Nigeria v South Korea

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Nigeria may have lost their first two games, but the Super Eagles can still qualify for the last 16 if they beat South Korea and the Greeks lose to Argentina. If it had not been for a moment of stupidity from Sani Kaita, their fate could still be in their own hands. The Nigerians looked in control against Greece on Tuesday until Kaita needlessly kicked out at Vasileios Torosidis, earning a red card.

He later apologised to "the Nigerian people, my team-mates and to the officials", but has received threatening emails following the incident. Kaita's team-mates have rallied round him, and if the Super Eagles reach the last 16 the midfielder's transgression will quickly be forgotten.

South Korea impressed in their opening win against the Greeks but were unable to contain Argentina at Soccer City. However, they still look the favourites to claim second spot in Group B. If the Argentines beat Greece, Huh Jung-moo's men will only need a point to qualify. He does not want his side to play for the draw, but admits "we will not go forward by opening the back door".

A survey in South Korea has revealed that almost 80% of fans think their team will progress to the next round. If they are successful, it will be the first time the Koreans have gone beyond the group stage on foreign soil.

Genre:

Sport

Length:

90 minutes

Year:

2010

Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

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