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Brazil 2014: Korea wraps up fourth in group stage, no Asian squad in final 16
Updated: 2014-06-27 20:37:42 KST

We now have the names of all 16 teams that are staying behind in Brazil for the remainder of the World Cup 2014 and Korea is not on the list.
Korea lost their last group match against Belgium -- 1-nil, packing up with a draw and two losses.

Arirang News' Song Ji-sun joins us for the wrap up of Team Korea's rather disappointing performance at this year's World Cup.

We needed a massive victory over Belgium to advance to the next round but hopes faded soon as Korea lost ONE-NIL and Algeria drew ONE-ONE with Russia on Thursday.
Coach Hong Myung-bo finally changed his mind to put Kim Shin-wook as the lone striker in his line-up and even replaced goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong with Kim Seung-gyu.
Kim actually fared well on his World Cup debut but he loses a goal as Belgium's Jan Vertonghen nets after Kim failed to hang on to a shot.
Just before the end of first half Belgium's Steven Defour was sent off for stepping on Kim Shin-wook's ankle but the Korean footballers couldn't make the most out of their numerical advantage.

Now the question remains were the best eleven really the best choice for the Korean squad?

I'm sure he was waiting for that one-shot from Park Chu-young, who brought home bronze from the London Olympics two years ago. But that old magic didn't work in Brazil.
Park who's been sitting on the bench for most of the time in his club, started Korea's first two critical matches -- only to go unnoticed for the whole while .
Park leaves Brazil without a single goal or run on goal and the two other forwards playing in domestic league replaced Park in the second half for the first two matches.
Lee Keun-ho, serving in the military and playing for army team Sangmu, scored while playing less than a half and the tall Kim Shin-wook did well fighting off Algerian and Belgian players for the ball.
Korea's young midfielders who play in European leagues showed greater potential.
Son Heung-min scored in his first World Cup as the youngest player on the squad and captain Koo Ja-cheol also played his part as Ki Sung-yueng backed the strikers as much as he possibly could.

This wraps up what can only be described as a poor performance -- not just by Korea but by Asia as a whole.

That's right.
This is Korea's worst result since the 1998 World Cup in France and represents a step back for the team, as it reached the round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup.
With Korea's exit from Brazil, Asia will not be represented in the round of 16 -- and without a single victory in 24 years the region's quota could be at risk.
There is a lot of analysis out there as to why the Asian teams had such a poor showing in Brazil.
Some are saying the talent gap between the football strongholds in Europe and Asia is widening because the Asian squads are merely trying to emulate the European teams, which are evolving and progressing at a faster pace.

Something the footballers must work on over the next four years.
Thank you Ji-sun for your coverage on the Korean squad at Brazil 2014.

For other matches on Thursday and games over the weekend, we now go over to Steven at the sports center. So Steven, we won't be seeing any more of Ronaldo at the World Cup?

Comment

fatboyme (USA) 2014-06-29 01:48:02 KST    

Great.