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IN BRIEF / 2002 WORLD CUP / SOUTH KOREA

Millions Celebrate Victory Over Italy

June 19, 2002

Millions of red-clad South Koreans waved national flags, shouted "Oh, Korea's sure to win!" and danced Tuesday night to celebrate the country's first trip to the World Cup quarterfinals.

In downtown Seoul, more than 1 million fans erupted with chants of "Dae Han Min Kuk!" ("Republic of Korea!") when striker Ahn Jung-Hwan headed home the winning goal in overtime to beat Italy, 2-1.

Thousands of firecrackers illuminated the night sky.

President Kim Dae-Jung, who watched the game in his office with his entire Cabinet, said the victory was a good omen for his country.

Compiled by Fernando Dominguez

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