Sub 20 World Cup: South Korea beat Nigeria 1-0 in extra time and qualified for the semifinals

There will be a new U20 World Cup champion

The Under-20 World Cup enters the final stretch of definition and throughout Sunday the last two semifinalists of the contest will be defined. Italiawhat handily beat Colombia 3-1, will go against South Korea who narrowly defeated Nigeria. On the other side of the key Israel gave the surprise by defeating 3-2 to Brazil in extra time and waits for the winner of the clash between USA y Uruguay.


South Koreathe last Asian representative, defeated 1-0 Nigeria for the quarterfinals of Sub 20 world. Choi Seok-Hyun they broke parity in extra time from a set piece and eliminated the nation that had just beaten Argentina in the round of 16. The Taeguk Warriors reached the semifinal for the second consecutive edition in the semifinals they will face Italia.

Evenness reigned in the first half with the Africans dominating possession of the ball and looking to find cracks in the solid Korean defence. Some medium-distance shots forced the goalkeeper’s reactions Kim Joon-Hong, who successfully cleared attempts at a corner kick. The aerial dominance of the Asian centrals rejected each cross that the Nigerian footballers launched into the area.

The last minutes before halftime, the asian tigers they improved collectively and played a greater role in attack. However, there was a lack of efficiency in the final meters to threaten the goal of Chijioke Aniagboso and the quarterfinal duel went 0-0 at halftime.

The trend continued in the second half and neither of the two nations risked more in search of the goal that would qualify them for the semifinals. Nigeria continued to control the ball but South Korea stuck to its game plan and he took care of the zero in his bow in a great way without allowing the Africans to take advantage of his speed or lose the ball at the start to give him quick transitions behind his defenders. The equality was maintained and the match went to extra time.

Choi Seok-Hyun’s wild celebration after opening the scoring against Nigeria (Photo: Reuters)

At the start of extra time, the Asians got their second corner kick of the game and took advantage of it in the best possible way: cross that fell on Choi Seok-Hyun’s head and with a slight touch made it 1-0. Nigeria pressed in the final minutes but it was too late and they were knocked out of the tournament.

Los Taeguk Warriors defeated in the round of 16 Ecuador with a tight 3-2. Those led by Eun-Jung Kim showed that they are a solid defensive team that hits whenever they get the opportunity thanks to the individual hierarchy they have on the attack front. The Asians were second in Group F, which they formed together with Gambia, France and Honduras.


South Korea: Kim Joon-Hong; Park Chang-Woo, Choi Seok-Hyun, Kim Ji-Soo, Bae Seo-Joon; Kim Yong-Hak, Lee Chan-Ouk, Kang Sang-Yoon, Kang Seong-Jin; Lee Seung-Won; Lee Young-Jun. DT: Eun-Jung Kim.

Nigeria: Chijioke Aniagboso; Daniel Bameyi, Benjamin Fredrick, Abel Ogwuche, Solomon Agbalaka; Victor Eletu, Daniel Daga, Tochukwu Nadi; Ibrahim Muhammad, Salim Lawal, Jude Sunday. DT: Ladan Bosso.

Estadio: Mother of Cities of Santiago del Estero

Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (Spain)


Duel of candidates in Santiago del Estero

USA y Uruguay will star in the most attractive match of the quarterfinals of the Under-20 World Cup. The match, which will begin at 6:00 p.m., will be played at the Madre de Ciudades stadium in Santiago del Estero, will be refereed by the Dutchman Serdar Gözübüyük and will be broadcast by DirecTV. The winner of the duel will go in front of Israel in the semifinals.

The North American team landed in Argentina as one of the candidates for the title and for now they confirmed that position with impressive statistics. In their four matches in the tournament, won all and did not receive goals: 1-0 to Ecuador, 3-0 to Fiji, 2-0 to Slovenia and 4-0 to New Zealand. Just three games away from glory, those led by Mikey Varas will once again trust Diego Luna and Cade Cowell, their two figures in attack.

The Celeste, for its part, came out of Group E as second and only lost to England, already eliminated from the tournament. In the round of 16 they suffered but beat Gambia by the slightest difference and now they have the opportunity to get into the best four if they defeat the Concacaf representative. It is worth remembering that Luciano Rodríguez saw the red card and will not be able to play this afternoon.

Probable formations

USA: Gaga Slonina; Brandan Craig, Joshua Wynder, Jonathan Gómez; Justin Che, Daniel Edelman, Jack McGlynn, Caleb Wiley; Diego Luna, Cade Cowell, Owen Wolff. DT: Mikey Varas.

Uruguay: Randall Rodriguez; Matthew Ponte, Sebastian Boselli, Facundo Gonzalez, Alan Matturro; Ignacio Sosa, Fabricio Diaz, Damian Garcia, Juan Santos; Franco Gonzalez, Anderson Duarte. DT: Marcelo Broli.

Hour: 18.00

Estadio: Mother of Cities of Santiago del Estero

Referee: Serdar Gozubuyuk (Países Bajos)

TV: DirecTV


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2023-06-04 19:41:15
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