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Tuesday, 4 June, 2002, 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK
South Korea make history
Guus Hiddink celebrates the win
Hiddink saluted the support from the fans
South Korea coach Guus Hiddink said he was tired but happy after his side's impressive 2-0 defeat of Poland in their opening World Cup group game.

The co-hosts managed to record their first World Cup win in 15 attempts as they dominated the match against their European opponents.

Poland barely got a look in as goals from Hwang Sun-hong and Yoo Sung-chul secured three points.

"I feel exhausted, but I'm very happy," said Hiddink, who took over as coach of the South Korea squad last year.

"Like I've said for many weeks already, this team is going at its limit.

"I'm very proud of the boys, and we also had very good support from the fans."

For the entire second half, fans decked mostly in red shirts to support their beloved "Red Devils" chanted: "Oh, Oh, Korea! Oh, Pilsung Korea".

The chant translates as "Korea's sure to win!"

Yoo Sang Choi (left) is congratulated by Seol Ki Hyeon after South Korea's second goal
South Korea's second goal sparked wild celebrations

After the match, the squad walked a slow victory lap around Busan's Asian Stadium to receive raucous cheers from almost 50,000 fans.

Hiddink paid tribute to the phenomenal support given to his team by the crowd.

"The fans were wonderful. But it's a two-way road. The fans to us and us to the fans," he said.

"Of course it's a famous win, but we cannot take time to celebrate. Instead now we have to prepare as soon as possible for our next game (against the United States)."


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