The right foot of Kim Eun-joong-ho captain Lee Seung-won (20, Gangwon) shone once again.
The under-20 (U-20) soccer team, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, played the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup quarter-final against Nigeria held at Santiago del Estero Stadium, Argentina at 2:30 am (Korean time) on the 5th. won 1-0 after extra time. In the 5th minute of the first half of extra time, Choi Seok-hyeon (20, Dankook University) laughed as he scored the winning goal from a corner kick header.토토사이트
It was literally a game where patience reigned throughout the 120 minutes. Like the tournament, the two teams kept their defenses as much as possible and suppressed the conceded points.
It was up to Nigeria, who put their individual abilities first, to take the initiative. Even with a small number of attacks, Nigeria consistently shook Kim Eun-joong with quick feet. In the beginning, he actively switched left and right to use the field wide and went on the attack.
However, Kim Eun-joong’s solid 4-4-2 formation did not collapse. Although they only had 0 shots on target in the first 90 minutes, they succeeded in suppressing Nigeria’s attack as much as possible.
All Kim Eun-joong needed to advance to the semifinals was one effective shot. In the 5th minute of the first half of extra time, Captain Lee Seung-Won’s corner kick was connected by Seok-Hyun Choi with a fantastic header. Seok-hyun Choi’s header, which flew confidently despite the opponent’s defense check, immediately shook Nigeria’s goal. It was like a replay of the last 16 match against Ecuador.
Lee Seung-won has already contributed 4 assists in the tournament, all of which were corner kicks. During the tournament, Kim Eun-joong scored 8 goals, half of which were from corner kicks. ‘Dead Ball Specialist’ Lee Seung-won’s right foot leads Kim Eun-joong at every critical moment. He recorded corner kick assists in the group stage matches against France and Honduras, and against Ecuador and Nigeria in the tournament.
Lee Seung-won supports the team with a lot of activity in the midfield and contributes to the team’s scoring with perfect kicks.
Lee Seung-won said in an interview with the Korea Football Association (KFA) the day before the match, “(Choi) Seok-hyeon and (Kim) Ji-soo have strengths in headers. We focused on this part even during training.” Choi Seok-hyun also gave credit to the scoring situation after the victory against Nigeria, saying, “(Lee) Seung-won scored well.” This is why we should pay attention to Lee Seung-won’s corner kick every game.
Meanwhile, the U-20 national team, which has reached the semifinals in two consecutive competitions, will also challenge to advance to the finals in a row. The next opponent for Kim Eun-joong is Italy, the ‘Azuri Legion’. The two teams will face off for the final spot on the 9th.