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Tuesday, 11 June, 2002, 22:54 GMT 23:54 UK
Dudek's parting wish
Jerzy Dudek faces up to the disappointment of World Cup elimination
Jerzy Dudek was beaten four times by Portugal
Jerzy Dudek has promised to help South Korea reach the knockout stages of the World Cup.

The Poland goalkeeper, who plays his club football for Liverpool, has been bowled over by the co-hosts' hospitality.

And although Poland can no longer progress, Dudek intends to lead his team to a win over United States that would virtually ensure South Korea's qualification from Group D.

South Korea face fancied Portugal on Friday and victory for the Europeans could see the tournament hosts knocked out unless Poland do them a favour.

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Now we have to try to qualify for the Euro - I hope the experience we learned here is good
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Jerzy Dudek
Poland goalkeeper

"We have to make a gift to the Korean people who looked after us very well," Dudek said.

"They were friendly and the people want to qualify. We have to get a good result for Korea.

"It's a bit disappointing to have lost the two games. Before the World Cup, my dream was something different.

"When we looked at the group with United States and Korea we thought we could go through behind Portugal. That we had a good chance. The reality is now different."

Dudek said a series of warm-up matches against weak sides had been partially to blame for their early departure.

"Maybe if we had played against stronger teams like Korea, maybe we would have learned some good lessons and used them in the World Cup.

"Now, we have to try to qualify for the Euro in two years. I hope the experience we learned here is good for my team," he said.


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