The Republic of Korea U-20 soccer team clashes with Echodor in the round of 16.
The Republic of Korea U-20 soccer team, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, drew 0-0 with Gambia, the “Team of Storm”, in the 3rd Group F match of the ‘2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup’ held at the Mendoza Stadium in Argentina on the 29th (Korean time).스포츠토토
Korea, which defeated France and drew with Honduras, recorded 1 win, 2 draws (5 points) in the group stage, and advanced to the round of 16 as second place in Group F, following Gambia (2 wins, 1 draw, 7 points). It is a splendid feat of advancing to the round of 16 in the last three tournaments in a row.
In this tournament, where 24 countries are divided into 6 groups, the top 4 teams from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each group advance to the round of 16.
The national team stocked up on the stamina of key players through partial rotation, and finished second in the group, avoiding Brazil in the round of 16. It is a satisfactory result for the national team that expects more than advancing to the round of 16.
Now, the target of the national team is Ecuador.
Korea will play Ecuador (2nd place in Group B) in the round of 16 at Santiago del Estero Stadium on June 2 at 6:00 am. With a record of 2 wins and 1 loss (6 points), they advanced to the round of 16 as second place in Group B.
The national team has pleasant memories with Ecuador at the U-20 World Cup. The national team advanced to the final by beating Ecuador 1-0 in the semifinals at the 2019 Poland Tournament. At that time, Choi Jun, who received Lee Kang-in’s pass, scored the winning goal.
Ecuador scored a whopping 11 goals in the three group stage matches. He scored 9 goals against Fiji in the 3rd group B match. Striker Justin Quero, born in 2004, who scored three goals, is on alert.
Considering the national team’s organization and defense ability, which drew a scoreless draw despite operating the rotation against Gambia, the first place in Group F, we can expect a good result in the match against Ecuador.
Looking at the U-20 World Cup round of 16 bracket, if Korea crosses Ecuador to reach the quarterfinals, it will face the winner of the Argentina-Nigeria match. In terms of objective strength, the victory of Argentina, the host country and ‘championship candidate’, who won all the group stage victories, is likely.
On the other hand, Japan was eliminated from the group stage as it finished in 3rd place in Group C (1 win, 2 losses, 3 points) and finished last among the 6 third-place teams. It is the first time in 22 years that Japan has been eliminated from the group stage of the U-20 World Cup.