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Saturday, 22 June, 2002, 09:57 GMT 10:57 UK
Camacho hits out
Spanish midfielder Joaquin was the only player to miss a penalty in the shootout
Joaquin collapses in despair after missing a penalty
Spain coach Jose Antonio Camacho was unhappy with the referee after his side lost 5-3 to South Korea in a penalty shootout in their World Cup quarter-final.

Egyptian Gamal Ghandour ruled out three Spanish goals, including one by Fernando Morientes in extra time, which all of Spain will believe should have stood.

"I thought the referee would be fairer in a quarter-final match like this," said Camacho after the match finished 0-0 at the end of extra time.

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Fernando Morientes

"We fought to the end and worked so hard but we went out because South Korea were luckier than us. I am just sorry we couldn't go any further."

Ghandour ruled out Morientes' header when one of his linesmen flagged because he thought the ball had crossed the goalline before Joaquin crossed into the box.

Television replays showed that the ball was kept in play.

Camacho conveyed his annoyance at Fifa over the controversial match incidents.

"We thought there was going to be more of a precaution to avoid this from happening, but it appears Fifa isn't interested.

"There are too many games ending this way. This isn't very good for football."

A disappointed Morientes said afterwards that he had never seen refereeing like it before.

Jose Antonio Camacho was unhappy with several refereeing decisions during Spain's defeat to South Korea
Heated debate: Camacho protests a decision

"It could have turned the game around and we are talking about the quarter-finals of a World Cup not a friendly match played just anywhere.

"Two goals disallowed - that has never been seen."

Korea's last opponents Italy, who expressed their annoyance with a series of ruled-out goals during the tournament, might disagree.

And Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas said that referees had been favouring the Koreans throughout the tournament.

"We'd already seen this when South Korea played against the United States, Portugal and Italy," he said.

Defeat was particularly hard for Casillas to take after he pulled off two heroic shootout saves to put his country into the last eight at the expense of the Republic of Ireland.

"Penalties are a lottery. We won last week and today we lost.

"We've been dumped out without losing a match. Now we must wait four years assuming we qualify for Germany 2006."


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