I didn’t cross the final threshold, but… Final victory, take off again

U-20 World Cup, unfortunate failure to reach the U-20 World Cup semi-finals, unfortunate loss to 伊… 3rd-4th match against Israel in the quarter-finals on debut, Coach Eunjoong Kim “The players poured everything out” Players “It’s not over yet… Finish with no regrets”

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Lee Seung-won, the captain of the Korean national under-20 (U-20) football team roared after scoring a penalty kick goal in the 23rd minute of the first half of the U-20 World Cup quarter-final against Italy. held at La Plata Stadium in Argentina on the 9th to make the score 1-1 Laplata = AP Newsis

“The competition is not over yet. I said let’s keep our heads up because we have the next game left.” Lee Seung-won (Gangwon), the captain of the Korean national under-20 football team (U-20), said after losing 1- 2 in the FIFA U20 World Cup semi-final against Italy held at La Plata Stadium in Argentina. on the 9th I lost the game today, so the atmosphere was very low. Some players showed tears, but it’s not over yet .” Although we failed to progress to the final, we still have games for 3rd and 4th place, so we should work hard and do our best until the end.

National team striker Lee Yeong-joon (Kimcheon) also said, “The 3rd and 4th place games are the last games played by the current members. I want to play a game with no regrets. I will show everything I can,” he said. Following the 2019 U20 World Cup, where they finished second, South Korea, who were aiming for a second consecutive final, will play Israel at 2:30am on the 12th for third and fourth place . Israel lost 0-1 in the semi-final against Uruguay on the 9th.

In the 14th minute of the first half of the day, Korea conceded the opening goal to Italian goalkeeper Cesare Casaday (Reading). Casaday managed to keep the top scorer firmly with his 7th goal of the tournament. Korea equalized 1-1 with a penalty kick goal in the 23rd minute of the first half. Lee Seung-won with the penalty that Bae Jun-ho (Daejeon) got inside the opponent’s penalty box. With this goal, Lee Seung-won recorded his 6th attacking point (2 goals and 4 assists) in this tournament. In the 2019 tournament, he recorded 2 goals and 4 assists and stood shoulder to shoulder with Lee Kang-in (Mallorca), who received the Golden Ball for the MVP award. Korea conceded a free kick goal to Simone Papundi (Udinese) in the 41st minute of the second half and could not keep up. On this day, around 1,000 football fans cheered on the street in Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul. Fans started gathering in the square from 5:00 pm, an hour before the start of the game. Fans chanted “Republic of Korea” until the final whistle blew, giving strength to the Taegeuk warriors who were doing their best in Argentina on the other side of the world.

After the match against Italy, coach Kim Eun-joong said, “I want to applaud the players who gave their all on the field.” I will prepare well so I can finish well.”

Korea’s opponent in 3rd and 4th place, Israel, is the protagonist of this tournament. In the U-20 World Cup, where he participated for the first time, he caused a surprise by reaching the semi-finals. Israel, who passed Group C in the group stage in second place (1 win, 1 draw, 1 loss), defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in the round of 16. In the quarter-finals, they surprised the football world -foot of the world by beating Brazil 3-2 after extra time. Brazil is a team that has reached the finals of the Under-20 World Cup 9 times, winning 5 championships and 4 runners-up. Israel earned the right to take part in the tournament after finishing second in the UEFA U-19 Championship last year. In the semi-final of the U19 Championship, they also defeated France.

Israel beat all the Asian teams they faced in this tournament. In the third match of the group stage against Japan, they won 2-1 from behind despite being outnumbered with one player sent off. After defeating Uzbekistan in the round of 16, Israel faced South Korea for the third time in Asia.

Israel scored 8 goals and conceded 7 goals in 6 games in this tournament until the semi-finals. All eight goals were scored in the second half. Dor Turgeman (Maccabi Tel-Aviv) and Anan Kalyli (Maccabi Haifa), who scored two goals each, are the targets to watch out for. Both players are attackers.

Italy, who advanced to the final for the first time in the Under 20 World Cup, will compete for the championship with Uruguay at 6 am on the 12th. Uruguay have reached the final twice so far, but came second in both.

Correspondent Kim Jeong-hoon
Reporter Lee Ki-wook


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