Kim Eun-Joong: “We had the numerical advantage…we could have scored a lot”

By Ahn Hong-seok = “We could have scored more goals, which is a bit disappointing,” said Kim Eun-joong, head coach of the South Korea U-20 national soccer team, after their match against Honduras on Saturday (June 26).

South Korea drew 2-2 with Honduras in their second Group F match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 at the Mendoza Stadium in Argentina.

A win would have clinched a spot in the round of 16 early, but the team was unable to capitalize on the “good fortune” of having one of their opponents sent off early and had to settle for a point.

“We had the numerical advantage, but they were all down (in defense), so it was actually difficult to score,” said coach Kim Eun-joong after the game, adding, “We were a little less composed on good chances.”

After conceding two early goals, South Korea equalized in the second half through Kim Yong-hak’s (Portimonense) left-footed turner in the 13th minute and Park Seung-ho’s (Incheon) header from a set piece in the 17th minute.

Park Seung-ho came on for 안전놀이터 Cho Young-kwang (Seoul) eight minutes into the second half, and the back-to-back goals came after coach Kim Eun-jung made the substitution.

However, Park Seung-ho had to be substituted again after the goal as he suffered a right foot injury, much to the disappointment of the fans.

Coach Kim Eun-joong said, “It’s an unexpected injury. We’ll have to wait and see, but we have other resources, so we won’t think too much about it and will prepare well for the next game.”

Kim Eun-Joong is currently second in the group (4-1 W, 1 D) behind Gambia (6-2 W).

South Korea’s progression to the round of 16 will depend on the outcome of the final three group games on Monday at 6 a.m. ET. South Korea will face Gambia, who have already qualified for the round of 16.

Coach Kim Eun-joong said, “We need to give more than 100 percent against the Gambia. We will recover well over the next two days and prepare to the best of our abilities.”

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