The one point was enough to allow South Korea to finish second in Group B and advance to the knockout round. The online betting loss cost Nigeria a spot in the round of 16 as with a win they would have advanced.
Internet betting odds will have South Korea facing Uruguay on Saturday in the knockout round. South Korea got goals from Lee Jung-soo and Park Chu-young in a back and forth game against Nigeria. South Korea trailed early as Kalu Uche scored in the 12th minute for Nigeria. South Korea took a 2-1 lead but Ayegbeni Yakubu scored on a 69th-minute penalty kick to tie the match. It was a tough draw for Nigeria since they would have advanced to the next round with a win based on Argentina’s win over Greece. Nigeria is 0-6-2 in their past eight World Cup matches. African nations have had very little success as they are 2-7-5 in the World Cup.
Argentina took the top spot in Group B as they defeated Greece 2-0. Argentina has been on of the most impressive teams in the World Cup so far and they are favored in Internet betting odds against Mexico on Sunday in the knockout round. South Korea is an underdog in online betting to Uruguay in the other knockout round match from Group A and B survivors.
Nigeria became the third African team officially eliminated from the World Cup as Cameroon was already out while South Africa was eliminated on Tuesday. Ivory Coast is mathematically alive but they are out as well as it would take a monumental win for them over North Korea and a Portugal collapse against Brazil to get them through.
Nigeria really had the best chance of the African teams as they just needed a win against South Korea to advance. They even scored first but in the 38th minute they gave up the equalizer. Just after the break it was Park giving South Korea the lead on a great free kick. Yakubu tied the match for Nigeria with more than 20 minutes left but Nigeria could not get the game winner.