Despite a valiant effort to get back in the match in the 2nd half, three goals conceded by South Korea in the opening 45 minutes would prove to be too many as they fall to Algeria 2-4.
Korea Republic XI: S R Jung, S Y Yun, Y G Kim, H M Son, C Y Park, Y Lee, J C Koo (c), K Y Han, S Y Ki, C Y Lee, J H Hong
On-loan midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is struggling to play any further part in Sunderland's battle for Premier League survival due to a knee injury.
After trailing 2-0 during the second half, Gus Poyet turned to his bench for Adam Johnson and Sung-Yueng Ki, and the two would link up for the Black Cats only goal, but it was not enough in a 2-1 loss.
We reported the rumors earlier that Sung-Yueng Ki could be recalled to Swansea but the deadline for him to be recalled has passed and Ki will remain with Sunderland for the rest of the season.
Swansea City have insisted they could still recall Ki Sung-yueng from his loan spell at Sunderland.
Sung-Yeung Ki scored from the penalty spot after being fouled in the box by Everton's Tim Howard, and the resulting man advantage helped Sunderland secure three massive points at Goodison Park in a 0-1 shocker.
Gus Poyet will explore the possibility of turning Ki Sung-Yueng's season-long loan deal at Sunderland into a permanent transfer.
Sunderland are on the verge of finalising a season-long loan for Swansea midfielder Ki Song-Yeung.