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Ok, this quarter-final, I believe Spain will win the game, just because they have a good squad and some techniques the Korean don't have. And they have play really well too.

Unlike the Italians, the Spaniards knew the Koreans shouldn't be taken lightly. And after meeting the Irish, I believe they learned their lesson well. They're should be the more aware side of the game, since the Koreans might feel slightly 'high' after the tiring game against Italy.

Ok, what peeved me off... why in the world the general public think if Korea win, fifa was the one that give the platter to the Asians? It's just mightily pissed me off that these ppl demerits the hard works the Koreans have shown, just because of a few bad calls from the referees that seemed to favour them.

Why can't the rest ofthe world grow up and accept, for God's sake, this is the new millenium, and the standard of football around the world had catch up really fast??? *so refraining from calling these ppl idiots*

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Go South Korea!!! :D:D:D i m rooting for them in this game... :)
 

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The Italian didn't underestimate the Korean, that was why they prefere to defend their only goal. Unfortunately so many bad decision were called :(
 

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I really hope to see Korea barrage Spain where most people despise Asian soccer. In my opinion, Spain NT is the same level as Real Madrid B team. We are going to hear another poor excuse for losing to the 'inferior' Asian team by 'poor' judging.
 

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KOREA FIGHTING!!! KOREA FIGHTING!!
THAT'S WHAT I ALWAYS HEARD WHEN I WATCH ALL THE CONFEDERATION CUP GAME IN KOREA AND JAPAN 1 YEAR AGO...

AND FOR THE THE GAME AGAINST SPAIN...HOPEFULLY THEY WIN THE GAME. WHO KNOW??? :D

KOREA...NOTHING TO LOSE!!!;)
 

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To be a Chinese, I've hated Korea soccer for long time, but now, today, I will back them.

GO AHEAD, KOREA!!!!!!!!!

COME ON, Kim Hee-Sun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
 

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World Cup Preview: South Korea V Spain
Spain - South Korea | News Archive

Korea's rollercoaster goes on (Allsport)
06/20/2002. BACKGROUND

You would be forgiven for thinking South Korea had already won the World Cup after watching their extravagant and jubilant celebrations following their triumph over Italy on Tuesday. However, the show goes on for the World Cup co-hosts who have lit up this extra special World Cup and thrilled us all, apart from the odd Polish, Portuguese and Italian fan of course.

Their first priority of the World Cup was to finally win a match after failure to do so in their previous 15 attempts. They achieved this instantly with a resounding 2-0 victory over a disappointing Poland and their second, rather more optimistic ambition began to look a possibility. That was to avoid becoming the first country hosting the World Cup to fail to reach the second round.

A draw against the USA, who were on the back of a mightily impressive victory against the highly fancied Portuguese, left Korea with their destiny in their own hands. However, even if they did now fail they would already be heroes just for the fact that they had won a game. But a brave and committed performance didn't just see Korea defeat Portugal, but also sent their European opponents crashing out of the World Cup and turned a nation into a state of delirious celebrations.

Guus Hiddink and his team had by now already established themselves as idols even before they faced the mighty Italy, who despite not convincing in the group stage were surely going to be too much for their Korean opponents? It was not to be, as Korea not only continued to defy belief with their work-rate and fitness, but showed tremendous skill and talent to steal victory from the jaws of defeat. The scenes that followed Ahn Jung Hwan's goal on the pitch, in the stadium and in the streets of South Korea will stay with millions of football fans for years to come. The football fever currently sweeping Korea has made a mockery out of those who criticised Fifa's decision to hand the 2002 World Cup to Asia, but it is in fact the best thing to come from the football's embattled governing body in many, many years.

South Korea have now passed all their expectations prior to the World Cup and face Spain in Gwangju on Saturday without any fear or trepidation of their opponents as they know they are already established in South Korean folk law.

This World Cup has had many parallels with the World Cup in 1966, none more so than South Korea's emulation of North Korea's victory over Italy in their second round match 36 years ago. The Red Devil's have now equalled their bitter neighbours achievement of reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup, but no Asian side have reached the last four. In 1966 North Korea stormed into a 3-0 lead in their quarter-final against Portugal before a Eusabio inspired comeback ended their hopes. The neutrals amongst us will be hoping for something similar.

