Korea Under 20s win at the World Cup

The Under-20 Wolrd Cup is well underway now in Poland with the sides reaching their final matches in the Group stages. Looking at South Korea the side picked up their first three points of the competition in a 1-0 win over South Africa. 

Korea in a position to reach the last-16 

On Tuesday South Korea U-20 coached by Chung Jung-Yong won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Kim Hyun-Woo. The 20-year-old currently playing for Dinamo Zagreb picked up the only goal of the match. 

The match would have been watched by few in South Korea am sure as the game kicked off at local time 3.30am. Am sure many Koreans fans woke up happy though to the news that the team had won and had a chance of progressing at the World Cup.

Much talk with Bento has been about having a style that works for South Korea through the age levels. A similar playing style was adopted by coach Chung as the team set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

The main focal point of this attack was Oh Se-Hun as he played the 'Son Heung-min role'. Then with an attacking trio of Lee Kang-In, Eom Won-Sang and Cho Young-Wook.  The 18-year-old Valencia man Lee Kang-In is especially one to look out for in this trio.

As you would expect with the attacking formation the team started to attack early on knowing they needed the win. The win was more important after the side lost 1-0 to Portugal last weekend in the opening fixture.

A good early start was seen with the Koreans putting in early crosses and with some nice build-up play but they failed to find a real end product.

South Africa did come into the match midway through the first half and Lee Gwang-Yeon in goals for Korea was called into action on a few occasions. Lee Jae-Ik the Gangwon defender was solid too in helping keep his side in the match.

The game later had more chances as the rain fell heavily on the pitch making it harder for the match to remain entertaining. Although both sides did their best to attack and play some good football.

The second half started well too and on 52 minutes Cho Young-Wook was unlucky with a shot for the edge of the box.

Korea pushed on after this chance and on 68 minutes they took the lead. The goal in the end after Jeong Ho-Jin hit the bar from 25-yards was not a thing of beauty. This was down to the fact the goal came from a deflected cross on to the box that somehow Kim Hyun-Woo got his head to. The ball that seemed to cross the line in slow motion.

That was to be that for Korea as they kept South Africa out for the remaining 20 minutes or so to come away with the win. The side now knows a win on Friday against Argentina and they are in the last-16. That, of course, is a tough task against the country that has beaten South Africa 5-2 and Portugal 2-0.

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