Dive of the Day: Lee Chung Yong Drops Like an Italian

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June 26 2014 5:51 PM

Dive of the Day: Lee Chung Yong Drops Like an Italian

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Down I go.

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South Korea's players were flopping like Italians on Thursday against Belgium. As such, they had several contenders for dive of the day. This beauty by Bolton midfielder Lee Chung Yong wins top honors, though.

We score dive of the day on three categories: level of actual contact (1 if there's no contact at all, 10 for a huge collision), level of simulated contact (1 for a stoic response, 10 for acting like you've been shot), and dive duration.

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Level of actual contact: 0
Level of simulated contact: 7
Dive duration: 2 seconds 

The Belgian defender may just have breathed on Lee in the box, which was enough to send him tumbling.

Jeremy Stahl is a Slate senior editor. You can follow him on Twitter.