Head coach Kim Eun-joong was delighted with the win over France.
Kim Eun-joong’s South Korea U-20 team defeated France 2-1 in their U-20 World Cup Group F match at the Estadio Malvinas Argentina in Mendoza, Argentina, at 3:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 23, thanks to a first-half goal from Lee Seung-won (Gangwon) and a second-half goal from Lee Young-joon (Gimcheon).
It was an unexpected victory. France is in a better place than it was after winning the tournament. South Korea is one of the strongest teams in the tournament, but it was widely believed that they were not as strong as France. South Korea was outplayed by France in terms of possession and shots on goal. However, sharp counterattacks and a series of saves by goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong saved the day. 안전놀이터
Speaking to FIFA Plus after the match, coach Kim Eun-joong said, “France were better than after the win. We made our own preparations. We defended well and prepared for a counter-attack. The players responded well,” he said. “At the end, France attacked. Our defenders stayed focused and didn’t concede a goal. I’m grateful for that.”
When asked to name a player of the match, Kim gave credit to all of his players, saying, “All 21 players played as a team.” “Our remaining matches against Honduras and Gambia are also not easy,” Kim said. We will prepare thoroughly and play a good game.”