So the Invicible Armada is not invicible after all. Jose Antonio Camacho's men exposed their frailities last Sunday against Ireland, when they came this close to an embarrassing elimination. Fortunately, they have in Iker Casillas a young, exciting goalkeeper who single-handedly kept Spain in the race for an unprecedented World Cup success. The Real Madrid reserve managed some brilliant saves in a nerve-racking penalty shoot-out and swept Spain into the next round.

This difficult match against the Republic came as a shock for Spain, with the national media expecting them to stroll to qualification. It was pretty far from being a stroll: just ask David Albelda, he nearly lost a testicle in the process! More worrying is Raul's groin injury. Without the Real Madrid forward, the Red Furies look at a loss up front as they lack his flair and vision. This problem was blatant against Ireland; it looks set to worsen against a stubborn Korean side.

Ah, and let me tell you something about Korea: you'd expect the proud Spanish press to learn from their mistakes and treat Spain's next opponent with respect. It is not going to be the case. Even a glamorous win against Italy was not enough to bolster Korea's rating. They are still dismissed as a bunch of inexperienced marathon-runners with little technique and simplistic tactical ideas. We all know it is not the case, mainly because of Guus Hiddink's enlightened direction.

FORM GUIDE

South Korea's World Cup form hasn't been a fluke as there were signs of what was to come in their friendlies prior to the tournament. However, many of us were too dismissive to realise what Hiddink was building. A demolition of Berti Vogt's Scotland was dismissed as a result of an experimental Scotland team. Sven Goran Eriksson's England managed to scrape a draw against Korea, but the attentions were still not on the Koreans and nor were they after their 3-2 defeat to France despite having deserved more from their friendly against the World and European Champions. The attention is most certainly on Korea now though.

Spain's last ten matches: WWWDLWWWWD

A string of solid performances in the preparation friendlies as well as in the World Cup's first round matches show how strong and consistent Spain can be. With just one defeat in their last ten, they are arguably extremely difficult to break down. Only Holland managed to do it in a Rotterdam friendly. Ireland came close but could not make it, so it's up to Korea to give it a shot now.

TEAM NEWS

Korea have two massive doubts ahead of their last eight showdown with Spain. Midfielder Kim Nam-Il sprained his ankle against Italy and despite undergoing intensive treatment isn't expected to be fit enough to start on Saturday and may be replaced by Chun Soo Lee. Defender Kim Tae-Young suffered a broken nose against Italy and had surgery on it the following day, which may allow him to play against Spain with the aid of a protective mask.
Cha Du Ri, the son of South Korea's most famous footballer, apart from the current crop of players of course, came on and had a positive effect against Italy and he may in contention for a place in the starting line-up at the expense of Hwang Sun-Hong.

Spain have been sweating all week - literally - for two reasons: first of all, Camacho's decision to have his team practise in the afternoon, in order to adapt to Guangju's sizzling heat on Saturday. Second, and most importantly, about Raul: the Real Madrid star was hit by a groin strain injury against Ireland, so he is all but certain to miss Korea-Spain. David Albelda is another major concern for Camacho, but his testicle problem could be history by Saturday. A number of players were kept on a light training schedule, such as Luis Enrique or Fernando Morientes, but no other players than Raul or Albelda is doubtful.

PROBABLE LINEUP

South Korea (3-4-1-2) Lee Woon-Jae; Choi Jin-Chul, Kim Tae-Young, Hong Myung-Bo; Chun Soo Lee, Yoo Sang-Chul, Song Chong Gug, Park Ji Sung; Ahn Jung-Hwan; Seol Ki Hyeon,Cha Du Ri.

Spain (4-3-1-2) Iker Casillas, Puyol, Juanfran, Ivan Helguera, Fernando Hierro, Baraja, Luis Enrique, De Pedro, Valeron, Diego Tristan, Morientes

WHO IS HOT

South Korea - One of the fascinating things about Korea is that there are no stars in their team, but they are just that, a team! They all work exceptionally hard for each other and there are no room for any slackers. Having said that Ahn Jung Hwan has been the name in the spotlight following Tuesday's 2-1 victory against Italy. He recovered admirably from missing an early penalty to scored the dramatic winner, although that looks to have led to his sacking by Italian club Perugia.

