Kim Yong-hak (Portimonense) breaks through and Choi Seok-hyun (Dankook University) blocks it. The Korean national under-20 (U-20) team will challenge for a winning streak.
The Korean U-20 national team, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, will play the second leg of Group F of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup group stage against Honduras at the Mendoza Stadium in Argentina at 6 am (Korean time) on the 26th.
Korea Republic (3 points), which won the first game against France, is leading the table side by side with Gambia (3 points). Advancement to the round of 16 can be confirmed early depending on the result of the match against Honduras that day.
As carelessness is prohibited, Kim Eun-joong feels confident but wants to throw away his arrogance. They are aiming for a second consecutive victory by driving the momentum of beating the championship candidate, France.
Kim Yong-hak, who helped the opening goal in the match against France, revealed the secret to the victory, saying, “The opponent’s central defender came up a lot during the attack and set play, so I suggested using the back space.” He then said, “It was difficult because it was the first game, but I am grateful that my colleagues endured well,” and promised, “I will show a better figure in the remaining games.”
Kim Yong-hak is gaining experience in the Portuguese league. He explained, “Certainly, having played with European players, the physical fight and the tempo of the game helped a lot.”
If there is Kim Yong-hak on offense, there is Choi Seok-hyun on defense. He is 178cm tall and is not tall for a central defender, but he leads the defense along with Kim Ji-soo (Seongnam FC). Choi Seok-hyun said, “I had good breathing with (Kim) Ji-soo,” and “I was able to block it well with good positioning and quick reaction.”
Now, Korea is aiming for an early confirmation of the round of 16 with a winning streak against Honduras. Kim Yong-hak and Choi Seok-hyeon both completed the analysis of Honduras.
Kim Yong-hak said, “There is a lot of space behind the opponent’s side,” and “I will make good use of the gap between players during transition play.” Choi Seok-hyun said, “The opponent’s attacking line is fast and crosses are good. He also expressed his aspirations, saying, “I want to finish the tournament with the least amount of points lost.”스포츠토토
Lastly, Kim Yong-hak said, “It must be difficult to watch the game at dawn, but I am grateful to the fans who support me.”