Last Updated: 22/06/10 10:57pm
FULL-TIME: The referee blows the final whistle and South Korea will join Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup. The Super Eagles had their chances but failed to take them as the hard working Taeguk Warriors progress to the second round. The Koreans will face Uruguay while Argentina will take on Mexico just as they did at the same stage four years ago. Nigeria follow fellow African nations Cameroon and hosts South Africa out of the tournament.
Nigeria look for an opening in a desperate finish to this game. Danny Shittu is penalised for holding back Park Chu-young.
Three minutes of stoppage time as Obinna has another pop at goal from distance, but this time Jung Sung-ryong is untroubled as the ball flies well wide.
Victor Obinna shows fine composure to swivel and left fly with a right-foot strike which shudders the side-netting. Some people in the stadium thought that was in.
Argentina have made it 2-0 against Greece and its all down to the final few moments in Durban now as Nigeria look for the opening.
The Taeguk Warriors are now looking to hold what they have and hit Nigeria on the counter attack when they get an opportunity.
A great chance for Nigeria. Chinedu Obasi finds substitute Obafemi Martins in space but the former Newcastle striker's attempted chip falls just wide of the far post. He just put too much into that as he attempted a precise finish.
Nigeria are desperately trying to push players forward. They certainly have the ability. One goal for The Super Eagles now will take them through as we enter the final ten minutes of this entertaining match.
The news has come through that Argentina lead Greece 1-0, so as things stand, South Korea will join the South Americans in the second round.
Park Ji-sung picks out Lee Chung-yong in lots of space but his measured effort is pushed around the far post by Enyeama.
Park Ji-sung shows some neat skill as he skips away from Uwa Elderson before rifling his low drive against the side netting.
A game of real drama in Durban. The Nigerians are not giving up without a fight. Chinedu Obasi goes down with cramp.
Cha Du-ri digs out a cross down the right which Danny Shittu totally miss kicks as the ball travels agonisingly wide of goal. The Bolton defender is a relieved man.
Yakubu makes up for his terrible miss as he slides the ball into the bottom right-hand corner with Jung Sung-ryong going the other way. Game on!
What an amazing miss! Kalu Uche picks out Yusuf Ayila and his cross is missed by Jung Sung-ryong leaving Yakubu an open goal, which is suprisingly misses.
Kim Nam-Il goes straight into defence as South Korea to to hold what they have with less than half-an-hour to go.
Chinedu Obasi goes on a incisive run but Korea take the sting out of the play, winning the ball well and counter-attacking,
Nigeria are looking for the pace of Obafemi Martins now but South Korea are looking very comfortable on the ball as they look to make their first change of the game.
SUBSTITUTION: Impact player Obafemi Martins is on for Nwankwo Kanu. The Portsmouth striker has simply ran out of steam.
Lee Young-pyo finds Park Ji-sung down the right but the Manchester United man cannot find Park Chu-young in the box and Nigeria clear their lines.
Dickson Etuhu brings down Lee Chung-yong for another free-kick. This time from distance but goalscorer Park Chu-young fizzles his long-ranger just wide of goal. He really got behind that strike. Very unlucky from the Monaco striker, who really has impressed tonight.
Nigeria are heading out of the World Cup as things stand and the Koreans are on course for a place in the last-16 as things stand.
The perfect start to the second half for South Korea. From the free-kick just outside the area to the right, Park Chu-young's right-foot effort bends around the wall and past a a perplexed Enyeama, who tried to anticipate the strike over the wall.
HALF-TIME: We're all level and still all to play for in Durban. Also level between Argentina and Greece, so nothing has really changed in the group. The Nigerians started well and deservedly took the lead but it was South Korea who finished the half stronger and levelled matters seven minutes before the break. Kanu has been very influencial for The Super Eagles but can he maintain his fitness or will the super fit Koreans take charge in the second half.
Nigeria win a late free-kick but there is no more time left as the referee blows his whistle for half-time.
Park Ji-sung attempts to find Park Chu-young but the ball runs out of play and a goal kick is given.
We have two added minutes at the end of the first half. The impressive Danny Shittu is down in the Korean half looking to get in a cross but is dispossessed.
The South Koreans are finishing the half much the stronger side now as they press for the lead. Nigeria look happy to see out these final few minutes of the half.
YELLOW CARD: Yusuf Ayila is booked for a late tackle on Kim Jung-woo and he is booked by referee Olegario Benquerenca.
South Korea are awarded a free-kick and Ki Sung-yong's superb inswinging delivery is stabbed into the back of the net by Lee Jung-soo to restore parity in Durban.
YELLOW CARD: Chinedu Obasi is booked for a late challenge on Lee Young-pyo and he will now miss the next match.
Nigeria almost double their lead. Kanu links the play ever so well as he finds Kalu Uche in space but his daisy cutter strikes the post and Korea are let off the hook.
