Asian powerhouse South Korea start the 2010 World Cup with a match against Greece on Saturday and defender Lee Jung-Soo has underlined the importance of his side's first game of the group phase.
"First of all, I believe that we have to do well in the Greece match in order to proceed to the last 16. We are thoroughly analysing each individual’s characteristics, weaknesses and strengths," said Lee on the official FIFA website.
"We believe that we have to win the Greece game in order to go to the first knockout round, and therefore we will be focused on winning this match. And we’d also like to show the South Korean people that we are one step closer to the next round."
Midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng added that the South Koreans are eager to survive the group phase.
"The first and most important goal for us now is to get as far as the second round. It's hard to know what will happen in tournaments after that. So for now, we’re going to do our very best so that we can be among the last 16."
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