The Korean U-20 soccer team, which is challenging for the 13th Asian championship in 11 years, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup by winning first place in the group.
South Korea, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, drew 0-0 with Tajikistan in the final third match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-20 Asian Cup Group C group stage held at Milly Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on the 8th.
With this, Kim Eun-joong advanced to the quarterfinals tournament with 2 wins and 1 draw (7 points) and 1st place in the group. Jordan (1 win, 1 draw, 1 loss, 4 points) has the same points as Tajikistan (4 points), but according to the winner-to-win rule, they joined the quarterfinals in second place.
Korea struggled in the final game against Tajikistan, but showed off a solid shield by recording no goals in three group stage matches.
Korea, which last reached the top in the 2012 tournament, is aiming to regain the top spot for the first time in 11 years. Previously won 12 titles.
The quarterfinals, which will be an important road to victory, will be held on the 12th. Their opponent is second in Group D.
Each team played two games, and in Group D, Japan took first place with two wins (six points), and China and Saudi Arabia took second and third places with one win and one loss (three points), respectively.
The final ranking will be decided according to the results of the third round of the group stage between Japan and Saudi Arabia and China and Kyrgyzstan, which will be held on this day.
Initially, it was expected that Japan and Saudi Arabia would advance to the tournament, but it became complicated as China, the ambush, won 2-0 against Saudi Arabia in the second match.
Japan, which is aiming for first place in the group, and Saudi Arabia, which needs a victory to advance to the quarterfinals, are expected to engage in an all-out war. China, too, has to catch the weak Kyrgyzstan following the momentum of its victory in the second game. 먹튀검증
From Korea’s point of view, there is a possibility that Korea’s archrival Japan and defending champion Saudi Arabia, which are considered to be tough opponents, will be eliminated in the group stage.
Compared to Japan, 29 wins, 9 draws and 6 losses, against China, 13 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in 18 matches, all have an advantage.
Only Saudi Arabia is behind with 2 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in 7 matches. In particular, they lost 1-2 in the final of the last tournament.
It is an advantage to be able to rest one more day until the quarterfinals than the opponents in Group D. Korea must place in the top 4 in this tournament to qualify for the 2023 AFC U-20 World Cup held in Indonesia in May.