Praise for North Korea in World Cup

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010  |  Updated 11:00 AM CDT
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Praise for North Korea in World Cup

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15: Robinho of Brazil challenges Ji Yun-Nam of North Korea for the ball during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between Brazil and North Korea at Ellis Park Stadium on June 15, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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North Korea's coach praised his team for playing "bravely" in its opening 2-1 loss to Brazil at the World Cup.

After a scoreless first half, Brazil broke through a solid North Korean defense in the second Tuesday night. North Korea's lone goal was scored in the 89th minute.

North Korea's coach said the match provided the players with valuable experience and confidence as they prepare for games against Portugal and Ivory Coast.

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