DPR Korea fight bravely, says coach

13:40, June 16, 2010      

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Head coach praised the DPR Korea's mentality and first half play following his side 1-2 loss to Brazil in their World Cup Group G opener on Tuesday.

"We fought bravely," said Kim Jong-hun.

DPR Korea were well-prepared against a talented Brazilian team and carried out the plan including quick-passing in the first half, according to the coach.

Maicon's miraculous goal from by-line and Elano's perfectly-timed slot helped Brazil beat a tenacious DPR Korean team.

Maicon emulated Marco van Basten's stunt in 1988 Euro final by finding the DPR Korean net from the acutest of angles at the 55th minute.

Elano put 2-0 ahead before Kim Yun Nam pulled one back at the 89th minute.

"I am very happy with this goal," said the DPR Korean coach.

Brazil coach Dunga was relieved after the opening win, admitting the first World Cup game was always full of nervous anxiety.

Maicon was one of the few players who love the World Cup Jabulani ball.

"The ball is favorable to us and helped Brazil score. But it is not good for keeper," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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