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South Korea 2-0 Greece

Huh grateful for South Korea victory

June 12, 2010
By Soccernet staff

South Korea coach Huh Jung-Moo claimed his side's 2-0 win against Greece in their World Cup Group B opener was "just the beginning" for the Warriors.

Park Ji-Sung
GettyImagesPark Ji-Sung: Skipper celebrates his goal

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South Korea took the lead at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth with just seven minutes gone when central defender Lee Jung-Soo volleyed home Ki Sung-Yueng's free-kick.

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung capitalised on an error by defender Avraam Papadopoulos to secure the points with the second goal after 52 minutes.

After the match, Huh, who became the first South Korean-born coach to lead his country to a World Cup finals victory, said: "The first game of any tournament is difficult, but my players really played very well, so I am very grateful.

"But we are just at the beginning now. We have more matches to play and we have to prepare for those games just as well."

Greece boss Otto Rehhagel admitted that his team had been second-best on the day.

He said: "We were unlucky in a couple of situations towards the end of the match, but it was a deserved victory for South Korea."

South Korea skipper Park said his team were now focused on causing an upset in their next match, against group favourites Argentina on June 17.

Park said: "Argentina is, of course, the strongest team in our group and people are saying they could make the final. They have a lot of top international players.

"Before the World Cup, we played a friendly against Spain and we thought about Argentina as we were playing that game.

"Of course, there is a lot of difference between the two teams, but the unexpected can happen in this World Cup, and that is what we are looking to do."