The team lost to the U.S. and the burden of the second game against France increased
Byun Sung-hwan’s yellow light is on for the round of 16. The pressure is on for the second leg against ‘the best’ France. The South Korea U-17 national team, led by Byun Sung-hwan, lost 1-0 to the United States of America in their Group E match at the U-17 World Cup 2023 on Wednesday (July 12) at the Jakarta International Stadium in Indonesia. The loss leaves South Korea in last place in Group E. The earlier match between France and Burkina Faso ended in a 3-0 victory for France.
With a quarterfinal finish in the 1987, 2009 and 2019 tournaments as their best ever, Korea had their sights set on a fourth-place finish or better. The first task was to reach the round of 16. In a tough group, it was important for South Korea to win their first game against the United States. The tournament allows the four best-placed teams to qualify for the round of 16, so winning their first game would give them a huge advantage going into the round of 16. With two games against France in Group E, the plan was to take the first game to ease the pressure.굿모닝토토 주소
However, the plan went awry. Byun Sung-hwan played well but couldn’t get a result. At the last Asian Cup, which was a qualifier, the team was praised for its beautiful attacking soccer, and this time around, the team brought bold attacking soccer to the forefront. “We are going to play an aggressive game according to the concept we have,” Byun said. South Korea pushed the Americans early on. However, they were not so lucky. In the fifth minute, following a nice play, Yoon Do-young (Daejeon U-18) attempted an exquisite overhead kick that unfortunately hit the left post. South Korea missed the chance and gave the U.S. the lead two minutes later. South Korea then went on the offensive. After Yang Min-hyuk’s mid-range shot hit the post again, Korea equalized in the 35th minute through Kim Myung-joon (Pohang U-18). However, the defense collapsed in the second half. They conceded back-to-back goals to Cruz Medina in the fourth minute of the second half and Nymphasha Berkimas in the 28th minute of the second half to lose 1-3.
We didn’t play badly. Their quick passing was sharp. We played like a South American team, and we were attractive. They dominated possession, but South Korea had far more threats. South Korea created a whopping 22 shots on goal on the day, to the US’s eight. However, their finishing was lacking. The 8-7 advantage in shots on goal wasn’t enough. Of course, luck was not on their side. The team’s stamina dropped in the second half and they were not able to play the same way as in the first half, and their defense collapsed after every offensive flow.
Korea will now have to fight for their lives in the remaining two or three matches against France and Burkina Faso. They need at least one win and one draw. A draw against France and a win over Burkina Faso would be the best case scenario. But as we saw in the first game, France has a huge advantage. If we play for a draw and concede an early goal, it could put even more pressure on our young players. That’s why it’s a shame they lost the first game.