“This is the Gambia, where we need to give 100%. We will prepare to play at our best.”
The South Korea U-20 football team drew 2-2 with Honduras in their second Group F match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza, Argentina, on June 26 (KST).
South Korea had a numerical advantage after David Ochoa was sent off in the first half, but conceded early in the second half to fall behind 0-2. Kim Yong-hak and Park Seung-ho scored back-to-back goals to earn a 2-2 draw, but it was quite disappointing not to be able to capitalize on their numerical advantage and earn a point.
To make matters worse, South Korea had to deal with the accumulation of cautions for their goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong, the sending off of key defender Choi Seok-hyun, and an injury to Park Seung-ho, who scored the equalizer. National team coach Kim Eun-joong couldn’t smile.
Speaking to the Korea Football Association, Kim said, “We had the numerical advantage, but it was difficult to score because Honduras dropped their line a lot. We had some good chances, but we weren’t calm enough. We had a lot of scoring chances, which was unfortunate,” he said.
“Park Seung-ho’s injury was unexpected, so we have to wait and see. But we have our resources, so we won’t think too much about it. We will prepare well for the next match.”
South Korea’s final opponent is the Gambia, who beat both Honduras and France to become the first team from Group F to qualify for the round of 16. The Gambia’s offense, which has scored more than two goals in every game, will be a challenge for South Korea, who have a big leaky defense.안전놀이터
However, they cannot afford to back down. If South Korea loses to the Gambia, their chances of advancing to the round of 16 could be in jeopardy, depending on the results of their games against France and Honduras. The Gambia must go into the game with a win-at-all-costs attitude.
“We need to give 100% against the Gambia, so recovery is the most important thing right now,” said Kim. We have two days left and we will recover well so that we can play at our best,” said Kim.