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Park helped Korea hold France to draw

Finding the net in 81st min, the Korean helped his side manage a 1-1 draw. Schedule | Teams | Results | Photos | Games

india Updated: Jun 20, 2006 12:38 IST

Park Ji-sung scored the equalizing goal in the 81st minute, helping South Korea hold France to a 1-1 draw on Sunday in Group G match of the World Cup.

Park poked the ball over France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez and out of the reach of defender William Gallas, who tried to clear the ball before it crossed the goal line.

"I'm not satisfied with myself but I'm satisfied with my team because we got a point against a very strong French team," Park said.

Thierry Henry gave France the lead in the ninth minute with his 34th international goal.

Henry profited from a favorable bounce after Sylvain Wiltord's blocked shot fell into his path. He took a stride and coolly slotted past goalkeeper Lee Woon-jae for France's first World Cup goal since it won the 1998 final.

Henry also missed a chance to score another when goalkeeper Lee Woon-jae saved his shot.

"France is a very strong team so we're very satisfied with a point," Choi Jin-cheul said.

Thousands of red-clad South Korea fans roared and kept up the noise right until the final whistle.

South Korea leads Group G with four points from two matches, with France in second place with two points. Third-place Switzerland has one point and plays Togo on Monday.

The French might need a win against Togo in their final game of the opening round to advance. Four years ago, they went out of the World Cup in the first round without scoring.

Zinedine Zidane will miss the Togo game after collecting his second yellow card of the round. Defender Eric Abidal also will be sidelined for that match.

South Korea coach Dick Advocaat played with a 4-3-3 formation, and recalled Kim Nam-il to his midfield.

Defender Lilian Thuram equaled Marcel Desailly record of 116 appearances for France.