World Cup soccer comes to Koreatown

About 5,000 soccer fans gathered around big screens in Koreatown today to watch the World Cup match between Argentina and South Korea, which was shown live starting at 4:30 a.m.

Radio Korea put up two screens in the 3700 block of Wilshire Boulevard to show the match, according to Los Angeles police. The game was being played in Johannesburg, South Africa.

By halftime, Argentina was leading 2-1, with South Korea scoring just before the break.

Going into the match, Argentina and South Korea were tied at the top of Group B with 3 points each. In their opening matches Saturday, Argentina defeated Nigeria, 1-0, and South Korea beat Greece, 2-0.

Regardless of the outcome today, both teams have one more match left in group play, and a chance to still advance to the knockout rounds.

Most of the people gathered today near Wilshire and Western Avenue were wearing red to show their support for South Korea, a video crew reported.

Vendors were selling Korean "fusion" food, water, soft drinks and Red Bull, RMG News reported.

South Korea and Japan hosted the World Cup in 2002, when South Korea made it to the semifinals and Argentina did not make it past the group stage. Argentina won the World Cup as hosts in 1978 and in Mexico in 1986.

At 7 a.m., Greece and Nigeria square off in another Group B match in Bloemfontein.

At 11:30 a.m., thousands of supporters of Mexico will be riveted to television screens as their team takes on France in a Group A match in Polokwane.

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