U23 South Korea officially crown the championship of AFC U23 tournament
After 120 minutes with high intensity, the Korean U23 team defeated Saudi Arabia U23 to win the U23 Asian Championship for the first time in the history.
Being evaluated with more advantages but the Korean U23 soon faced the first danger. Right in the 2nd minute, the Saudi U23 team had the opportunity with the finish of Al-Hamdan.
The blue shirt players actively play with a low squad and wait for the opportunity. They almost had the goal to open the score after the mistake of goalkeeper Beom-keun. Thankfully for the Korean U23 when the opponent could not convert the chance.
In the remaining minutes of the first half, the Korean team took advantage of the physical strength of striker Oh Se-hun and launched the cross from the two borders. Unfortunately, the blue-shirt defenders have successfully neutralized it. They also had some very dangerous opportunities, notably the finish of Woo-yeong Jeong and the ball went over the bar. The first half ended 0-0.
Entering the second half, the Korean U23 team actively speeded up from the first minutes. Lee Dong-jun had a surprising handling phase after a breakthrough situation and then unleashed a technical shot into the far corner, but goalkeeper Al Yami had saved U23 Saudi Arabia.
Lee Dong-jun continued to threaten the goal but he should have needed more acuracy.
The game drifted to the end of the second half, U23 Saudi Arabia suddenly played very well thanks to its abundant physical foundation. In the 87th minute, South Korean fans were dumbfounded when Ghareeb shot a long shot in an empty position, fortunately the ball did not hit the Korean U23 goal.
The match must go into 2 halves of extra time. The match is maintained by Saudi Arabia U23 as the first minutes of the match. It was expected that both sides would have take penalty shootout, but the sudden goal in the 115th minute of Jong Tae-wook gave South Korea a huge advantage.
Tae-wook's only goal helps South Korea win the championship for the first time in their history. Their highest achievement was runner-up in 2016. Congratulations to the Korean U23 team
1′ – KICK OFF!
1′ – And it is Saudi Arabia who have the first shot on target of this final.
12′ – Almost a catastrophe for the South Koreans as Abdulrahman Ghareeb was so close to stealing the ball from the legs of goalkeeper Song Bum-keun.
20′ – CHANCE! Jeong Woo-yeong does brilliantly to hold off Saudi defender Saud Abdulhamid inside the box, then nutmeg him before firing a shot which is foiled by goalkeeper Mohammed Al Yami who is quick off his line.
29′ – CHANCE FOR SAUDI ARABIA! Abullah Al Hamdan fires a shot from inside the box, but he is denied by a brave block by South Korean captain Lee Sang-min!
35′ – Now a chance at the other end!
42′ – South Korea go close as Jeong Woo-yeong fails to keep his shot down from close range after a good build up.
45' The first half ends
HALF TIME: KOREA REPUBLIC 0-0 SAUDI ARABIA!
It has been a half that saw chances at both halves, but there has been no goals to tell you about despite both Saudis and South Koreans going close on more than one occasion.
46′ – SECOND HALF BEGINS!
And an interesting change at half-time for Korea Republic as Jeong Woo-yeong is replaced by Lee Dong-Jun.
58′ – Korea Republic chance as substitute Lee Dong-jun fires a shot after getting inside the area, but Al Yami with a good save to keep it goalless.
78′ – Another chance for South Korea as Lee Dong-jun is denied again. Time running out for them now to nick a win in the regulation time!
90′ – Into the injury time we go.
END OF 90 MINUTES: KOREA REPUBLIC 0-0 SAUDI ARABIA!
91′ – FIRST HALF OF EXTRA TIME BEGINS!
100′ – Oh Se-hun with the first clear chance of the extra time for South Korea.
105′ – One minute added on.
HALF TIME IN EXTRA TIME: KOREA REPUBLIC 0-0 SAUDI ARABIA!
15 more minutes to find a winner before we go into penalty shootouts.
106′ – SECOND HALF OF EXTRA TIME UNDERWAY
South Korea U23 will meet Saudi Arabia U23 in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship. Looking at the impressive performances of both teams until now, this deserves to be the dream final of the tournament.
Speaking ahead of the match, coach Kim Hak Bum was extremely confident: "We prepare for this tournament thoughtfully as if we will play each match as our last match.
We will not see this as a final, but think it is another match that is forced to win against tough opponents. I and the players know that we can do that. We all have tickets to the Olympics, so I believe that confidence will bring the final victory".
On the other side, coach Al Shehri highly appreciates the strength of the opponent: "South Korea is a good team with a solid defense. All their players are as good as Saudi Arabia. The next match will not be easy".
"We have already planned for the next match with our own style. All the players are ready for a good match against South Korea.
"South Korea has good players and so are we. We used to beat them in the U19 team and some players are still playing in this campaign. We have the experience to deal with them".
A day earlier, Australia U23 had won a ticket to the Tokyo Olympic after winning against Uzbekistan U23 in the third-place match.
Prediction: U23 South Korea 3-1 U23 Saudi Arabia
U23 South Korea: Beom-keun, Yu-hyeon, Tae-uk, Sang-min, Jin-ya, Seong-ung, Du-jae, Dong-jun, Jin-kyu, Dae-won, Kyu-seong.
U23 Saudi Arabia: Al-Yami, Saud Abdulhamid, Hassan M Tambakti, Abdulbaset Al-Hindi, Kahlid Al-Dubaysh, Ali Al-Hassan, Mukhtar Ali, Sami Al-Najei, Ayman Al-Khalif, Abdullah Al-Hamdan, Khalid Al-Ghannam.