I got lucky with Akinfeev blunder, admits Lee Keun-ho

The forward believes his side were good enough to have taken all three points against Russia on Tuesday and feels they will be even better against Algeria
South Korea goalscorer Lee Keun-ho says he was lucky to open the scoring for his side in their 1-1 draw with Russia on Tuesday.

The forward was brought on ten minutes into the second half in a game void of clear opportunities and opened the scoring with a shot from distance which was helped into the net by Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Lee admits he did not think he would score when he hit the shot, but was delighted to see it cross the line.

"I've been waiting for this World Cup for so long, but I'd never thought I would even score," he said. "I think I was lucky, but it wasn't a bad start from me.

"To be frank, I never thought it would go in because I shot it straight at the keeper. But during the warm-up my efforts on goal weren't bad so I just went for it, and I was lucky."The 29-year-old feels his side could have done better on Tuesday after Aleksandr Kerzhakov levelled in the closing stages but is confident their performances will improve after their opening game.

"Tonight's result was a bit disappointing but I think we played as well as we had expected to," he said.

"Hopefully we'll be in a higher gear when we play Algeria and will be able to get ourselves a better result because of it."