The Group H clash between South Korea and Russia began at 7 a.m. on Wednesday (Seoul Time) at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba in the central-west region of host Brazil. The two were scoreless at halftime.
Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul turned into a sea of red with fans sporting Red Devil shirts and hair bands, and holding plastic wands packing the plaza. As of 6 a.m., 12,000 fans gathered there, according to the National Police Agency.
|Fans celebrate Lee Keun-ho's first goal against Russia during their cheering in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul, Wednesday morning. (Yonhap)|
Despite rain showers, the official cheering squad of the national team, the Red Devils, launched a street cheering performance at the square from midnight, boosting the festive mood.
Yeongdongdaero, or the Yeongdong Boulevard, one of the main streets in the country's southern district of Gangnam, is a venue for some 20,000 fans, where giant screens are set up.
K-pop phenomenon Psy also joined the fans in front of COEX convention center and performed his hits, including "Gangnam Style."
|Koreans cheer for the national team during its World Cup match with Russia at Yeongdongdaero in Gangnam Wednesday morning. (Yonhap)|
"South Korea will defeat Russia in 2-1, and I believe we will make it to the round of 16," said Park Won-yong, a university school student in Seoul.
"I see fewer people here in Gwanghwamun than in the 2010 World Cup, but I still can feel passion here." (Yonhap)