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World Cup 2010: South Koreans Celebrate Historic Passage Into Knockout Stages

World Cup 2010: South Koreans Celebrate Historic Passage Into Knockout Stages

The Koreans secured second place in group B with a draw against Nigeria, meaning they progress to the last 16 for the first time away from home.

South Korean coach Huh Jung-Moo and his players spoke of their happiness after the side's 2-2 draw with Nigeria, which meant the Asian side reached the second round for only the second time in history.

In seven previous appearances at World Cup finals the team had only escaped from the group stages one solitary time- in 2002 and playing at home.

By finishing second behind Argentina in Group B however the South Koreans qualified for the knockout phase away from home for the first time ever- and were visibly delighted at making history for their country.

"Our goal was to reach the last 16. We succeeded in doing this for the first time away from home," captain Ji-Sung Park told reporters after Tuesday's game.

" So I'm very happy we achieved this in South Africa. All of the players know how important this is."

In the post-match press conference team coach Jung-Moo also praised his team, who will play Group A winners Uruguay in Sunday's first Second Round match.

"During the game, we conceded the first goal and that was a tough situation. But the players stayed cool and levelled the score."

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