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Lee Young-Pyo has a famous win against Spanish opposition under his belt - now he's after another in the UEFA Cup.
Lee Young-Pyo has a famous win against Spanish opposition under his belt - now he's after another in the UEFA Cup.The in-form full-back was a member of the South Korea team that toppled Spain in a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Gwangju in 2002. The hosts went on to reach the semi-finals, where their dream was finally ended by Germany.
Young-Pyo will now face Spanish opposition again when we take on La Liga title-challengers Sevilla in the UEFA Cup quarter-final, first leg tonight (Thursday, 7.45pm UK).
“I have played against Spanish teams a few times, in friendlies, but not in European competition,” said Young-Pyo, who reached the semi-finals of the Champions League with PSV in 2005.
“Of course, I remember the game against the national team, a famous game that we won in the World Cup. Spanish teams are very strong in attack, the players are technical and can keep possession, so it's important not to give them space and time, to mark tightly.”
Not surprisingly, as a defender, Young-Pyo sees a clean sheet as target number one for the first leg in Seville.
“Every player has to stay together, to defend and attack as a unit,” he added. “When they have the ball, we must close down the space. Our attacking ability is very good and usually we can create chances but the most important thing this time is a clean sheet.”
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