World Cup Finals 2014

Match of the Day Live: Russia v South Korea

Match of the Day Live: Russia v South Korea



Live coverage of the second game in Group H from Cuiaba. With Belgium expected to top the group, the onus is on these two teams to get off to a winning start and stake a claim for second spot. For Russia, progress to the knockout stages would be unprecedented, but they enter the tournament on the back of a stirring qualification campaign which saw them finish ahead of Portugal in their group, conceding just five goals in the process. 

The mastermind behind this parsimonious ascent? Fabio Capello, who has more motivation than most to succeed in Brazil given his torpid campaign at the helm of England four years ago. 

South Korea qualified in more low-key fashion, edging out Uzbekistan on goal difference and they will attempt to hit Russia on the counter-attack. Son Heung-Min is their poster-boy, a talented, roving attacker who joined Bayer Leverkusen from Hamburg for €10 million last summer and has attracted interest from Liverpool and Manchester City. The trouble for South Korea will be locating him in space between the lines, as Russia attempt to keep it nice and tight. Presented by Mark Chapman, with commentary by Steve Wilson and Martin Keown.


Russia v South Korea (Kick-off 11.00pm). Coverage of the opening World Cup Group H match for both teams, as they face each other at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil. Both of these nations came through qualifying at the first time of asking without the need of a play-off match, but were drawn in a tricky group that also contains Belgium and Algeria, who faced each other earlier today. Russia's head coach Fabio Capello was in charge of England for the previous World Cup in South Africa, but having endured a torrid tournament on that occasion will hope his current charges can perform better this time around. This is only the third appearance for Russia at the finals since the split of the USSR, and their first since it was held in Japan and South Korea in 2002, though they are already assured of a place in 2018 as hosts. In contrast, this will be the eighth World Cup in succession for the Koreans, and their ninth overall, but aside from their fourth-placed finish in 2002 when they were co-hosts, they have only progressed to the knockout stage on one occasion, when they reached the last 16 in 2010 but were beaten by Uruguay. Presented by Mark Chapman, with commentary by Steve Wilson and Martin Keown.