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Brazil 2014: Good Start for Korea - draws with Russia 1:1
Updated: 2014-06-18 16:06:13 KST

World Cup fever officially took Korea by storm this Wednesday morning, as tens of thousands of people in red shirts gathered on streets throughout the nation and many millions more at home to watch Korea's first World Cup match against Russia.

Korea found the back of the net first to take a 1-nil lead, but unfortunately let in an equalizer near the end and that's how it finished ONE-ONE.
Our sports correspondent Song Ji-sun joins me live in the studio.
So, Ji-sun Not a win, not a loss, but a draw. Good or bad for Korea - what's your call?

Better than many had expected.
After multiple failed attempts to score in the first half -- the goal came from Lee Keun-ho who replaced Park Chu-young at the striker position in the second half.
Just 12 minutes after stepping on to the pitch, Lee Keun-ho fired a strong long-range shot that the Russian goalkeeper failed to punch out of the net.
It was Lee's first goal in his first World Cup, who's been mostly playing in the K-League.
Lee missed out on the final roster for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and has been mostly playing in the K-League, currently in Sangju Sangmu FC.

Some people weren't expecting that much from this game, but after Korea got the goal, everyone was pretty disappointed they didn't go on to win the game.
Some are also saying earning three points from this game could have provided the momentum they needed to finish atop the group

Unfortunately, Korea only had the lead for six minutes before Russia made it ONE-ONE.
Russia's Aleksandr Kerzhakov scored easily as Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryoung could not get back in position after blocking a shot by Alan Dzagoev.
Korea's defenders were not aligned properly for the sudden attack -- something they'll surely work on leading in to their next match.

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