South Korea earned a hard-fought draw against Honduras.
Kim Eun-joong’s South Korea drew 2-2 with Honduras in their second Group F match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2023 on Saturday at the Mendoza Stadium in Mendoza, Argentina. South Korea, who defeated France 2-1 in the first leg, drew 1-1. Honduras remained winless.
South Korea went with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Lee Seung-won, Kim Yong-hak, Lee Young-joon, Bae Jun-ho, Kang Sang-yoon, Kang Sung-jin, Bae Seo-joon, Kim Ji-su, Choi Seok-hyun, Park Chang-woo, and Kim Jun-hong (GK) started. Compared to the previous match against France, Bae Jun-ho returned to the starting lineup in place of Lee Chan-wook, who was rested due to adductor fatigue.
Honduras’ Ochoa gets sent off just three minutes after scoring the first goal… 0-1 at the end of the first half
As expected, Honduras dominated the first half. The Hondurans threatened the Korean defense with individual runs down the flanks. Korea was unable to create any offensive chances due to their tight lines and pressure.
In the 18th minute of the first half, Honduras’ frontline striker Aseituno went down with an injury and Carter came on. Carter earned a penalty kick (PK) on his first touch. He was tripped by Choi Seok-hyun inside the penalty box and the contact appeared to be natural. However, the referee called for a video assistant referee (VAR). After a long review, the referee awarded the PK.
In the 22nd minute of the first half, Ochoa took the PK kick and struck with his right foot to give Honduras a 1-0 lead. Reading the direction, goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong got a hand to it, but the ball just missed his fingertips.
But just three minutes later, South Korea gained a numerical advantage when Ochoa was sent off. Ochoa hit Bae Seo-Joon in the face with his hand during a ball contest. The referee initially showed him a yellow card, but after a VAR check, he pulled out a red card.
With the numerical advantage, South Korea increased their possession and pressured Honduras. However, the offense was slow in coming. It wasn’t until the end of the first half that they broke through. South Korea’s first shot on goal came in the 43rd minute. Kim Yong-hak fired a powerful left-footed shot from the right side of the box, but the goalkeeper dived to make the save.
Then, in the 45th minute, Lee Seung-won fired a shot from behind the arc circle that was deflected by the defense. In first-half stoppage time, Kim Young-hak fired a thunderous shot from behind the arc circle, but it went just wide of the goal. The first half ended 0-1.
South Korea’s ‘numerical advantage’ pays off as Kim Yong-hak and Park Seung-ho equalize!
South Korea pushed hard at the start of the second half. In the second minute of the second half, Kang Sung-jin beat the defense with a solo run in the box, but his shot went straight at the goalkeeper.
After setting the tone, Korea was hit by a Honduran counterattack. In the fifth minute of the second half, Castillo took a pass from Carter and rattled the net with a right-footed curling kick. The score widened to 0-2.
South Korea made a change, dropping midfielder Bae Joon-ho and defender Park Chang-woo, who had a red card, and bringing on Park Seung-ho and Cho Young-kwang. Park Seung-ho immediately threatened the opposition goal with a sharp header.
South Korea continued to press forward and finally got the equalizer. In the 13th minute of the second half, Kim Yong-hak rattled the net with a powerful shot after receiving a sensational pass from Lee Young-joon in the box.
Five minutes later, South Korea equalized to make it 2-2. Substitute Park Seung-ho was the solution. In the 17th minute of the second half, he rose to meet a corner kick from Lee Seung-ho and split the goal with a deflected header. Unfortunately, Park was stretchered off with an injury shortly after the goal.
Buoyed by the momentum, South Korea continued to push Honduras in search of an equalizer, but it was not to be. In the 40th minute, Cho Young-kwang’s cross from the flank hit the top of the net. In stoppage time, Kang Sung-jin received a pass from Kim Yong-hak in the box and fired a shot that was saved by the goalkeeper 먹튀검증. In the end, Korea was unable to find the equalizer and the game ended 2-2.