Korea Glad Despite Defeat


•North Korea’s Tae-Se Jong: In tear of joy after the match against Brazil yesterday.

There were tears last night as North Korea stunned mighty Brazil.

Tae-Se Jong was crying as the national anthems rang out around the Ellis Park stadium in Jo’burg.

And there was more sobbing after a game that saw the minnows keep the five-times world champions heroically at bay for 55 minutes.

•North Korea’s Tae-Se Jong: In tear of joy after the match against Brazil yesterday.

North Korea coach Jong-Hun Kim said: “We defended very well and we fought bravely.

“I think we gained a lot of experience and, for the remaining two games, we have gained confidence.

“The Brazilian team is very strong and, although we were unable to win the game, I believe our players fought very well.”

Samba strike star Robinho admitted: “It wasn’t our best match but at least we got the win, That’s what matters now.”

Maicon broke North Korean hearts with the opener, while Elano made the game safe with a second after 72 minutes.

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But there was still a twist as Yun-Nam Ji kept his head to shock Brazil with a superb goal a minute from time.

Maicon admitted his career flashed before him when he scored.

He said: “I thought of everything which I went through to get to this moment. It was my first World Cup match, I didn’t cry but I was very happy with the goal I scored.

“Everyone has been complaining about this World Cup ball but I can’t have any complaints.

“It really did me a giant favour the way it swerved at the last minute. It made it very difficult for the keeper.”

Brazil coach Dunga said: “The start is the most difficult match.  You have a long wait for this and the anxiety builds up. I’m satisfied with the win but I want more – I want us to score more goals.

“People will think Maicon’s goal was the result of a fluke. Far from it. That’s about the third time I’ve seen him score goals like that!”

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