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NORTH Korea's coach praised his team for playing "bravely" in their opening 2-1 defeat by Brazil at the World Cup, but forward Jong Tae Se was crushed at not having scored.
After a scoreless first half, Brazil broke through a solid North Korean defence in the second half on Tuesday, with Maicon and Elano both scoring. North Korea's Ji Yun Nam scored his team's lone goal in the 89th minute.
"We may not have won the match but our players showed very strong form, and they fought bravely," said coach Kim Jong Hun. "I'm happy that we scored one goal against Brazil, and am very proud of my players."
He said the first half went as planned, with North Korea mounting a firm defence and creating scoring opportunities. The match provided the players with valuable experience and confidence as they prepare for games against Portugal and Ivory Coast, Kim said.
North Korea's official news agency reported a "seesaw battle" between Brazil and North Korea, and the nation's state-run TV station was set to air the match last night.
Jong, North Korea's leading scorer, told the Japan-based Choson Sinbo newspaper he was pleased with how the team played but that it was "disappointing that we didn't win". - Sapa-AP