Kim Eun-Joong needs just a point to advance to the Round of 16.
The South Korea U-20 national football team, led by head coach Kim Eun-Joong, will face the Gambia in their third Group F match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2023 at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza, Argentina, on Monday at 6:00 a.m. ET. South Korea is currently second in the group with one win and one draw (4 points), while the Gambia leads the group with two wins (6 points).
Kim Jung-ho earned a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Honduras in the group’s second game on Sept. 26. South Korea conceded a penalty in the first 20 minutes to David Luiz, but Luiz, who scored the opening goal in the 27th minute, was sent off for a direct hit on Bae Seo-Joon’s head.
Despite their numerical advantage, South Korea found themselves down 0-2 six minutes into the second half when Isaac Castillo scored on a counterattack. Fortunately, Kim Eun-joong’s mercenary tactics began to pay off, as back-to-back goals from Kim Yong-hak and Park Seung-ho secured a point.
With a hard-earned point, Korea’s chances of advancing to the round of 16 are very high. The only way South Korea can reach the round of 16 is if they lose to the Gambia. If South Korea loses to the Gambia and Honduras wins against France, South Korea will be tied with Honduras on four points. In this case, we’ll split the standings based on goal differential and goal difference.
A third-place finish does not eliminate the possibility of advancing to the round of 16. The tournament is organized into six groups of four teams, with a total of 24 nations participating. A ticket to the round of 16 can also be awarded to the third place team. The top four of the six teams that finish third in their group will advance to the round of 16. The top three teams in each group will split the standings based on points, goals against, and goals for.
While we’re favored to make it to the round of 16, we’re not counting our chickens just yet. This is because they lost a lot of power against Honduras. First, goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong and center back Choi Seok-hyun will not be able to play in the third leg. Kim Jun-hong was cautioned for a time delay in the second half against Honduras.
After receiving a red card in the first leg against France, he will not be able to play in the third leg due to tournament regulations. Choi Seok-hyun will be unavailable for Game 3 as he was sent off for accumulating cautions against Honduras.
Park Seung-ho, who scored the crucial equalizer against Honduras, is also injured and is currently unavailable. The power leakage in both the offense and defense is not small. It is important for Kim Eun-joong to prepare his team’s strategy in order to avoid a situation where the number of possibilities is too high.
“We need to give more than 100 percent against the Gambia. Recovery is the most important thing. We will recover well for two days and prepare the best possible power 먹튀검증.”