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South Korea vs. Spain

June 21, 2002|Grahame L. Jones

*--* Tonight, 11:30 PDT, at Gwangju, South Korea TV: ESPN2, Ch. 34. Delayed: Ch. 46, noon; ESPN2, 6:30 p.m How they got here: South Korea won Group D, then defeated Italy, 2-1, in overtime in the second round; Spain won Group B, then tied Ireland, 1-1, in the second round but advanced on penalty kicks, 3-2 South Korea update: Coach Guus Hiddink knows the Spanish players well, having been coach of Real Madrid. But he is more concerned about his players recovering from Tuesday's overtime victory. Defender Kim Tae-Young broke his nose in that game, midfielder Kim Nam-Il twisted an ankle and midfielder Park Ji-Sung injured a hamstring. "Those are important players, so we have some setbacks," Hiddink said. "The situation is not so good." Spain update: Coach Jose Antonio Camacho believes it is vital for his team to control the pace of the game or the Koreans might run away with it. "They're very intense, fast, and what we can't do is be infected by that," he said. "We have to play our game, keep possession and not lose the ball too much, otherwise physically they overwhelm you." Striker Raul might sit out the game because of a groin strain. Camacho dismissed the home crowd as a factor. "We will play here with all the circumstances against us," he said, "but we have the players to deal with that." Outlook: It could come down to the availability of Raul. "If he says he is 100% and the doctor says he is 100%, he will play," Camacho said. "If not, he won't." Spain should win by a goal

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