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S.Korea Faces Turkey in World Cup 3rd Place Game - 2002-06-28


Each of the World Cup co-hosts has one more football match to stage. Before Sunday's title game in Japan between Germany and Brazil, South Korea gets to play on home turf one more time - in the third place playoff against Turkey Saturday night (7 am EDT) in Daegu.

The vocal fans of the South Korean football team, nicknamed the "Red Devils," will have one last chance at the 2002 World Cup to root for their team - a team that will try to earn the bragging rights as the most successful outsider at a tournament that has been full of surprises.

Turkey knocked out Japan in the second round by a 1-0 score, offering further incentive for South Korea, which has already performed better than any other Asian nation in World Cup history.

Once again, millions of South Korean supporters are expected to fill city streets and plazas around the country to watch their team on huge public video screens.

South Korea's coach, Guus Hiddink, says his team will feel obligated to go all out to take third place. He says Turkey likes to attack, as well, and has technically skilled players. So, it should be an entertaining match for all, especially those Koreans lucky enough to have tickets to the wrap up World Cup play in their nation.

The championship match between Germany and Brazil is set for Sunday in Yokohama, Japan.

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