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World Cup live blog: June 17

June 17, 2014

Games kick off at noon with Belgium vs. Algeria, followed by Brazil vs. Mexico at 3 p.m. and Russia vs. South Korea at 6 p.m.

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(Felipe Dana/AP)

(Felipe Dana/AP)

It was like watching a different game during the first and second halves. The latter proved more more exciting with Alexander Akinfeev’s howler, which put South Korea on the board, and Russia’s scrambling equalizer. Both teams fought hard to draw at 1-1. Here’s how FIFA broke the numbers down.

Goals

Russia: 1, Alexander Kerzhakov at 74′

South Korea: 1, Lee Keunho at 68′

Total shots

Russia: 17

South Korea: 10

Shots on goal:

Russia: 9

South Korea: 6

Fouls

Russia: 16

South Korea: 6

Possession percentage

Russia: 49 percent

South Korea: 51 percent

Corners

Russia: 4

South Korea: 4

Saves

Russia: 4

South Korea: 5

Offsides

Russia: 0

South Korea: 0

Red cards

Russia: 0

South Korea: 0

Yellow cards

Russia: 1, Oleg Shatov at 49′

South Korea: 3, Son Heung Min at 13′, Ki Sungyueng at 30′ and Koo Jacheol at 90′

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But for all the wrong reasons. He made a howler in the net that gifted the South Koreans the first goal of the match. Russia was lucky to equalize. Despite the draw, though, Alexander Akinfeev’s mishandling of the ball became one of the most popular World Cup memes of the night.

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Koo Ja-Cheol of South Korea and Sergey Ignashevich of Russia go up for a header. (Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Koo Ja-Cheol of South Korea and Sergey Ignashevich of Russia go up for a header. (Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

This is better news for South Korea than Russia, who came in as the favorite.

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Which means Russia get the free kick. Luckily for South Korea, it did not produce another goal.

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Both teams are turned up and fighting hard.

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(KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

(KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

He came on at minute 71 and scored at minute 74.

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Alexander Kerzhakov proved to be the missing link. It’s 1-1 now with just 15 minutes to go.

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Alexander Kerzhakov, the only player on Russia’s team who has ever seen World Cup action, goes on the pitch in place of Yury Zhirkov. This might be the team’s best chance to equalize.

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Lee Keun-Ho crept one around the Russian goalkeeper, who collapsed to the pitch after his miss and put both hands to his face. The score is 1-0, South Korea.

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(David Gray/Reuters)

(David Gray/Reuters)

This is Russia’s first substitution and it’s a safe bet considering Shatov earlier was booked with a yellow card.

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(David Gray/Reuters)

(David Gray/Reuters)

The Russian goalkeeper stopped a scorching free kick from Son Heung-Min.

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This is South Korea’s first substitution. They have two left and Russia has three.

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(Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

(Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

It’s Russia’s first.

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The second half started off promising for the Russians, who found two attempts at goal. Sadly for them, they didn’t succeed at either of them.

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Russia's forward Alexander Kokorin, left, vies with South Korea's Yun Suk-Young. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s forward Alexander Kokorin, left, vies with South Korea’s Yun Suk-Young. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

Both teams are having trouble getting it together.

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This is very uncharacteristic for the Bundesliga player.

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It was a real shame, as he was wide open thanks to sloppy Russian defending.

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(Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

(Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Ki Sungyueng gets the booking after sliding under Alexander Samedov and completely knocking him off his feet. Samedov was very slow to recover, but he’s  back in.

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Team Russia Coach Fabio Capello, apparently, didn’t choose Sergei Ignashevich to be the captain because of his skills, ESPN broadcasters said. Capello chose him because “he speaks English and can talk to the referees.”

The coach maybe should’ve kept that to himself…

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Twenty-five-year-old midfielder Ki Sungyueng is doing phenomenally right now.

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