Spain: Iker Casillas. An obvious choice. As we mentioned, he kept Spain in the tournament with his saves, and that is no small accomplishment. It's the second time Casillas saves his team in six weeks: he was brilliant with Real Madrid in the CL Final against Leverkusen and should really be repaid for his performances with a first team spot with in his club.

WHO IS NOT

Korea: I find it very hard to criticise any Korean player after the 100% effort they have given in all four of their matches so far. The only error of judgement in the titanic tussle with Italy came from after a naive attempt to clear the ball with a back heel from Seol Ki Hyeon
that almost cost Korea the match they had worked so hard to get back into. A fantastic save from Lee Woon-Jae denied Gennaro Gattuso the Golden Goal winner.

Spain: Fernando Hierro. He really should have done Spain a favour and retire before the World Cup. He pushed his team on the brink of elimination when he held back Ireland striker Niall Quinn in the box, a foul that was duly sanctioned by a penalty transformed by Robbie Keane.

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

One precedent, actually, remains one of Korea's finest World Cup moments: in the 1994 World Cup, the Red Devils fought a 2-2 draw with the Red Furies, in a match where Nadal was sent off. Extreme conditions in Dallas played a big part in a match in which Luis Enrique and Fernando Hierro also took part. Everybody says they could end up playing in extreme temperatures again in Guangju on Saturday, so...

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World Cup quarter-final ¡V 22/6/02 (7.30am BST)
Spain 0 - 0 South Korea (aet)

Gwangiu (Korea)

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South Korea are through to the semi-finals in their home nation after a penalty shoot-out and yet more controversial refereeing decisions.
Spanish Coach Jose Antonio Camacho admitted he was worried after seeing the standard of refereeing in Italy's 2-1 defeat to South Korea. However, his biggest worry in this game was the absence of Raul.

The Real Madrid star was not risked following a thigh problem and instead Juan Carlo Valeron backed up Fernando Morientes.

The physicality of the Koreans made itself felt early on as Spain had difficulty holding on to the ball. However, the first real chance fell to Camacho's men on 27 minutes. Morientes' dipping header was caught with great difficulty by Lee Woon-Jae, who required a little help from the upright.

Just before the break Joaquin's splendid cross could not be reached by Morientes in the middle, while Javi De Pedro's fierce shot was punched out.

There was controversy at the dawn of the second period when Spain saw a Ruben Baraja goal disallowed for shirt-tugging, but replays failed to highlight any serious fouls.

The co-hosts grew in stature in the second half and as the pressure slowly grew Iker Casillas made a splendid one-handed save on Park's half-volley.

Spain also threatened but Joaquin's angled drive hit the side-netting, but an uneventful 90 minutes gave way to extra time.

The Spaniards scored a golden goal in the first minute of extra time, but Morientes saw his header disallowed as the linesman flagged for the ball crossing the byline, a decision replays showed to be incorrect.

Soon after Morientes was again unlucky to see his spectacular volley ricochet off the far post.

Lee Chun-Soo's free kick drifted over the bar and Hwan's deflected volley was gathered by Casillas.

The Spaniards were also unhappy that a last-minute corner was not taken ahead of the final whistle.

The quarter-final went to penalties, Spain's second consecutive shoot-out after eliminating the Republic of Ireland.

Korea opened the proceedings when Hwan's effort slipped under Casillas. Hierro coolly converted his kick to level the terms. Park, Baraja, Seol, Xavi and Ahn netted before Joaquin saw his spot-kick saved. The final kick fell to Hong and he blasted into the roof of the net to send South Korea into the Semi's.


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Spain: Casillas; Puyol, Hierro, Nadal, Romero; Joaquin, Baraja, Helguera (Xavi 93), de Pedro (Mendieta 70), Valeron (Luis Enrique 79); Morientes

South Korea: Lee W J; Song, Choi, Hong, Kim T Y (Hwang S H 90); Park, Yoo (Lee C S 60), Kim Nam-il (Lee E Y 32), Lee Y P; Ahn, Seol

Ref: Ghandour (Egy)

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All i can say is

CONGRATUALTIONS....STOLE ANOTHER GAME!

:yuck:

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I used to support south korea as they are the only asian team left ....
but they are so crap that they win the matches by the referees but not themselves. I am disappointed by the referee decision about the 2 "disapprove" goals.:mad: :mad: :mad:
 
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