Korea cheers on football squad at watch partiesUpdated: 2014-06-18 19:55:03 (KST)
"Daehan Minguk Daehan Minguk "
Ten-thousand supporters converged on the streets of Gangnam in southern Seoul to watch Team Korea's first match in the 2014 World Cup, against Russia.
Yeongdongdae-ro street was one of 26 main cheering locations across the nation.
Roads were blocked off the previous evening as people began to stream in, in the pitch dark.
They did not have to wait in silence.
Famous Korean singers took the stage in the hours leading up to the beginning of the game.
The main event was Korean pop star Psy's performance of his hit songs "Gangnam Style", "Gentleman" and "Champion."
The cheers and excitement built up to a fever pitch when the whistle blew for the start of the game, and of course when Lee Geun-ho scored his goal in the second half,.
"The atmosphere is great, very very great, it's very friendly and we like it. So, Korea fighting "
"I think that Korea is going to win against Russia, at least I hope so."
However, groans echoed throughout the crowd when Russia scored their equalizer.
Disappointment over having let a 1-nil lead slip away, but also relief that the team didn't lose their first game and still has a great chance of qualifying for the knockout stage.
"I anticipated we would win. I'm disappointed about the draw, but I think we will fare better in the next game."
"Koreans have shown once again, how they become united when rooting for the nation's football warriors even if it means getting up a little early.
Street cheering will continue even earlier next Monday, in the match against Algeria, 4 a.m., Korea Time.
Kwon Soa, Arirang News."
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