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ULSAN, South Korea -- South Korea fell 1-0 to Iran Monday night, and luckily held on to secure second place on goal difference to qualify for their eighth straight World Cup appearance.

Iran won the group with 16 points, two ahead of Korea, which finished joint second with Uzbekistan, which won 5-1 at home against Qatar. Korea finished ahead of Uzbekistan by a plus one goal difference.

Forward Reza Ghoochannejhad notched the games only goal, capitalizing on an error by defender Kim Young-gwon to score the winner in the 60th minute.

South Korea will now head to Brazil in search of a coach with Choi Kang-hee departing, keeping a promise he made when he took over the squad in 2011 to leave after the end of the Asian qualifiers. 

Photo: Reuters

S. Korea Loses to Iran, Punches Ticket to Brazil


ULSAN, South Korea — South Korea fell 1-0 to Iran Monday night, and luckily held on to secure second place on goal difference to qualify for their eighth straight World Cup appearance.

Iran won the group with 16 points, two ahead of Korea, which finished joint second with Uzbekistan, which won 5-1 at home against Qatar. Korea finished ahead of Uzbekistan by a plus one goal difference.

Forward Reza Ghoochannejhad notched the games only goal, capitalizing on an error by defender Kim Young-gwon to score the winner in the 60th minute.

South Korea will now head to Brazil in search of a coach with Choi Kang-hee departing, keeping a promise he made when he took over the squad in 2011 to leave after the end of the Asian qualifiers. 

Photo: Reuters


 

 

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