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Korea send nine-man Portugal home

You're off: Joao Pinto sees red
You're off: Joao Pinto sees red  

INCHEON, South Korea (CNN) -- South Korea wrote a new chapter in the World Cup history books by booking their place in the last 16 on a miserable night for Portugal.

Park Ji-Sung fired the only goal 20 minutes from time after two Portugal players had been sent off by Argentinian referee Angel Sanchez.

The victory handed a lifeline to the U.S., beaten 3-1 by Poland in Friday's other group game but still finishing second in Group D. (Full story)

South Korea's qualification maintains the record of every World Cup host making the second round. Earlier on Friday co-hosts Japan sealed their place in the last 16 with a 2-0 win over Tunisia. (Full story)

Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans packed the capital Seoul before the game in an unprecedented show of football fervour and the nation began a massive party as the final whistle was blown.

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But for Portugal, top seeds in the group, the post mortem is beginning as their star-studded side follow France and Argentina in a shock first round exit.

After being beaten 3-2 by the USA then hammering Poland 4-0, they needed a draw to go through.

But Korea stifled their passing game and trouble started in the 28th minute when Joao Pinto was sent off after diving in, studs showing, on Park Ji-sung. Portuguese players surrounded Argentinian referee Angel Sanchez and shouted their protests.

But as Portugal lost their composure, Korea began to dominate the match.

It got worse for Portugal midway through the second half when Paulo Bento was sent off for his second yellow card.

And their misery was complete when Park Ji-Sung controlled the ball with two touches and lashed it past keeper Vitor Baia.

Portugal threw everyone forward and nearly snatched an equaliser a minute before the end but Sergio Conceicao's shot cannoned back off the inside of a post.

Portugal Vitor Baia; Beto Severo, Jorge Costa, Fernando Couto, Rui Jorge; Armando Petit, Paulo Bento; Sergio Conceicao, Joao Pinto, Luis Figo; Pauleta

South Korea Lee Woon-jae; Song Chong-gug, Choi Jin-cheul, Hong Myung-bo, Kim Tae-young; Lee Young-pyo, Kim Nam-il, Yoo Sang-chul; Park Ji-sung, Ahn Jung-hwan, Seol Ki-hyeon

Referee Angel Sanchez (Argentina)



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