Tens of thousands of fans cheer for Korea against AlgeriaUpdated: 2014-06-23 19:55:16 KST
Disappointment was written across the faces of the tens of thousands of fans who braved the heavy rain to cheer on Korea in their second World Cup group game against Algeria.
Nearly forty thousand people gathered in front of COEX convention center, one of the biggest cheering spots in downtown Seoul, to support the Red Devils.
Live music performances meant the atmosphere was festive before the match.
The happy mood and optimism soon turned to disappointment, however, as Algeria stuck three goals past Korea in the first half.
"Although Team Korea's victory didn't come on Monday morning in the match against Algeria, hopes are high that the Korean Team can bring home its win in the match against Belgium on Friday morning. "
"Today's game was a turning point to make it further in the tournament. I thank Son Heung-min and Koo Ja-cheol for scoring a goal each. Although we lost today, I support our team and believe we can do well in our next match."
"If we play like we did during the second half of this game, I think we have a good chance of beating Belgium on Friday."
The fans said the team's poor defending in the first half cost them in the end.
"Our attacking play was pretty good but we were vulnerable to counter attacks. You never know what can happen in football. I believe we can win against Belgium and qualify for the last 16."
On the day of the big match against Belgium on Friday, the cheers will be heard all the way to Brazil.
Fans across the country refuse to give up hope that Korea can go at least one stage further in the World Cup.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.
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