World Cup 2010: North Korea coach Kim Jong Hun proud after narrow defeat to Brazil

Asian minnows will head into final group games with confidence...

It was an emotional night in South Africa as North Korea fought hard against Brazil, eventually losing out just 2-1 to the tournament favourites.

Asked for his opinion on the game, North Korea coach Kim Jong Hun was overtly proud of his side and what they had achieved.

"The Brazilian team is obviously very strong and, though we couldn’t win, I believe that our players fought very well against such an established side," Kim told reporters.

Having played so well for the entire duration, the coach was asked if he thought his team could have won if they had had a little more luck on the night.

"Yes. We had to wait until the end of the game to score but in the first half the players really carried out the plan," he added.

"The Brazilian team usually are strong on the wings and are strong individually but we prevented this.

"We defended well and when we had the ball we made a few nice passes but we were unable to score. In the second half, they attacked more and so our team defended strongly. We tried to score and we got one and so I think we fought bravely.

"We did not win but we have gained a lot of experience and we have more confidence for the remaining two games.

"As the coach, especially against Brazil, the fact that we scored a goal, I was very happy. I was proud of my players so that’s why I showed emotion when we scored."

With tough fixtures against Portugal and the Ivory Coast to come, Kim wasn't giving anything away with regards to potential tactics and strategies.

"We have to win a match to reach our goal. I can’t reveal all the strategies we have for the next games, we have about five days and during that we will prepare our tactics and strategies for the next match and review them and will decide whether to be more offensive or defensive," he concluded.

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