Saturday, July 23, 2005

Lyon meet Tottenham in Korea's Peace Cup final

French champion Olympique Lyon meets Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League tomorrow in the eight-team Peace Cup's championship game at World Cup Stadium, South Korea. Both teams are unbeaten (1-0-2) in three Cup games and won their respective groups on a goal difference of one. Lyon tied PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday in Suwon to play for the $2million prize money, and Tottenham reached the title game with a 1-1 tie against Spanish club Real Sociedad in Kwangju on Thursday.

The absence of PSV and star Korean defender Young-Pyo Lee likely will cut the crowd for the final in half, the Washington Times, a subsidiary of the Peace Cup's organiser, reported. More than 62,000 watched PSV beat Korean club Seongnam in the tournament's opening game on 15 July, but Koreans generally do not flock to soccer games unless their national team's stars are involved. The average crowd in the 13-team K-League is 11,552, and the best-drawing team is Incheon United with an average of 26,564.