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Friday, June 23, 2006
Advancing Swiss: 'The luck was with us'

HANOVER, June 23 (Reuters) - Switzerland said luck was on their side in the 2-0 World Cup win over South Korea which gave them top spot in Group G on Friday.

'It was a very intense match, South Korea are a good team and we were a bit lucky at times, but we deserved the win I think overall,' Swiss coach Kobi Kuhn said.

The South Koreans were angry after referee Horacio Elizondo ignored a linesman's flag and allowed Switzerland's second goal to stand in the 77th minute.

'I think the ball was deflected on its way to me by one of the Koreans. It was one of those 50-50 things but fortunately the luck was with us,' Frei said.

South Korea's coach Dick Advocaat said he was pleased with his team's efforts.

'We knew beforehand that on set pieces they would be dangerous and they were, Swiss controlled the game in first half,' he said.

'In the second half we deserved more than nothing. We were just not good enough in the end,' he added.

'Most of the decisions didn't go our way and some were not to our liking.'




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