South Korea's journey to World Cup holds much promise (2)

13:02, May 14, 2010      

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But South Korea turned things around in the match against Saudi Arabia in November of 2008, when it beat the Middle Eastern country 2-0, which was the Taegeuk Warriors' first victory over the Saudis in 19 years.

Three months later, South Korea was able to eke out a 1-1 draw with Iran in Tehran and followed it up with two consecutive wins versus the DPRK and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which all but sealed South Korea's ticket to the 2010 World Cup.

In fact, the South Koreans finished the Asian qualifying rounds with seven wins and seven draws, keeping its undefeated streak alive for 17 straight matches over the span of 21 months, until losing to Serbia in a friendly match held late last year.

During the two Asian qualifying rounds, South Korea scored 22 goals while giving up only seven, and the leading scorers during the qualifying rounds were Park Ji-sung of Manchester United and Park Chu-young of AS Monaco, who each contributed four goals apiece for the Taegeuk Warriors.

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