin.
Both teams are lined up in the tunnel and ready to walk out.
These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.
1 Igor AKINFEEV, 3 Georgy SHCHENNIKOV, 4 Sergey IGNASHEVICH, 14 Vasily BEREZUTSKIY, 23 Dmitry KOMBAROV, 5 Andrey SEMENOV, 7 Igor DENISOV, 8 Denis GLUSHAKOV, 10 Alan DZAGOEV, 9 Alexander KOKORIN, 11 Aleksandr KERZHAKOV
1 JUNG Sungryong, 2 KIM Changsoo, 3 YUN Sukyoung, 4 KWAK Taehwi, 22 PARK Jooho, 7 KIM Bokyung, 13 KOO Jacheol, 16 KI Sungyueng, 17 LEE Chungyong, 9 SON Heungmin, 10 PARK Chuyoung
The Russia squad is the only 23 at Brazil 2014 which is made up entirely of players in their home league: the Russian Premier League.
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"The competition should be ferocious but it will largely come down to how we prepare and how we perform. It is indeed a big year for me, with league and Asian titles to defend for my club and especially with strong opponents to play against in the World Cup. I pray and hope I can continue my good form. I don't fix my sights on results, but I am serious in making progress game after game. I am always hoping to be better tomorrow than today.”
“I don't believe in key players but rather in 'key positions'. Teams are built like a tree. The trunk is a little bit like the central spine, with a good goalkeeper, a good centre-back, a good midfielder and a good striker. The team is built around that base. The captain has to be a leader, someone as important in the dressing room as he is on the pitch – and not just the player who tosses a coin at the start with the referee. If he's not a leader, he's not a captain. Brazil is a fantasy world when it comes to football. Let's hope it will be like that – just fantasy and beautiful football.”
There were almost 2 MILLION mentions of Guillermo Ochoa on Twitter during Brazil-Mexico, according to Twitter Reverb. You can really see where the Ajaccio man made his most outstanding save in this great graphic.
BUNDCHEN BACKING BRAZIL
Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen thinks A Seleção will claim all three points against Cameroon.
"The next one we'll win!"
A próxima a gente ganha! http://t.co/RYfYdGqsGw— Gisele Bündchen (@Gisele Bündchen) 17/06/2014 21:18
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BRAZIL 0-0 MEXICO REPORT
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa earned the Man of the Match honours for an outstanding performance in between the posts at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza that gave El Tri a valuable point in Group A.
FELLAINI THE SUPERSUB
The Manchester United midfielder came on to make a big impact in the day's other game from Group H.
Well done for the first game. Thanks for your support. You are really amazing. Now focus for the second one http://t.co/COL0VBiqdq— Marouane Fellaini (@Marouane Fellaini) 17/06/2014 21:02
Korea Republic are the third Asian team to face Russia in the World Cup after Korea DPR, who lost 3-0 to Soviet Union in 1966, and Japan, who beat the Russians 1-0 in 2002.
HEAD TO HEAD:
The sides’ only previous engagement took place just days before the 2014 World Cup Final Draw. In Dubai on 19 November 2013, Russia ran out 2-1 winners courtesy of goals from Fyodor Smolov and Dmitriy Tarasov, after Kim Shin-Wook had put the Koreans in front.
KOREA REPUBLIC PROFILE
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RUSSIA-KOREA REPUBLIC LINE-UPS
The starting XIs for today's final game have been announced!
#RUS LINE-UP: Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Glushakov, Kokorin, Berezutskiy (c), Shatov, Zhirkov, Samedov, Fayzulin, Eshchenko, Kombarov #RUSKOR— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 17/06/2014 21:00
#KOR LINE-UP: S R Jung, S Y Yun, Y G Kim, H M Son, C Y Park, Y Lee, J C Koo (c), K Y Han, S Y Ki, C Y Lee, J H Hong #RUSKOR #WorldCup— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 17/06/2014 21:00
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Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba