With the FIFA U-20 World Cup coming to a close, head coach Kim Eun-jung expressed his desire to make Asia proud with the performance of his Korean team. Their final match in the tournament will be against Israel in the third-place match in La Plata, Argentina.
Both Korea and Israel have exceeded expectations by reaching this stage of the tournament. Korea remained undefeated in the group stage and secured victories against Ecuador and Nigeria in the knockout rounds before falling to Italy in the semifinals. Israel caused a major upset by defeating Brazil in the quarterfinals and subsequently lost to Uruguay in the semifinals.
Coach Kim acknowledged Israel’s strong performances, particularly highlighting their depth and physicality. He mentioned Japan as an example, noting that even with a player sent off, Israel managed to defeat them. Kim emphasized the importance of securing a medal and expressed disappointment if they were unable to achieve that goal.
Korean midfielder Bae echoed his coach’s sentiments and acknowledged the strength of the Israeli team. However, he expressed confidence in his own team’s abilities and their determination to secure a victory.ees-homepage.net
Overall, the Korean team is focused on upholding the pride of Asia and aiming to finish the tournament on a positive note by clinching a medal in the third-place match.