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U-22 National Team qualified for the Championship finals

Date : 2017.07.24 View : 2042
The U-22 Korea National Team was successful to be qualified for the final of the '2018 AFC U-23 Championship'.

The U-22 Korea National Team, temporarily led by Coach Jung Jungyong won a victory over Vietnam 2-1 in the 3rd round which was held at Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on July 23 and gained a ticket to fight for the final game while recording 1st ranking in a group with 2 wins and 1 tie.

Korea used 4-4-2 formation. Cho Youngwook (Korea Universtiy) and Lee Sangheon (Ulsan Hyundai) stood at front while Doo Hyeonseok (Yonsei University), Lee Jinhyun (Sungkyunkwan University), Hwang Inbeom (Daejeon Citizen) and Kim Jinya (Incheon United) lined up for the midfield. The back four were formed by Yoon Jonggyu (Gyeongnam), Lee Sangmin (Soongsil University), Jeong Taewook (Ajou University) and Park Jaewoo (Daejeon Citizens) and Song Bumkeun played as the goalkeeper.

Vietnam, the home team played offensively from the beginning of the game but the first goal was gained by Korea. In the 19', Lee Sangheon did not miss mistake of the opponent goalkeeper and made a successful goal. However, 1-0 lead did not last long. In the 33', the team allowed counter attack of Nguyen Cong Phuong. Phuong grabbed the ball from left side, put aside the Korea's defense players by dribble, broke through to the center and made a shooting. The ball shook the goal net.

Korea stood against calmly. In the 41', after the pass play between Hwang Inbeom and Cho Youngwook, the goal was gained with a clear shooting. Amongst one sided support of the home audiences who filled the stadium, Korea took the led back in a short time and played the game favorably.

In the second half, Vietnam played a fierce attack. There were a few risks followed. In the 65', Vietnam's free kick slightly went beyond the goalpost. However, Korea's defense including Song Bumkeum, the goalkeeper, hold out the rest of the time. Korea, which recorded 2 wins and 1 tie with a victory in a game against Vietnam, beat Vietnam with one more winning score and placed as the 1st ranking in I group.

[ 2018 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifier 3rd Round]

Korea 2-1 Vietnam
Score: Lee Sangheon (19'), Hwang Inbeom (41', Korea), Nguyen Cong Phuong (33', Vietnam)
Line-ups : Song Bumkeun (GK) - Yoon Jonggyu, Lee Sangmin, Jeong Taewook, Park Jaewoo - Doo Hyeonseok (71', Kim Daewon), Lee Jinhyun, Hwang Inbeom, Kim Jinya (81', Kang Jihun) - Lee Sangheon, Cho Youngwook (64' Kim Seungwoo)

Words = Kwon Taejung
Photos = AFC