I'm not trying to come up with excuses but it is very hard for any team to play in such an adverse environment. There were very loud and anti-Korean fans and protesters that had to be kept under watch by armed police. Can you imagine how violent fans would have reacted if Korea won the game? Maybe Korea lost intentionally for political reasons. Soccer is one thing but it is more important the team came back home safe. I know Korea is far from being a soccer power but there is zero chance to improve if the team is dead. That said, this game was still a must-win for Korea to advance because Syria and Uzbek are more frustrating teams even on neutral or home grounds, while we know that Iran will beat Korea again. Korea will probably end this tourney anywhere from second - fourth place.