The Koreans win a free-kick 30-yards out and Park Chu-young's attempted effort fails to trouble Enyeama in the Nigerian goal. That was a decent opportunity.
Ki Sung-yong's inswinging free-kick is almost met by Park Chu-young but Enyeama is there to fist the ball away.
Drama at the other end as Vincent Enyeama goes on walk about pulling Park Ji-sung's shirt and the Manchester United man is awarded a free-kick just outside the area on the left.
The Nigerians have been far the better team in the half so far. Yakubu and Kanu have been a real threat as has the pacey winger Chinedu Obasi as he threatens again down the right hand side.
Park Ji-sung finds Park Chu-young down the channel but the Monaco striker fires his shot staright at Enyeama.
Yakubu shows excellent feet to get away from Cho Yong-hyung and find Chinedu Obasi, but the winger's thunderous drive flies wide of goal and 'keeper Jung Sung-ryong isn't troubled.
Nigeria win a free-kick thanks to work from Ayila. Kalu Uche curls his 25-yarder over the bar, but a decent effort nevertheless.
Yusuf Ayila brings down Park Ji-sung for a free-kick down the right. Yeom Ki-hun's delivery is headed away for a corner.
South Korea coach Huh Jung-Moo looks on as he knows his side must try to be more positive as they search to restore parity.
The Taeguk Warriors will attempt to hit straight back now but its the Nigerians who are looking the more composed side early on.
Right-back Chidi Odiah goes on a positive run and his delivery is met by Kalu Uche ahead of Cha Du-ri to give Nigeria the early lead here in Durban. What a turn up for the books this could be.
Danny Shittu goes down in a heap. His heads back to Enyeama but as he attempts to get to his feet, he falls to the floor grabbing his knee and is need of some immediate attention.
Ki Sung-yong has an attempted shot on goal but his effort flies well over the bar. Worth a shot for the playmaker.
Yakubu picks up the ball and runs at the Korean defenders but he is dispossessed as Ayila brings down the dangerman Park Ji-sung for a free-kick.
Yusuf Ayila puts himself about as he goes in with a crunching early challenge and the referee awards Korea a free-kick.
Rabiu Afolabi gives away a sloppy pass and the ball is played into Lee Chung-yong who shots just wide of goal. The Bolton midfielder is injured after his effort, as he is clattered by 'keeper Vincent Enyeama.
We are underway in this crucial knock-out tie - which it really is now in Durban. Hopefully this will be a cracker with all to play for.
How about Nigeria starting with Portsmouth's Nwankwo Kanu alongside Everton's Yakubu. Kanu has played in a few World Cup's now, but can he inspire The Super Easgles tonight. Obafemi Martins is left on the bench as the side's enter the Moses Mabhida stadium.
KEY MATCH-UP: Dickson Etuhu v Park Ji-Sung. Etuhu is Fulham's defensive midfield destroyer and the big man is likely to be handed the key task of trying to keep the Manchester United midfielder quiet tonight.
South Korea start with a 4-2-3-1 formation once again. Park Chu-young is the lone striker with Park Ji-Sung in support.
Here are the many different permutations ahead of tonight's enounter. Should Nigeria beat South Korea and Greece lose to Argentina, then it comes down to goal difference and then number of goals scored in all games to determine the second-placed team. If it's still level after all of this, then it could come down to the final straw - FIFA drawing lots!
South Korea have never lost against Nigeria, winning twice and drawing once against the Africans. The Super Eagles will be looking for their first tournament win since their 1998 victory over Bulgaria - a run of seven matches (one draw, six defeats).
South Korea have to match the Greeks result against Argentina to go through - so long as they don't lose. Cha Du-Ri comes in for Oh Beom-Seok at the back in the only change to the side.
Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu gets his first start in the World Cup. In midfield, Kanu and Yussuf Ayila come in for Lukman Haruna and the suspended Sani Kaita for a game Nigeria must win. Marseille's Taye Taiwo makes way for Rabiu Afolabi in defence, while Chinedu Obasi takes the place of Peter Odemwingie up front.
SOUTH KOREA: Jung Sung-Ryong - Cha Du-Ri, Cho Yong-Hyung, Lee Jung-Soo, Lee Young-Pyo - Lee Chung-Yong, Ki Sung-Yueng, Kim Jung-Woo, Park Ji-Sung (capt) - Park Chu-Young, Yeom Ki-Hun.
NIGERIA: Vincent Enyeama - Chidi Odiah, Joseph Yobo, Danny Shittu, Rabiu Afolabi - Dickson Etuhu, Nwankwo Kanu (capt), Yussuf Ayila, Kalu Uche - Yakubu Ayegbeni, Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi.
Hello and welcome to this crucial Group B encounter in Durban between Nigeria and South Korea. Send in your pre-match thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org as to who you think will qualify from this group. If this afternoon's action is anything to go by, then we should be in for a very entertaining evening.