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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Nigeria 2-2 South Korea

South Korea battled to a hard-fought draw with Nigeria, and it was enough to secure second place in Group B will face Uruguay in the last 16 of the World Cup.

South Korea had to fight to the last minute for the point which put them through after Greece were beaten 2-0 by Argentina.

Nigeria created chances throughout and took the lead when Chidi Odiah squared for Kalu Uche to tap in after just 12 minutes. But South Korea hit back through Lee Jung-Soo, who scrambled the ball past Vincent Enyeama from Ki Sung-Yeung's free-kick to equalise before half time.

Park Chu-Young's curled free-kick restored South Korea's lead four minutes into the second half but Yakubu coolly slotted in a penalty after Kim Nam-Il fouled Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke to level the game.

A frantic final 20 minutes ensued as both sides missed chances but the draw was enough for South Korea to progress.

Group B Final Standings

Group B      W D L  F A GD Pts 
 Argentina   3-0-0  7:1 +6  9 
 South Korea 1-1-1  5:6 -1  4 
 Greece      1-0-2  2:5 -3  3 
 Nigeria     0-1-2  3:5 -2  1

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