‘One shot one kill’ with a set piece… Choi Seok-hyun’s 95th minute header to break the silence
- on Jun 06, 2023
The Korean national soccer team scored twice in a row at the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a powerful set-piece. He vomited up the celebration of reaching the quarterfinals.
The Korean national team, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, won the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup Nigeria in the quarterfinals in Argentina on the 5th (Korean time) after a close match and won 1-0. Korea advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive time following the runner-up in the 2019 Polish tournament.
Kim Eun-joong scored the only goal of the match with a header by Choi Seok-hyeon (Dankook University) from a corner kick in the first half of extra time after the first and second half of 90 minutes without scoring. Kim Eun-joong started the game in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Lee Yeong-joon (Kimcheon) at the forefront and Kang Seong-jin (Seoul) and Kim Yong-hak (Portimonense) on the left and right wings.
Lee Seung-won, Lee Chan-wook (Gyeongnam), and Kang Sang-yoon (Jeonbuk) were lined up in the center, while Bae Seo-joon (Daejeon), Kim Ji-soo (Seongnam), Choi Seok-hyeon, and Park Chang-woo (Jeonbuk) were positioned in the defense. The goalkeeper was Kim Joon-hong (Kim Cheon) as the starter.
Nigeria dominated the early game. In the 8th minute of the first half, in a corner kick situation, Solomon Agbalaka’s header threatened our goal once. In the 29th minute of the first half, Nigerian Victor Eletu’s left-footed mid-range shot was parried by goalkeeper Kim Joon-hong, and even in the ensuing corner kick situation, Salim Rawal’s header missed to the right of our goal. On the other hand, Kim Eun-joong-ho did not create a scene that could be called this throughout the first half. Kim Eun-joong-ho was unable to score even in the second half. At the beginning of the second half, Seong-Jin Kang was removed and Joon-Ho Bae (Daejeon), who played an active role in the match against Ecuador, tried to make a change. In the 14th minute of the second half, Eun-Jung Kim seemed to rejuvenate the game with a powerful left-footed shot by Young-Jun Lee from the front of the penalty area. However, both teams failed to create a decisive chance after that, and the game eventually went into overtime.
The winning goal came in the 5th minute of extra time. A corner kick from Lee Seung-won from the left was headed by centre-back Choi Seok-hyun. The ball that brushed Choi Seok-hyun’s head hit the opposite corner of the goal and shook the net. The Nigerian defense was dense, but Seok-hyun Choi’s header was exquisite.
Kim Eun-joong scored 4 goals in this tournament only from set pieces. In the group stage match against France, Youngjun Lee scored a header, against Honduras, Seungho Park, and against Ecuador, Seokhyun Choi scored a header. Choi Seok-hyun, who is short for a center back, scored goals in two consecutive matches with excellent jumping and positioning skills.토토사이트
On this day, Kim Eun-joong’s effective shot was Choi Seok-hyun’s header. The national team had only 32% of attack share compared to Nigeria, which had 46% of the attack, and the number of shots was also inferior at 4-22. In particular, the effective shooting was 1-3, and he showed concentration enough to connect that only one effective shot to a goal.
Jeong Jeong-yong, coach of professional soccer team Gimcheon, who led the team to runner-up four years ago, praised Kim Eun-joong, saying, “The performance is much better than ours four years ago.”