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World Cup: Fans flood Gwanghwamun Square to cheer for S Korea

Tens of thousands of South Korean’s football fans were out in the streets across the country early Wednesday morning to catch their Taeguk Warriors take on Russia in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

SEOUL: Tens of thousands of South Korean’s football fans were out in the streets across the country early Wednesday morning to catch their Taeguk Warriors take on Russia in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul turned into a sea of red with fans sporting their Red Devil shirts. The 'Red Devil' is the nickname of the official cheering squad. 

The World Cup has become a favourite national event as South Korea has qualified for the last eight consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments.

And even South Korean pop star Psy was there at Gangnam to perform ahead of the match.

"I hope all our energy here will be transferred to the other side of the earth so that our players will be strong and give us good results," said Psy.

For these fans, they have waited for four years to see their Taeguk Warriors in action.

And 68 minutes into the game, the moment that they had all been waiting for finally arrived when Lee Keun-ho broke the deadlock with a rasping drive.

But jubilation quickly turned into grief and despair as Russia equalised six minutes later.

The match against Russia may have ended in a 1-1 draw but fans are confident of a victory in the next match against Algeria.

Police were deployed to various places where large screens were set up to ensure smooth traffic as the game ended just before the morning rush hour started.

And when South Korea meets Algeria for their next match on June 23, Koreans will once again put on their cheering squad shirts and pack Gwanghwamun Square.

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