The United States and South Korea have played to 1-1 tie in their World Cup Group D match.
Nearly 61,000 fans packed the stadium and the stands were filled almost entirely with Koreans wearing red in support of their team.
They were loud throughout the game, and the volume increased every time their team advanced toward the U.S. goal. And they did that frequently throughout the match, possessing the ball 57 percent of the time. The Koreans also had far more good scoring chances than the USA.
But it was the Americans who scored first, with Clint Mathis controlling a high pass into the middle of the box and firing a left-footer inside the right post. Mathis, who had been the team's top scorer in recent games before the World Cup, did not play in the opening 3-2 win against Portugal, so he was pleased with his contribution. "It was a just a great feeling, to first of all be in my first World Cup match and to be able to score my first World Cup goal,"he said. "You know, it is hard to even explain it in words. But anytime I can go out there on such a world stage, it is a great feeling."
The Koreans were left without a great feeling when they had a 40th minute penalty kick blocked by Brad Friedel. But after constant pressure they finally got the equalizer in the 78th minute on a header by Ahn Jung Hwan. The 1-1 draw leaves South Korea and the USA tied with four points to share first place in Group D with one round-robin match to play.