Despite posting a bright 1-0 win over Honduras in their final game, Korea Republic are going home due to Cameroon's draw against Italy in the concurrent Group D game.

The Koreans showed that the 3-0 loss to Italy had not dampened their spirits by coming out strongly, boosted by vocal support from the crowd in Shanghai. Although they had the lion's share of the possession and the greater enterprise, the Asian team didn't break the deadlock until the 23rd minute...but the goal was worth waiting for.

After a neat move out of defence, Kim Dong-Jin received the ball on the left side of midfield; moving on up the park, he played a deft one-two with Lee Keun-Ho before sending a sensational shot past Honduran keeper Obed Enamorado from just outside the box with his right foot. Enamorado, who had a good game otherwise, deserved some sympathy: few goalkeepers in the world would have dealt adequately with Kim's rocket.

Honduras showed more vitality in a second half which featured some chances for both sides. On 53 minutes, Korean substitute Cho Young-Cheol found himself one-on-one with Enamorado, but could only prod his shot into the goalkeeper's arms. Then it was down the other end, and Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryong made a splendid save to his right, to deny Honduras' Luis Lopez.

Honduras continued to take the game to the Koreans, but there was no-one to apply the finishing touch to their many promising moves. 1-0 it finished, and the Koreans head for home with their heads held high, while the Hondurans, despite their three losses, have scarcely been disgraced.