City midfielder comes on as late substitute in opening draw with Russia
Cardiff City’s Kim Bo Kyung made his FIFA World Cup debut as he came on as an 84th minute substitute in Korea Republic’s opening game against Russia.
As the last of 32 teams to make their first appearance in this summer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the City midfielder was forced to settle for a starting place on the bench before claiming a 29th cap for his country as a replacement for Heung-Min Son.
It proved to be a tight affair in Cuiaba before Keun-Ho Lee’s 68th minute opener gave Korea Republic the lead thanks to a goalkeeping error from Russian stopper Igor Akinfeev. Substitute Alexsander Kerzhakov soon spared the CSKA Moscow ‘keepers blushes however, grabbing a swift equaliser just six minutes later.
It’s Algeria up next for Korea Republic and Kim Bo Kyung in Porto Alegre on 22nd June before facing Belgium four days later in their final group game.
City’s other World Cup star Gary Medel will be back in action on Wednesday, 18th June for Chile as they take on reigning World Cup champions Spain at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
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