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Day 2 at South Africa 2010 was not a day for arriving at the ground late. All three matches brought an early goal but while Korea Republic and Argentina profited to claim victories – Diego Maradona securing his first FIFA World Cup™ win as a coach in the process – England were pegged back in a draw with USA in the late game in Rustenburg.

First of the early birds was Lee Jung-Soo with a far-post volley from a set-piece seven minutes into the South Koreans’ eventual 2-0 victory over Group B rivals Greece. If that was a Greek-style goal, Park Ji-Sung’s quick feet added a more typical second as Korea Republic became the first team to win a game at these finals – and boost their chances of reaching the last 16 for the first time on foreign soil.

The focus then switched to Ellis Park where Maradona enjoyed a winning debut in the dugout. Argentina’s rich pool of attacking talents has made them one of South Africa’s fancied teams yet – fittingly for a tournament yet to see a striker score – they owed their victory to a sixth-minute goal by defender Gabriel Heinze, who profited from slack defending with a flying header from a corner.

This was South Africa’s first glimpse of Lionel Messi, one of the predicted stars of the tournament, and on another day he might have had a hat-trick. The Barcelona man had eight goal attempts but was foiled by several fine saves by goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who stood between the Super Eagles and a drubbing. Kalu Uche blazed over Nigeria’s best opportunity as Lars Lagerback’s men sprang to life in the second period, albeit too late to prevent a hat-trick of FIFA World Cup losses to Argentina.

Goalkeepers were prominent in Rustenburg too. If the ghosts of Belo Horizonte had dominated the build-up to the showdown between Group C rivals England and USA, there will be new demons stalking England goalkeeper Robert Green after the error that allowed the Americans to claim a point. When Steven Gerrard scored after just four minutes England looked set to avenge the Americans’ shock 1950 triumph, but Green then let Clint Dempsey’s shot slip beneath his body. Both sides might have grabbed a second-half winner – Tim Howard foiled Emile Heskey and Shaun Wright-Phillips, while Green turned Jozy Altidore’s shot against a post – but had to settle for the first draw between these transatlantic cousins.

Results
Korea Republic 2-0 Greece
Argentina 1-0 Nigeria
England 1-1 USA

Day 2 at South Africa 2010 was not a day for arriving at the ground late. All three matches brought an early goal but while Korea Republic and Argentina profited to claim victories – Diego Maradona securing his first FIFA World Cup™ win as a coach in the process – England were pegged back in a draw with USA in the late game in Rustenburg.

First of the early birds was Lee Jung-Soo with a far-post volley from a set-piece seven minutes into the South Koreans’ eventual 2-0 victory over Group B rivals Greece. If that was a Greek-style goal, Park Ji-Sung’s quick feet added a more typical second as Korea Republic became the first team to win a game at these finals – and boost their chances of reaching the last 16 for the first time on foreign soil.

The focus then switched to Ellis Park where Maradona enjoyed a winning debut in the dugout. Argentina’s rich pool of attacking talents has made them one of South Africa’s fancied teams yet – fittingly for a tournament yet to see a striker score – they owed their victory to a sixth-minute goal by defender Gabriel Heinze, who profited from slack defending with a flying header from a corner.

This was South Africa’s first glimpse of Lionel Messi, one of the predicted stars of the tournament, and on another day he might have had a hat-trick. The Barcelona man had eight goal attempts but was foiled by several fine saves by goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who stood between the Super Eagles and a drubbing. Kalu Uche blazed over Nigeria’s best opportunity as Lars Lagerback’s men sprang to life in the second period, albeit too late to prevent a hat-trick of FIFA World Cup losses to Argentina.

Goalkeepers were prominent in Rustenburg too. If the ghosts of Belo Horizonte had dominated the build-up to the showdown between Group C rivals England and USA, there will be new demons stalking England goalkeeper Robert Green after the error that allowed the Americans to claim a point. When Steven Gerrard scored after just four minutes England looked set to avenge the Americans’ shock 1950 triumph, but Green then let Clint Dempsey’s shot slip beneath his body. Both sides might have grabbed a second-half winner – Tim Howard foiled Emile Heskey and Shaun Wright-Phillips, while Green turned Jozy Altidore’s shot against a post – but had to settle for the first draw between these transatlantic cousins.

Results
Korea Republic 2-0 Greece
Argentina 1-0 Nigeria
England 1-1 USA