The South Korea U-20 National Team has advanced to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive tournament.
South Korea advanced to the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Ecuador in the Round of 16 at the Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero, Argentina on Sunday (June 2).
Goals from Lee Young-joon and Bae Jun-ho in the first half and Choi Seok-hyun in the second helped South Korea overcome Ecuador. They withstood penalty kicks from Cuero in the first and second halves and a late Gonzalez goal to reach the quarterfinals.
Four years ago, South Korea defeated Ecuador in the quarterfinals of the tournament, and four years later, they maintained their “nemesis” relationship by advancing to the quarterfinals. South Korea’s quarterfinal opponent is Nigeria, the Flying Eagles, who defeated host Argentina 2-0.
Starting with goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong, South Korea’s back line consisted of Park Chang-woo, Choi Seok-hyun, Kim Ji-soo, and Choi Ye-hoon. Park Hyun-bin and Kang Sang-yoon, along with Bae Jun-ho, Lee Seung-won, and Kim Yong-hak in the midfield, with Lee Young-joon as the striker.
Ecuador started with goalkeeper Napa, followed by Valencia-Ondones-Sambrano-Gonzalez-Cuero-Angulo-Daniel Deracruz-Mikey Deracruz-Paez-Klingher. 안전놀이터
South Korea opened the scoring in the 11th minute through Lee Young-joon. After receiving a nice pass from Bae Joon-ho, Lee scored with a right-footed shot after chest trapping.
In the 18th minute, Bae Jun-ho, who received a pass from Park Chang-woo, broke down the Ecuadorian defense with a nice individual move. He scored his second goal of the game after fooling Napa. After that, South Korea pressured Ecuador with attacks centered on Kim Yong-hak and Lee Young-joon.