South Korea, Argentina Move to World Cup Round of 16 With Mexico, Uruguay

Argentina beat Greece 2-0 to advance to the round of 16 at the World Cup in South Africa. South Korea also progressed with a 2-2 tie against Nigeria.

Argentina finished atop Group B with nine points and South Korea was second with four points. The top two in each of the eight groups qualify for the next round.

Earlier today, Uruguay defeated Mexico 1-0, allowing both teams to progress from Group A. Host South Africa beat 10-man France 2-1 as both were eliminated.

Martin Demichelis and Martin Palermo scored in the final 13 minutes in Polokwane to give Argentina its third straight victory. Argentina will play Mexico in its next game on June 27.

Lee Jung Soo and Park Chu Young scored in Durban for South Korea, which meets Uruguay on June 26.

Nigeria took the lead in the 12th minute on a goal by Kalu Uche and Lee tied the game seven minutes before halftime. Park scored with a free kick early in the second half to give South Korea a 2-1 lead.

Nigeria’s Ayegbeni Yakubu missed a wide-open goal from three yards out in the 67th minute. He scored two minutes later with a penalty kick after Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi fouled Kim Nam Il.

Teams are ranked in each group by points from group matches, followed by goal difference and goals scored in all group matches. Ultimately, world governing body FIFA can decide which team moves on by drawing lots.

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