South Korea kick Flying Eagles out of U-20 Men’s World Cup

South Korea kick Flying Eagles out of U-20 Men's World Cup

The Flying Eagles good run in the on-going U-20 men’s football World Cup in Argentina ended at the quarterfinal stage with a 1-0 extra time loss to Asian continent representatives, South Korea.South Korea kick Flying Eagles out of U-20 Men's World Cup

In the quarterfinal match played at Estadio Unico Madre De Ciudades, Santiago del Estero, Angentina, Choi Seok-Hyun struck with a header for the South Koreans in the 95th minute of extra time of the match from Seung-Won Lee’s corner kick to book a semi-final ticket for the Koreans.

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The match ended goalless after 90 minutes of regulation time, with the Flying Eagles in control of possessions (63 percent in the first half and 58 percent in the second half).

The Flying Eagles were also better than the Koreans in accurate passes, with 196 (86 percent) as opposed to 123 (71 percent) for the Koreans.

An attempt by the Flying Eagles Coach, Ladan Bosso, to change the course of the game in the 62nd minute of the second half with the substitution of two players, Kehinde Ibrahim for Ibrahim Beji Muhammad and Umeh Emmanuel for Salim Fago Lawal, did not yield any positive results.

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South Korea joins Italy, Israel, and the winner of the match between the United States of America and Uruguay later this evening in the semi-finals of the 2023 U-20 Men’s Football World Cup in Argentina.

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