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South Korea blames defensive lapses for defeat

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm •  Published: June 22, 2014

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — For the man who led South Korea's defense during its journey to the World Cup semifinals in 2002, the performance of the team's backline and goalkeeper against Algeria on Sunday must have been especially hard to watch.

It was too easy for the African nation, which scored three goals before 40 minutes were up, all but killing South Korea's chances of victory.

"Ultimately, we lacked concentration, and we weren't able to respond to the Algerian attack with intelligence," said Hong Myung-Bo, who was a central defender in four South Korean World Cup teams and now coaches the side.

South Korea has progressed past the group stage in two of the last three World Cups.

The 4-2 loss Sunday means further progress this time around now looks unlikely from Group H.