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Uruguay Eliminates South Korea From World Cup With Late Goal (VIDEO)

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PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa -- Luis Suarez scored twice as Uruguay beat South Korea 2-1 on Saturday and advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in 40 years.

Playing in swirling wind and rain, Suarez scored the winner in the 80th minute - sidestepping two defenders and curling a right-footed shot off the post from the edge of the area.

"The truth is I didn't realize the ball was going to go in. In these moments, the only thing I want to do is enjoy," said Suarez, who jumped over a row of photographers to celebrate with his teammates after his second goal.

(SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE GAME-WINNING GOAL & PHOTOS FROM THE MATCH)

Lee Chung-yong had tied the game in the 68th on a header after goalkeeper Fernando Muslera left his line attempting to punch away a looping ball.

Uruguay took the lead in the eighth when goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong failed to intercept Diego Forlan's low cross from the left flank. It bounced across the goal mouth and Suarez put the ball in the net with a one-timer from a tight angle.

"I'm really happy because, being young, I always dream of these types of moments," the 23-year-old forward said. "These moments we're experiencing are once in a lifetime."

The goal forced the Koreans to push forward, but Uruguay's compact defense forced them to rely on outside shots and they struggled to hit the target. Meanwhile, the South Americans sat back and waited for opportunities to counterattack.

Lee finally scored after Uruguay failed to clear a free kick hooked into the penalty area. He rose above Diego Lugano to head the ball past Muslera.

Uruguay will play a quarterfinal against the United States or Ghana, who play later Saturday

The Koreans fell to their knees at the final whistle as the Uruguayans celebrated with a group hug in the downpour.

A two-time world champion, Uruguay had not gotten this far in a World Cup since it reached the semifinals in 1970.

Uruguay's victory continued South America's amazing run in South Africa. All five of its teams made the final 16 and the continent's record in the tournament now stands at 11 wins, one loss, three draws. And loss didn't cost Chile, which advanced.

South Korea reached the semifinals in the 2002 World Cup it co-hosted with Japan. But this year was the first time it advanced from the group stage on foreign soil, after beating Greece 2-0, losing to Argentina 4-1 and drawing Nigeria 2-2.

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