A place in the last 16 was already confirmed for Argentina after Tuesday’s victory over Portugal and even with defeat to Korea Republic in Tychy on Friday afternoon La Albiceleste topped Group F to set up a knockout clash with Mali.
Korea in bringing Argentina’s perfect start to the tournament were able to follow Argentina through and pre-tournament favourites Portugal crashed out and it was no less than the Asian champions deserved.
Maximiliano Centurión, who had come into the side in place of the suspended Nehuen Pérez, cleared off the line from Cho Young-Wook midway through the first half after Manuel Roffo had fumbled a high-ball into the area but Korea Republic did take a deserved lead before the break.
A fine left wing cross from Lee Kang-in found Oh Se-Hun and the completely unmarked forward left Roffo with no chance.
There was a slight improvement from Argentina after the break but unable to find an equaliser it was instead Korea Republic that found the net, Cho Young-Wook beating Centurión to the ball to blast a second past Roffo.
Cristian Ferreira did manage to pull a goal back two minutes from time with a long range effort that skidded past goalkeeper Lee Gwang-Yeon but it was nothing more than a consolation.
With a superior goal difference Argentina top Group F and will play Mali in the last 16 while Korea take on Japan.