Lee optimistic of Korea Republic progress
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Veteran goalkeeper Lee Woon-Jae has backed Korea Republic to beat Nigeria on Tuesday to keep their FIFA World Cup™ campaign alive with only a second appearance in the knockout stage.

After recording an impressive opening day 2-0 win over Greece, Korea Republic suffered a 4-1 defeat by rampant Argentina. But Huh Jung-moo's side know victory over Nigeria would secure a place in the last 16 for only the second time and first time on foreign soil following their success in 2002 - as long as Greece fail to beat Group B leaders Argentina.

"A more important match than the previous two games awaits us," said 37-year-old Lee, who is making his fourth FIFA World Cup finals appearance but has not played in the two opening Group B outings.

"The players are going through much preparation and we expect good results from the match. The best result we can gain is a victory. Such a result can only be achieved with the attitude and longing for a victory."

Nigeria have suffered back-to-back defeats by Argentina and Greece but know three points would also keep their hopes of qualification alive as long as Argentina beat Greece.