South Korea advance to the next round of the FIFA U20 World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Argentina, which saw them progress alongside the South American side in second place.
After beginning their campaign with a 1-0 loss to Portugal, South Korea’s chances of progression looked slim. However, a victory over South Africa in their second match meant that the side could still qualify, provided that they overcame the South American giants.
Korea started the game brightly, and managed to break the deadlock minutes before half time, as Valencia youngster Lee Kang-in set up a perfect cross, headed home by striker Oh Se-Hun.
The Asian side then doubled their lead in the 57th minute, when Jeong Ho-Jin got beyond three Argentine defenders and squared the ball for Cho Young-Wook, who managed to fire a second for South Korea.
Argentina continued to press forward in order to get back into the match, with striker Adolfo Gaich being denied on multiple occasions by goalkeeper Lee Gwang-Yeon. The Korean goalkeeper was finally beaten by a long-range effort from Cristian Ferreira, but the goal proved to be a mere consolation as the Asian side ran out 2-1 winners.
South Korea are one of two remaining Asian sides in the competition, along with Japan, who they will face in the round of 16 on Tuesday, June 4th.