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Top 20 World Cup Moments: South Korea shocks Italy in 2002 — No. 3

Jun 11, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

As we continue our countdown to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil here at PST, each day from now until the tournament begins we will look back at a memorable moment from years gone by. 

Here is number 3. 

PST’s Top 20 World Cup moments – No. 3:

South Korea has played in the World Cup consistently. In fact, they are one of only a handful of teams to have appeared in each of the last eight tournaments.

But what they did on their home soil in 2002 was special, and how they did it was even more remarkable.

Defeating Poland and Portugal while drawing the US to win Group D was special for the South Koreans, who shared hosting duties with Japan, but how they got by Italy in the quarters was out of this world.

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After the South Koreans were stymied on an early penalty by Gigi Buffon — one of two keepers to play incredible in the match (Lee Woon-Jae was fantastic as well) — Christian Vieri got it started with a headed goal to put Italy up, and the Italians looked set to defend to the death. But Ki Hyeon Sol picked up a loose ball in the box and buried it in the 88th minute to provide bonus soccer.

Francesco Totti was given his second yellow card in the 105th minute — for diving, a questionable call — and brought Italy down to 10 men.

And in the tournament of the Golden Goal, Ahn Jung-hwan headed home the winner in the 117th minute. South Korea would defeat Spain in kicks during the quarterfinal before falling to Germany in the semifinal and Turkey in the third-place game, but their mark was made against Italy.

  1. raidersownyou - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Match was fixed. The referee banned after the World Cup. True story, he was caught smuggling drugs over the border in 2010. Italy deserved that game.

    • mj2sexay - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:02 AM

      This article is an absolute joke. How do you bring up this game without talking about Byron Moreno?

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