Advocaat Beats Togo

In what, for me anyway, was the least anticipated match of the first round, Korea swept away Togo 2-1.

Togo looked better than I expected, actually. Even when they were down a man. All we’ve heard for a week was what a mess the team is in. They were in the news daily, mostly worrying about whether they were going to be paid. They’ve threatened to leave, and their coach did for a bit. With all the distractions, I was expecting a rout–at least as much of one as lowly Korea could muster.

The difference in the match was coaching and Korea simply looked prepared to play. You’d expect that from Dick Advocaat. Still, this is the first match of the tournament I wouldn’t have minded missing.