Martin O'Neill

Korean success no surprise - MON

by Stuart Vose

Boss ready to cheer on striker at Olympics.

Martin O'Neill isn't surprised to see Ji Dong-won and South Korea in the running for a gold medal at the Olympics.

The Koreans have made their mark in London and eliminated Great Britain on penalties in their last outing after Sunderland striker Ji Dong-won scored a screamer in a 1-1 draw.

They face Brazil in the semi-finals at Old Trafford tonight with the winners guaranteed at least a a silver medal.

Dong-won and the Taeguk Warriors have made quite an impression but O'Neill for one always felt they would do well.

"It really is fantastic, but when you think about it the Koreans did brilliantly a few World Cups ago," he said.

"Obviously we had an experience out there too. These lads can play and it comes as no real shock to me to see them doing well.

"We'd like Ji to be starting the games but that's the prerogative of the manager and he may well do so tonight, I don't know.

"It's great to see him doing very well and obviously we are all cheering him on."