Two-goal deficit to Honduras…draw against Gambia sends them through to round of 16

South Korea’s draw with Honduras at the FIFA U20 World Cup was a disappointing one, as they were unable to win despite having a player sent off, but they still managed to come back from a two-goal deficit and move closer to the round of 16.

Sung-ryong Ha is a reporter.


Our team went down to Honduras, who came into the game with one loss, on a penalty kick in the 22nd minute.

The player who scored the first goal was sent off just five minutes later for hitting Bae Seo-joon with his arm, and despite our early numerical advantage, the game didn’t get any easier, and we conceded another goal six minutes into the second half.

With a two-goal deficit, coach Kim Eun-joong made a substitution, which led to a ‘great comeback’.

Thirteen minutes into the second half, Portugal-based European striker Kim Yong-hak pulled a goal back with a sharp left-footed shot.

Then, just four minutes later, the equaliser came from a set-piece opportunity.

Substitute Park Seung-ho headed home Lee Seung-won’s corner kick to level the game.

With the momentum in our favour, our players pushed forward in an attempt to turn the tide, but unfortunately, we had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

[Kim Eun-joong/U-20 National Team Head Coach: We could have scored more goals because we were a little unsettled on some of our good chances, and I’m a little disappointed with that].

Our team finished second in the group behind Gambia, who booked their ticket to the Round of 16 with two consecutive wins.

We missed a chance to book our place in the토토사이트 round of 16 early, but with the valuable points we picked up, our round of 16 prospects are still bright.

If we beat Gambia in our final group game on the 29th, we’ll finish top of the group, if we draw, we’ll finish second, and even if we lose, we’re still more likely to progress than be eliminated.

Fans are hoping that like our first round win over powerhouse France, the next Gambia game will be a cooler affair with no ‘what ifs’.

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