South Korea pulled within two points, but couldn’t pull off the upset. They also failed to advance to the round of 16.
Kim Eun-joong’s South Korea Under-20 team drew 2-2 with Honduras in their second match of Group F at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 at the Malvinas Stadium in Mendoza, Argentina on Friday at 6:00 a.m. ET.
Ahead of the match, the starting lineups were revealed. South Korea started with Lee Young-joon, Kim Yong-hak, Lee Seung-won, Kang Sung-jin, Kang Sang-yoon, Bae Jun-ho, Park Chang-woo, Choi Seok-hyun, Kim Ji-su, Bae Seo-joon, and Kim Jun-hong.
Honduras lined up in a 4-2-3-1 with Marco Aseituno up front, followed by Hefrin Macias, Isaac Castillo, Exon Arsu, David Luis, Tomas Sorto, Javier Ariaga, Jeremy Rodas, Anfronit Tatum, Felix Garcia, and Jurgen Garcia.
In the 16th minute, things went badly for Honduras. Frontline striker Aseituno rolled his ankle on his own in the previous play and went down. Honduras made an early substitution, with Daniel Carter Boden coming on for Aceituno.
South Korea conceded the opening goal in the 21st minute. A minute earlier, striker Daniel Carter Boden collided with Choi Seok-hyun on a breakaway, and the referee awarded a penalty kick after a VAR review. Kicker Lewis stepped up to take the spot kick, which went in after being hit by Kim Jun-hong’s hand.
Lewis was shown a red card in the 27th minute. He contested a ball with Bae Seo-Joon near the touchline and struck him in the face with his right hand. The referee’s initial reaction was a warning, but the color of the card changed to red after the VAR review.
With the numerical advantage, Korea continued to press Honduras. In the 37th minute, Kim Yong-hak made a quick counterattack and passed to Bae Jun-ho. Bae attempted a right-footed shot from near the penalty area, but it was blocked by a defender.
In the 42nd minute, Kim Yong-hak broke through on the left side of the penalty area and fired a powerful left-footed shot. However, he was denied by the goalkeeper.
Six minutes of first-half stoppage time were awarded. In the second minute of added time, Sorto was cautioned for a rough block to stop a counterattack by Bae Joon-ho. In the fourth minute of added time, Kim Yong-hak tried a sharp left-footed shot from outside the penalty area, but it went just wide of the side netting.
Five minutes into the second half, South Korea conceded another goal. On a Honduran counterattack, Carter played a return pass near the penalty area and Castillo found the corner of the goal with a right-footed curling shot. The shot curled in and split the net. Goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong also tried his hand but was unable to stop it.
In the 13th minute of the second half, Kim Yong-hak scored the winning goal. Kim Yong-hak sent a low turning shot from the penalty area into the corner of the net. With the gap down to one goal again, South Korea was able to mount a comeback.
In the 17th minute of the second half, South Korea equalized when Lee Seung-ho headed back a corner kick from Lee Seung-won into the corner of the net. Eight minutes into the second half, coach Kim Eun-jung made a substitution, taking off Bae Jun-ho and bringing on Park Seung-ho.
In the 20th minute, Park Seung-ho went down with an injury and was carried off on a stretcher, and Lee Seung-jun came on in his place. In the 35th minute, Lee Seung-woon was taken off and Hwang In-taek came on.
In the 36th minute, Lee Young-joon hit a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area, but it went wide of the goal.
In the 40th minute, Cho Young-kwang sent in a sharp cross from the right side of the field. However, the cross was deflected by the opposing goalkeeper and hit the crossbar.
Eight minutes of second-half stoppage time were awarded. South Korea missed a crucial counterattack opportunity. Kim Yong-hak penetrated near the halfway line, received the ball, and sprinted forward. After keeping the ball in the penalty area, he released a pass to Kang Sung-jin, who struck it with his right foot, but it was blocked by the goalkeeper 안전놀이터.
In the fifth minute of extra time, Honduran midfielder Sorto attempted a powerful right-footed mid-range shot. Kim Jun-hong saved the day by hitting it into the back of the net.
A minute later, Choi Seok-hyun received his second booking for breaking up a counterattack. The sending off made it difficult for him to play in the next match. Just before the end of the second half, Carter’s shot from the penalty area sailed high over the bar. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.