It’s time for the backup goalkeeper to show his presence.
The Korean national under-20 (U20) soccer team led by coach Kim Eun-joong will play the 3rd match of the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup Group F group stage against Gambia at Mendoza Stadium in Argentina at 6 am (Korean time) on the 29th.
It’s time for a new goalkeeper. Korea left the gloves to goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong (Sangmu Kim Cheon) in the previous match against France in the first match (2-1 win) and the second match against Honduras (2-2 draw). In the match against France, Kim Joon-Hong was called ‘Bit Jun-Hong’ because of his brilliant save and stable handling of the ball in the air.
However, due to an incomprehensible decision, a penalty kick (PK) was allowed and even a warning was received. The opposing striker collided with both sides, but referee John Ospina declared Kim Jun-hong a foul. After complaining of a headache right after the foul, he allowed a penalty point.
He was also given a warning in the second leg. It happened during extra time in the second half when the game was 2-2. Kim Joon-hong received a yellow card for delaying the goal while preparing for a goal kick. Kim Jun-hong, who received one warning each in the first and second games, cannot play in the third game.
Another goalkeeper, Moon Hyeon-ho (Chungnam Asan) and Kim Jeong-hun (Korea University) prepare for a sortie. Moon Hyun-ho is 193 cm tall. It is the largest among the 21 Korean players who participated in this tournament. Thanks to his excellent physical condition, he is evaluated as smart and good in defense.
There is also Kim Jung-hoon. Kim Jeong-hoon was born in 2004 and is the youngest, one year younger than Kim Jun-hong and Moon Hyun-ho. Kim Jung-hoon is evaluated for his excellent build-up ability because of his good foot technique. Among the 21 entries, only Choi Seok-hyeon (Dankook University) and Kim Jeong-hoon are university students. The remaining 19 are all members of professional teams.
Coach Kim Eun-jung, preparing for the third game,안전놀이터 said, “Recovery is the most important. After recovering well, I will pour more than 100% in the game against Gambia.” South Korea, which had 1 win and 1 draw earlier, is currently in second place in the group, while Gambia, their opponent in the third match, recorded two wins and is in first place in the group. Korea must catch Gambia in order to become No. 1 in the group.