South Korea will fight


South Korea are not interested in playing for a draw against Nigeria, but will go for an outright victory that would seal their place in the second round of the World Cup.
The South Koreans, bidding to reach the second round for only the second time in eight World Cups, kicked off their group campaign with a 2-0 win over Greece, but then crashed 4-1 to Argentina to leave them second in Group B.
Nigeria staggered from an opening 1-0 defeat to the Argentinians to a crucial 2-1 loss at the hands of the Greeks, who meet table-topping Argentina in their final group match, also today.
Kickoff is 8. 30pm.
So for the Koreans, it all hinges on their final group game against Nigeria.
“We must win to get to the second round,” said Gwangju Phoenix central midfielder Kim Jung-Woo.
“Some people are talking about a draw being enough, but we want to win.
“We must try not to concede a goal, especially early on, and we’ll have to be highly organised from the very start to the finish.”
Kim acknowledged that the Super Eagles represented a tough physical challenge, but added that he thought the South Koreans were up to it.
“Our strikers and wingers are fast, and with their speed we can break down Nigeria. When they have the ball we’ll press to regain the ball and attack.”
Lee Young-Pyo, the left full-back who plays for Saudi club Al-Hilal, said the Koreans had done their homework.
“We’ve prepared long enough for this game, the last in our group stage. We’re not concentrating on calculating which team has how many points and what goal difference is,” Lee said.
We’ve spent a lot of time analysing Nigeria’s tactics, and we have enough experience to know what we need to do.”