Wednesday, June 23, 2010

South Korea reached the second round after a 2-2 draw against Nigeria.

South Korea reached the second round of the World Cup on Tuesday by holding Nigeria to a 2-2 draw in a thrilling match.

Lee Jung-soo and Park Chu-young scored for South Korea after Kalu Uche had given Nigeria the lead in the 12th minute. Ayegbeni Yakubu netted a 69th-minute penalty kick to draw Nigeria level again — moments after Yakubu missed a wide open net.

Argentina won Group B by beating Greece 2-0 and South Korea reached the World Cup knockout stage away from home for the first time. The only other time South Korea got beyond the group stage was when the team surged to the semifinals in 2002 on home soil as tournament co-host with Japan.
Nigeria was the second African team to fall out of the first World Cup held on the continent. Host South Africa was eliminated earlier Tuesday.

Team Line-Ups:

Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama, Chidi Odiah, Danny Shittu, Joseph Yobo (Elderson Echiejile 46), Rabiu Afolabi, kalu Uche, Dickson Etuhu, Yusuf Ayila, Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Victor Obinna 70), Chinedu Obasi, Nwankwo Kanu (Obafemi Martins 57).

South Korea: Jung Sung-ryong;, Cha Du-ri, Lee Young-Pyo, Cho Yong-hyung, Lee Jung-soo, Kim Jung-woo, Ki-Sung yong (Kim Jae-sung 87), Park Ji-sung, Lee Chung-yong, Park Chu-young (Kim Dong-jin 90 +3), Yeom Ki-hun (Kim Nam-il 64).


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