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Football: South Korea coach apologises for porous defence

Published on Jun 23, 2014 7:03 AM
South Korea's Koo Ja-cheol, Son Heung-min and Kim Young-gwon (from right) react after losing their 2014 World Cup Group H soccer match against Algeria at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre on June 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (REUTERS) - South Korea coach Hong Myung-bo blasted his team's woeful defending in their 4-2 World Cup Group H loss to Algeria on Sunday, June 22, 2014, saying the players he picked had let him down.

"The defence wasn't what it should have been, our players were not up to standard," Hong told reporters after the defeat which left South Korea bottom of the group.

"I would like to apologise to the Korean fans and I promise we will do our best for the next match," he said.

South Korea's defending had been a major cause for concern in the leadup to the World Cup and slack play at the back cost them a goal against Russia in their 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

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