Olympique Lyonnais defeats Seongnam 2-1The four-time consecutive winner of the French Division 1 professional football league, Olympique Lyonnais, defeated Seongnam Ilhwa and topped the Peace Cup Korea group A ranking last Sunday. In the same group, PSV Eindhoven ― led by Guus Hiddink, former soccer coach of the Korean national team for the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup ― tied 0-0 with Once Caldas of Columbia.
In the second preliminary round, at the Munsu World Cup stadium in Ulsan, Lyon overwhelmed Seongnam 2-1, helped by Norwegian John Carew. Lyon and PSV have each had one victory and one draw, but Lyon has scored more goals. The two teams, the most likely winners of the event, are going to play each other on Wednesday. Seongnam now have two losses.
In the 39th minute of the first half, Carew's shot was deflected by a defender into the net. In the seventh minute of the second half, Carew hit the goal again off a cross from Lamine Diatta.
Thirteen minutes into the second half, Seongnam scored its first goal from a 25 meter (75 foot) free kick by Eduardo Francisco Da Silva Neto, but failed to score again while continuing to apply pressure.
In Gwangju, Once Caldas, armed with individual skills and flexible offense tactics, dominated PSV throughout the game, but had no luck in front of the goal.
In the 16th minute of the first half, Caldas defender Mauricio Ferney Casierra passed his marker but was defeated by goalkeeper Edwin Zoetebier. Elkin Soto Jaramillo, Dairo Mauricio Moreno Galindo and Samuel Vanegas Luna kept shooting from both sides, but failed to score.
Caldas and Lyon tied 1-1 in their previous game on Friday.
Lee Young-pyo joined the game in the second half, replacing Phillip Cocu, and tried to attack from the left side but could not beat the Caldas goalkeeper.
In the group B game, Boca Juniors of Argentina and Tottenham Hotspur of England fought an intense battle against each other but ended the game in a 2-2 draw. Jermain Dafoe scored two goals to give a come-from-behind 2-1 advantage to Tottenham in the first half, but Boca's striker Daniel Bilos sent in the equalizer in the 70th minute.
Sundowns FC of South Africa upset Real Sociedad of Spain 1-0 in Daejeon on Saturday as more than 21,000 spectators watched the game. Ogdfrey Sapula scored the only goal of the game in the 57th minute in a scramble in front of Sociedad’s goal.
Korean forward Lee Chun-soo played the first half for Sociedad, though he will leave the team and play for the Ulsan Hyundai Tigers later this year.
by Jeong Young-jae, Limb Jae-un