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Park starts for South Korea over Kim vs Russia

Park preferred to Kim in South Korea's attack for team's World Cup opener against Russia

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 5:22 p.m.

CUIABA, Brazil (AP) — Park Chu-young will lead South Korea’s attack in its opening World Cup match against Russia in Group B after being preferred to fellow striker Kim Shin-wook.

Goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong keeps his place despite Kim Seung-gyu putting pressure on the team’s long-time No. 1, who has been struggling for form.

Experienced midfielder Igor Denisov was left out of Russia’s first lineup of the tournament, with coach Fabio Capello choosing Denis Glushakov, Viktor Faizulin and Oleg Shatov in central midfield in the absence of injured captain Roman Shirokov.

Alexander Kokorin is the lone Russia striker for the last of the first round of matches in the World Cup’s group stage.

Belgium and Algeria are the other teams in Group H.

Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Andrei Yeshchenko, Dmitry Kombarov, Vasily Berezutsky, Sergei Ignashevich, Denis Glushakov, Viktor Faizulin, Oleg Shatov, Alexander Samedov, Yuri Zhirkov, Alexander Kokorin.

South Korea: Jung Sung-ryong, Lee Yong, Yun Suk-young, Kim Young-kwon, Hong Jeong-ho, Ki Sung-yeung, Han Kook-young, Son Heung-min, Lee Chung-yong, Koo Ja-cheol, Park Chu-young.




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 In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Ill. The state jobless rate has dropped for four straight months and is at its lowest point since October 2008. Illinois has lagged the country as a whole in its recovery from recession, and the state's unemployment rate has been among the worst in the country for months. Thursday's report provides signs that Illinois may be starting to catch up. Construction companies added 3,500 jobs in June, an increase of 1.8 percent. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Updated on July 20, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.
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Updated on July 17, 2014 at 3:52 a.m.
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