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South Korea reached U23 Asian finals

Korea won tickets for the 2020 Olympic Games, after beating Australia 2-0 in the second semi-final of the Asian U23 tournament on January 22.

Goals scored: Dae-won 56 ‘, Dong-gyeong 76’.

Dominating Australia for 90 minutes, South Korea deserved to win the second ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The students Kim Hak Bum finished 21 times the whole match and did not let the opponent hit the goal. The ball went three times to the Australian post, before Dae-won and Dong-gyeong scored goals in the blank posture, helping Korea to win 2-0.

Australia only played on par with opponents in the first 20 minutes. When South Korea gave up the exploration game, opportunities began to come to Korea’s side more. The most dangerous situation in the first half came from Oh Se Hun’s long-range shot in the 24th minute. The 1m93 striker turned around with his left foot, brought the ball to the post.

Korea’s strong point in the tournament is the long shot. This match, almost half of the red-shirt finishes came outside the box. Along with Se Hun, Dae-won is the most aggressive player to shoot. At the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half, the midfielder No. 14 created waves in the direction of goalkeeper Glover.

The huge pressure at the beginning of the second half was concretized by Korea in the 56th minute. Defender Lee You-hyeon broke the post from the right, the ball went to Dae-won and the number 14 player did not miss the opportunity. Kick back into the empty goal.

Australia needs to score in the rest, but is helpless. South Korea has shown it to be healthier, faster, and more skilled in tactics. The students Kim Hak Bum put the ball for two players to be replaced, Dong-jun and Dong-gyeong. The duo constantly rushed past the Australian defenders in the last 20 minutes of the match. In such a situation, Dong-gyeong scored the winner at 76 minutes after finishing on the near corner.

The outstanding performance against Australia showed why South Korea is the only team to win the tournament so far. In the final, they will meet Saudi Arabia – the team has conceded only one goal from the beginning of the tournament. Australia will face Uzbekistan in the third place match, which is also the final match for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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South Korea U23 is waiting for the European football star

South Korea only announced 22 out of 23 players for the U23 Asian Finals 2020. They still left a position to wait for more stars from Europe to return.

Coach Kim Hak-bum said he would try to negotiate with European clubs until the deadline to register for the tournament in Thailand (December 29).

Because U23 Asia is not a FIFA tournament, European clubs have no obligation to release people. The Korea Football Association (KFA) and Coach Kim have been constantly impacted but could not make Darmstadt 98 and especially Valencia change their mind.

Kim said Korea will continue to convince the two European teams. They left a position in the squad waiting for Lee or Paik to return. The list of 23 Korean players for the Asian tournament will only be finalized on December 29.

Koreans are determined by the U23 Asian finals and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifier. They need the strongest force to compete for the Olympics.

The Asian U23 tournament is not part of FIFA’s competition system, so clubs are not obliged to return players to the teams. Kim and the Korean Football Federation are actively negotiating with Valencia (Spain) club about the case of midfielder Lee Kang-in, and with SV Darmstadt 98 club midfielder Paik Seung-ho.

Lee Kang-in, 18, and Paik Seung-ho, 20, each played for the Korean national team. Lee was also the star of the 2019 U20 World Championship, where he and his teammates reached the final and won the Golden Ball of the tournament.

In the list of 22 players announced by coach Kim Hak-bum, notably Song Bum-keun, goalkeeper of the three-time national champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Lee Dong-jun, the best player in the league. Two Korean or midfielder Jeong Woo-yeong, who returned from SC Freiburg (Germany).

U23 Asia takes place in Thailand from January 8 to January 26, 2020. South Korea is in Group C along with Uzbekistan, China and Iran. There are three other tables. The teams in the group will compete in a round-robin to select the two teams leading into the quarterfinals.

The top three teams are awarded tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Since Japan is the host, if they make it to the semi-finals, the remaining three teams will automatically have tickets.