Italy 3, South Korea 2
PUEBLA, Mexico (AP) _ Sandro Altobelli scored all of Italy’s goals, giving him the soccer tournament lead, and the defending champions beat South Korea 3-2 Tuesday to advance to the second round of the World Cup.
Altobelli, who has scored all five of Italy’s goals so far, could have had another but he hit the goalpost on a penalty kick.
Italy finished second to Argentina in Group A and will play France next Tuesday at Olympic Stadium in Mexico City. The Koreans, making their first World Cup appearance in 32 years, finished 1-2.
Italy had a great chance in the first minute. Bruno Conti sent Antonio di Gennaro free in the penalty area, but the midfielder stumbled when presented with a golden opportunity.
Two minutes later, Conti passed from the right side and Altobelli headed the ball over the crossbar.
Fullback Antonio Cabrini forced a diving save from goalkeeper Oh Yun-kyo in the sixth minute as the Italians exerted early pressure. That pressure paid off in the 18th minute with Altobelli’s first goal of the contest.
Italy looked as if it could have had a penalty kick when Cho Kwang-Rae tackled Giuseppe Galderisi in the penalty area. The referee waved play on, however, and Di Gennaro gained possession. He passed to Altobelli, who took the ball on his chest, faked, then fired past the goalkeeper.
Italy’s Salvatore Bagni was cautioned in the 32nd minute for striking Huh Jung-moo after being fouled, then Byun Byung-joo headed narrowly wide in the 35th minute.
Just a minute later, Altobelli sent his penalty kick against the goalpost. Huh had fouled Altobelli.
Italy had another chance in the 50th minute, but defender Park Kyung-hoon cleared the ball off the goal line on a shot by Fulvio Collovati. A minute later, Bagni hit a long range shot just inches too high.
South Korea stunned the Italians by tying it in the 62nd minute.
Choi Soon-ho cut in from the left, beat two defenders and then fired the ball past goalkeeper Giovanni Galli from the edge of the penalty area.
But the Itlians stormed back.
A free kick by Conti seemed useless when Altobelli and Galderisi collided. Altobelli somehow managed to knock it home anyway.
Altobelli made it 3-1 in the 82nd minute after a crossing pass by de Napoli. The ball appeared to be deflected into the net by a defender.
The hat trick was the second in the competition - Denmark’s Preben Elkjaer had one against Uruguay.
In the final minute, Huh scored for South Korea.