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Nigeria in shock defeat

Posted by BBC Sports on 2005/06/16 | Views: 425 |

Nigeria in shock defeat


South Korea scored two late goals Wednesday to beat Nigeria 2-1 in Group F of the World Youth Championship.

South Korea scored two late goals Wednesday to beat Nigeria 2-1 in Group F of the World Youth Championship.

Captain Baek Ji-hoon scored on a rebound in the first minute of injury time, three minutes after Park Chu-young curled in a free kick.

"My players lost concentration in the last five minutes," Nigeria coach Samson Siasia said.

David Abwo put Nigeria ahead in the 18th minute when South Korea goalkeeper Cha Ki-seok came out of the goal to challenge on a breakaway.

Instead of shooting, Solomon Okoronkwo sent the ball wide to Abwo on the right wing and he put it in at an angle before Cha could cover.


After a shaky start, the South Koreans controlled the game but failed to capitalize on several other chances.

Park had missed a penalty shot and Shin Young-rok missed a chance from 10 meters.

"We'll have to concentrate on the counters, but my players have gotten more confidence from this win," South Korea coach Park Sung-wha said.

Earlier, defending champion Brazil beat Switzerland 1-0 on a lone goal from defender Gladstone to go top of the group.

Brazil leads with four points, followed by Switzerland and South Korea with three each and Nigeria with one.

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