South Korea clinched a place in the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time on foreign soil despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Nigeria in their final Group B match in Durban.

Kalu Uche opened the scoring for the African team in the 12th minute. Lee Jung-soo equalised in the 38th minute and then Park Chu-young's free-kick early in the second half turned the match on its head.

Korea shot themselves in the foot when substitute Kim Nam-Il brought down Chinedu Obasi inside the area midway through the second half. Ayegbeni Yakubu, having missed the easiest of tap-ins seconds earlier, made amends by restoring parity from the penalty spot.

The outcome sealed second spot in the group for Korea and a second-round match against Uruguay on Saturday in Port Elizabeth. Argentina, who beat Greece 2-0, topped the pool.

South Korea enjoyed a strong start and almost took the lead after two minutes, but Bolton's Lee Chung-yong directed his close-range effort just wide of the far post. And it was Nigeria who took a surprise lead 10 minutes later.

In their first purposeful attack, Chidi Odiah went on a superb run and crossed towards the heart of the area, where Uche beat Cha Du-ri to the ball and fired past Jung Sung-ryong.

The Koreans found the equaliser before the break when Ki Sung-yueng's free-kick towards the far post was met by Lee Jung-soo, whose first-time finish beat Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

Korea picked up where they left off after the interval and went ahead in the 48th minute. Park Chu-young's free-kick swerved towards the post and Enyeama failed to get a touch.

Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback introduced Obafemi Martins to replace Kanu in the 56th minute in the hope he could spark his team to life.

Nigeria should have pulled level seconds later after Uche set up an unmarked Yakubu, but he inexplicably tapped wide of an open goal from two yards - much to the horror of his team-mates. But Yakubu made amends soon after by firing a spot-kick past Jung Sung-ryong.

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