By Rhys Griffiths
Bolton Wanderers winger Lee Chung-Yong believes a young South Korean side can progress from Group H and reach the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup.
Lee has been named South Korea's vice-captain in Brazil this summer and ahead of tonight's opener against Russia he has expressed his confidence that the team can advance from a group that also contains Algeria and Belgium.
"We have confidence in ourselves that we can progress beyond the group stages and after that, we will see what happens," the 25-year-old told the Bolton Wanderers website. "We continued to get better with each game and training session in the run up to the tournament.
"I think for us the first game is the most important. We played Russia in a friendly match recently in Dubai, and although we lost 2-1, we played very well and learned a lot from the game."
The game with Russia kicks off at 11pm UK time tonight, and they then go on to face Algeria on Sunday and the much-fancied Belgium on Thursday next week.
Lee said: "I think that in qualifying we know we were not good enough, but for the last seven or eight months there has been a lot of good progress. We're a young team with many good, quality players.
"It is enjoyable to play in this team. There are a lot of technical players in the team right across the park. We like to play a short passing game with a lot of energy from every player."
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