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World Cup failure down to me - Hong

27 June 2014 01:06

South Korea coach Hong Myung-Bo has accepted the blame for his team's FIFA World Cup failure as he weighs up whether to stay on.

Hong's men went into Thursday's final Group H clash needing to beat Belgium comfortably and hope that Algeria dropped points against Russia.

Fabio Capello's side held Algeria to a 1-1 draw, but in Sao Paulo Korea ultimately lost 1-0 to 10-man Belgium, who had Steven Defour dismissed just before the break.

The defeat sees Korea finish bottom of the group with a single point, which was picked up in their opener against Russia, and Hong - who appears to be considering his future after just a year in the job - conceded that they failed due to him.

"I'm sorry if this has put a damper on your morale," he said.

"It's difficult to give a grade to my players. There were a lot of trials and errors.

"I think our players did their best during the whole process. It's difficult to self-evaluate but it was my shortcomings as a coach that caused this result.

"I will decide later on whether I will stay in the job.

"We played quite well and there were chances where we could have counter-attacked. When the Belgian player (Defour) got the red card the situation changed and I think we concentrated too much on the centre."

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Competition
World Cup
Date
26 June 2014
Game week
3
Kick-off
22:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 1

Goals

0 - 1

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