South Korea coach Huh Jung-Moo praised his side's display despite the 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in the Round of 16.
Chung-Yong Lee's second-half equaliser gave South Korea some hope of progressing to the quarter-finals, but Luis Suarez ended all doubts in the 80th minute, when he scored his second of the match to send Uruguay through.
Huh Jung-Moo believes South Korea could have picked up a different result, but stressed that his men will walk out of the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium with their heads held high.
"This was not the result we wanted, but my players gave their best. My team should be congratulated," he said at a press conference.
"Uruguay were lucky in their goals. We controlled the match in the second half, even though we could not score more than one goal.
"We created many chances, but we could not capitalise on them. That was our biggest mistake and we paid dearly. We put all we had on the field and we played with a lot of determination, but that was not enough.
"There was not much we could improve, maybe we lacked a little bit of intelligence. But my players showed they were true Koreans.
"South Korea have been growing but there are things to improve at an international level."
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