U-20 World Cup final disappointment… “We lost, but we fought on”
The latest from the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
We’ve just been denied a place in the final by the mighty Italians.
Despite the harsh fouls from their opponents, our players gave it their all and received loud applause.
Reporter Park Sun-woo reports from Argentina.메이저놀이터
In La Plata, Argentina, where the quarter-final match was held, local residents flocked to the stadium to cheer on the young Taeguk warriors.
A large Korean flag was unfurled in the stands, and the atmosphere was as hot as any home game in Korea, giving the players a boost.
Korea conceded the first goal in the 14th minute when top scorer Cassaday failed to block a shot.
However, in the 23rd minute, captain Lee Seung-won calmly converted a penalty kick from Bae Jun-ho to equalise.
In the second half, Bae Joon-ho’s brilliant individual effort led to a further goal, but the finishing was lacking as Lee Young-joon’s shot went wide.
Then, in the 41st minute, they fell victim to an exquisite free-kick from 17-year-old Papundi.
Goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong could only stand and watch the ball, unable to stop it.
Despite the rough football of the Italians, who committed a whopping 26 fouls, more than twice as many as we did, the players didn’t give up until the end.
However, they failed to score a consolation goal, losing 2-1 and failing to reach the final.
It was their first loss in six games, and the players laid on the ground, unable to lift their heads.
[Kim Jun-hong, U20 National Football Team: “The players did their best and played in front of us… but we are disappointed…”]
Kim Eun-joong was also disappointed with his team’s performance, which exceeded expectations and led them to the quarter-finals.
[Kim Eun-joong, U20 coach: “I want to thank (the players) because they gave more than 100 per cent. We created good chances, but because we lost, I think I and the players are left with a lot of regrets.”]
The team’s challenge is not over yet.
The players are determined to win the third place match against Israel on the 12th.
I’m Sunwoo Park, reporting for KBS News from La Plata.