Son Heung-Min eyes South Korea improvement

South Korea post for a team photo prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between South Korea and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 22, 2014
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Son Heung-Min says that South Korea will use their World Cup elimination as a platform for which improved performances will be built upon.

Son Heung-Min is hopeful that South Korea will learn from their early World Cup exit and use the elimination as motivation to improve.

Jan Vertonghen hit a 78th-minute winner as 10-man Belgium beat the South Koreans 1-0 on Thursday to send Hong Myung-Bo's side out of the tournament.

The 21-year-old, who scored his first World Cup goal in the 4-2 defeat to Algeria, claims to be pleased with his individual contribution, but believes that the collective performance was lacking throughout the campaign.

"Scoring my first goal at the World Cup was really important from a personal standpoint. But in general, the team didn't play well, which was disappointing," he told FIFA.com.

"We didn't perform the way we had hoped. The experience will help us to prepare better for the next tournament and be more competitive. That's my hope."

Belgium and Algeria progressed to the last 16 of the competition from Group H.

Jan Vertonghen of Belgium celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group H match between South Korea and Belgium at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 26, 2014
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