[한국 축구 국가대표 일정] When Korea advances to the quarter-finals of the U20 World Cup, the opponent is Italy…Israel defeats Brazil

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[한국강사신문 한상형 기자] According to Yonhap News, if the Korean national under-20 (U-20) men’s soccer team, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, advances to the semifinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, they will face the Italy.

Italy beat Colombia 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in San Juan, Argentina on the 4th (Korea time).

With this, Italy will face off against the winner of the match between Korea and Nigeria starting at 2:30 am on the 5th in the semi-finals.

Cesare Casadei scored the first goal in the 9th minute to take the lead, and Tommaso Baldanci added a goal in the 38th minute to lead 2-0.

Francesco Esposito scored another goal in the first minute of the second half to make it 3-0 and secure the win.

Casadei scored his 6th goal in the tournament and became the only top scorer.

Casaday, who spent his youth days at Inter Milan, an Italian professional football team, joined Chelsea in the English Premier League in August last year and was loaned to Reading in the English second division in January this year.

Italy recently reached the semi-finals for the third time in a row at the U20 World Cup.

In 2017, he placed 3rd in Korea, a record at the U-20 World Cup, and finished 4th in Poland in 2019.

In the previous game, Israel caused a surprise by defeating the champion Brazil 3-2 after extra time.

Israel conceded a goal to Brazil in the first minute of extra time, which started 1-1, but Hamza Sibley’s equalizer in the third minute of extra time turned the game around.

Later, in extra time in the first half of extra time, Dor Tugman beat two Brazilian defenders in the penalty area and scored the game-winning goal with a left-footed shot.

Israel scored the winning goal in second half extra time in the third round of the group stage against Japan and the round of 16 against Uzbekistan, and also scored the winning goal against Brazil that day in extra time in the first half of the extra time .

Israel, who have progressed to the finals of the U20 World Cup for the first time, will compete with the winner of the match between the USA and Uruguay to progress to the final.