South Korea rallied from 0-2 down to earn a 2-2 draw against Honduras to advance to the Round of 16.
The South Korea Under-20 team, led by head coach Kim Eun-joong, drew 2-2 with Honduras in their second Group F match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 at the Malvinas Stadium in Mendoza, Argentina on Friday (July 25).
The draw leaves South Korea with a 1-1 record after a 2-1 win over France in their first group game and a chance for a second straight victory over Honduras. Topping Group F is The Gambia, who also won back-to-back games against Honduras and France.
South Korea started Lee Young-joon, Kim Yong-hak, Lee Seung-won, Kang Sung-jin, Kang Sang-yoon, Bae Jun-ho, Park Chang-woo, Choi Seok-hyun, Kim Ji-ji, Bae Seo-joon, and Kim Jun-hong.
Honduras lined up in a 4-2-3-1 with Marco Aseituno up front, followed by Hefrin Macias, Isaac Castillo, Exon Arsu, David Luis Ochoa, Tomas Sorto, Javier Ariaga, Jeremy Rodas, Anfronit Tatum, Felix Garcia, and Jurgen Garcia.
In the midst of this exploratory game, bad news for Honduras. Frontline striker Aseituno sprained his ankle in the previous play and went down on his own.
As a result, Honduras pulled Aceituno early in the game and brought on Daniel Carter Boden.
However, South Korea took the lead. Honduras’ Daniel Carter Boden collided with Choi Seok-hyun during a breakaway.
The referee awarded a penalty kick after a VAR review. Kicker Ochoa stepped up to take the spot kick, which went in after hitting Kim Jun-hong’s hand.
Ochoa, who scored in the 27th minute of the first half, was shown a red card. While battling for the ball with Bae Seo-joon near the touchline, Ochoa struck Bae in the face with his right hand. Ochoa expressed his frustration after receiving a precise blow to the face.
The referee went to the VAR and canceled the yellow card and then showed the red card. Ochoa was sent off after scoring a goal, and he had the disgrace of joining the ‘Garinsha Club’.
South Korea continued to harass Honduras, with Kim Yong-hak trying his luck with a sharp shot. They spent six minutes of first-half stoppage time trying to find an equalizer. The first half ended with Honduras leading 1-0.
In the second half, South Korea continued to attack aggressively. They pressed hard against a one-man Honduran defense. However, they were unable to capitalize. Despite their fierce moves, they were far from the goal.
To make matters worse, South Korea conceded another goal. Honduras scored six minutes into the second half when Castillo converted a pass from Carter with a sharp right-footed shot.
South Korea scored a late goal in the 22nd minute. Kim Yong-hak scored with a left-footed shot off a ball from Lee Young-joon, who had scored against France, to make it 1-2.
South Korea continued to push forward and scored another goal. In the 17th minute of the second half, Park Seung-ho, a late substitute, scored with an exquisite header from a corner kick from the left, making it 2-2. South Korea brought on Lee Seung-jun for the injured Park Seung-ho in the 30th minute.
South Korea brought on Hwang In-Taek for Lee Seung-Won in the 35th minute. South Korea tightened up their defense without Lee Seung-won, who was out of shape. South Korea attacked relentlessly and tried to win the game. All players, including Lee Young-joon, fiercely tried to take shots, but they were off target. 토토사이트
Korea lost a late goal in stoppage time when Choi Seok-hyun was sent off for yellow card accumulation. In the end, Korea ended the game with a draw.