The international press were quick to point out dubious calls against Korea in its semifinal football match against Brazil at the London Olympics early Wednesday.
In the 10th minute, when Ji Dong-won tried a header, Juan Jesus raised his foot high to touch Ji's face, and in the 48th minute, Sandro tripped Kim Bo-kyung with his foot in the penalty area. But the referee did not declare fouls in either case.
Korea "had an early claim for a penalty turned down when Juan Jesus's foot clumsily connected with Ji Dong-won's face in the six-yard box," Reuters wrote. The Korean side "were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when Tottenham's Sandro appeared to impede Kim Bo-kyung," said the BBC.
"As the second half opened, Korea could easily have had a penalty when Kim Bo-kyung was fouled by Sandro but the Czech referee, Pavel Kralovec, waved play on. Any hope of parity soon disappeared," the Daily Telegraph added.