South Korea hold on to book place in the last-16


SOUTH KOREA held on for a hard-fought draw against Nigeria to secure second place in Group B and a last 16 tie with Uruguay on Saturday.

The Koreans have never progressed past the first round stage outside of their own country and were made to hold on for their lives as the Super Eagles fought to the death.

Nigeria were bright throughout and took the lead as early as the 12th minute when Chidi Odiah squared for Kalu Uche to tap home.

But South Korea were never out of the contest and equalised seven minutes before half-
time after Lee Jung-Soo bundled the ball past keeper Vincent Enyeama following Ki
Sung-Yeung’s free-kick.

Then, four minutes after restart, the Asian side were ahead when Park Chu-Young curled home a fine free-kick, but the lead lasted just 20 minutes before Kim Nam-Il was adjudged to have fouled Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke in the box and Everton striker Yakubu blasted home the resulting penalty.

Both sides missed chances to win the game, but the South Koreans held on to their obvious delight.