|Spain||3 - 5||Korea Republic|
|(HT: 0 - 0)|
|After extra time and penalties. Normal time score 0-0. Korea Republic win 5-3 on penalties.|
Gwangju World Cup Stadium
Gamal Ghandour (EGY)
|1||22 Jun 2002||Kim Nam-Il||Player Out||First Half||32||A|
|2||22 Jun 2002||Lee Eul-Yong||Substitute In||First Half||32||A|
|3||22 Jun 2002||Yoo Sang-Chul||Yellow Card||Second Half||7||A|
|4||22 Jun 2002||Francisco de Pedro||Yellow Card||Second Half||8||H|
|5||22 Jun 2002||Yoo Sang-Chul||Player Out||Second Half||15||A|
|6||22 Jun 2002||Lee Chun-Soo||Substitute In||Second Half||15||A|
|7||22 Jun 2002||Francisco de Pedro||Player Out||Second Half||25||H|
|8||22 Jun 2002||Gaizka Mendieta||Substitute In||Second Half||25||H|
|9||22 Jun 2002||Juan Carlos Valeron||Player Out||Second Half||35||H|
|10||22 Jun 2002||Luis Enrique Martinez||Substitute In||Second Half||35||H|
|11||22 Jun 2002||Kim Tae-Young||Player Out||Second Half||45||A|
|12||22 Jun 2002||Hwang Sun-Hong||Substitute In||Second Half||45||A|
|13||22 Jun 2002||Ivan Helguera||Player Out||Extra Time #1||3||H|
|14||22 Jun 2002||Xavi Hernandez||Substitute In||Extra Time #1||3||H|
|15||22 Jun 2002||Fernando Morientes||Yellow Card||Extra Time #2||6||H|
|16||22 Jun 2002||Hwang Sun-Hong||Goal (shoot-out)||Penalties||1||A|
|17||22 Jun 2002||Fernando Hierro||Goal (shoot-out)||Penalties||2||H|
|18||22 Jun 2002||Park Ji-Sung||Goal (shoot-out)||Penalties||3||A|
|19||22 Jun 2002||Ruben Baraja||Goal (shoot-out)||Penalties||4||H|
|20||22 Jun 2002||Seol Ki-Hyeon||Goal (shoot-out)||Penalties||5||A|
|21||22 Jun 2002||Xavi Hernandez||Goal (shoot-out)||Penalties||6||H|
|22||22 Jun 2002||Ahn Jung-Hwan||Goal (shoot-out)||Penalties||7||A|
|23||22 Jun 2002||Joaquin Sanchez||Penalty miss||Penalties||8||H|
|24||22 Jun 2002||Hong Myung-Bo||Goal (shoot-out)||Penalties||9||A|
|South Korea beat Spain 5-3 in a penalty shootout victory to reach the World Cup semi-finals after 120 minutes had failed to produce a goal. Skipper Hong Myung-Bo became the hero of Korea when he blasted home the winning penalty after Spain's Joaquin had failed to tie the score at 4-4. While Hong was being hugged by his teammates a tearful Joaquin was led off the field by teammates trying to console him. Joaquin missed as goalkeeper Lee Woon-Jae guessed correctly and dived to his left. Amazingly, Lee had faced seven penalty shootouts for his club Suwon Bluewings. And he had won the lot. Korea's victory makes them the first ever Asian team to reach the semi-finals of a World Cup. They now meet Germany in Seoul next Tuesday for a place in the final in Yokohama, Japan, on June 30. Spain had been seeking to reach the World Cup semi-finals for only the second time after 1950 and the luck had been on their side in the previous round as they saw off Ireland in a shootout. This time lady luck shone on the Koreans, whose scarlet-shirted 'Red Devils' fans went wild at the end.
"I am so happy for the boys who fought to the end," said Korea's Dutch coach Guus Hiddink.
"More dreams have come true. If you don't mind we will have a little glass of champagne now and celebrate and then concentrate on the next match.
"I am so proud of these guys," added Hiddink.
The Koreans had to fight tooth and nail for their win, however, as Spain dominated most of the encounter. The South Koreans had seen off Italy against all the odds in the previous round with Ahn Jung-Hwan netting only the third golden goal in the tournament's history. But here extra-time produced only stalemate. In truth, it was a hard luck story for the Spanish. Ruben Baraja had nodded into the net for the Spaniards five minutes after the interval but Egyptian referee Gamal Ghandour had already blown for some shirt tugging. Fernando Morientes then also headed home two minutes into extra-time from a Joaquin cross but that effort was likewise ruled out by a linesman's flag - apparently in the mistaken belief the ball had crossed the goalline. Morientes, playing without his injured Real Madrid clubmate and usual strike partner Raul, then struck the post in the 100th minute as the South Korean fans collectively held their breath. When Hong scored his penalty they let out a passionate roar. The Spaniards had dominated in terms of possession and eked out several chances in normal time as they settled down quickly despite the shrieking crowd, virtually all clad in Korean scarlet t-shirts. The Koreans were appearing in the last eight for the first time after five previous finals appearances had failed to produce a single win. And for extra-time Hiddink elected to throw on veteran forward Hwang Sun-Hong for Kim Tae-Young. Hwang miscued a volley and forced Casillas to save a low effort as the crowd endured a tortuous second period of extra-time, Choi Jin-Cheul heading well over as the final seconds ran out. Both sides made a tentative opening but the Spanish, used to playing in front of equally fierce domestic crowds even larger than the 42,000 here, were more than holding their own early on as they took the game to their hosts. Baraja sent an ambitious overhead kick wide in the sole attempt on goal of the opening 20 minutes. The Spanish were hit at the start by news that Raul had lost his battle to start owing to a groin strain picked up a week ago against Ireland. That left Morientes as Spain's sole true striker and he almost gave Spain the lead on 27 minutes with a towering header which Lee Woon-Jae fielded right by his left hand post. Real veteran defender Fernando Hierro then twice went close with headers before the break, while Francisco Javier De Pedro drove inches wide. But their territorial dominance counted ultimately for nothing.
(courtesy of dailysoccer)
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