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South Korea defeat Argentina to secure spot in U-20 World Cup knockout stage

Hosts South Korea U-20 have secured a place in the 2017 U-20 FIFA World Cup round of 16 after defeating Argentina U-20 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on Tuesday.

Barcelona wonderkids Lee Seung-woo and Paik Seung-ho both scored in the first half to ultimately give a 2-1 vicory for the Taeguk Warriors over the South American giants.

“I didn’t expect to have a really tough match, but Argentina were Argentina today,” said coach Shin Tae-yong was quoted by Yonhap. “Our players really made sacrifices and did well.”

“Argentina tried to sway the match in their favor whenever they had the ball, but today, we showed our strength to defend the lead.

The 46-year-old tactician, who is also a former Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma player, claimed that the massive victory could give his team more confidence to shine in the tournament.

“I realized that South Korea can play competitive football on the world stage,” he aded. “I believe that today’s victory will take our players to the next level.”

South Korea will continue their journey as they will face England U-20 on Friday. They are only three points away to set a historic record by reaching the knockout stage with three victories at the group stage.