Bae Jun-ho (Daejeon Hana Citizen) scored a goal and an assist against Ecuador to help South Korea advance to the quarterfinals.
Led by head coach Kim Eun-joong, the South Korean U-20 team defeated Ecuador 3-2 in the round of 16 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 at the Santiago del Estero Stadium in Argentina on June 2 at 6 a.m. ET to reach the quarterfinals.
Bae Joon-ho’s performance was particularly impressive. Bae started the game and set up Lee Young-joon’s goal in the 11th minute with a sharp delivery cross. In the 19th minute, he scored himself. After receiving the ball near the penalty box, Bae Jun-ho cleverly outmuscled the opposing defender and finished with a neat shot that rattled the Ecuadorian net.
“I had been injured since the qualifiers, so I felt very sorry for my teammates, so I played with the idea of playing hard rather than playing well, and I think that led to a good performance,” Bae said after the game. 스포츠토토
After a perfect performance, Bae Jun-ho was substituted in the 37th minute of the second half with the score 3-1. Ecuador scored just two minutes after Bae’s substitution to cut the deficit to one goal, but South Korea held on for dear life. When asked about the circumstances surrounding Ecuador’s late goal, Bae recalled, “I was off the field, so I watched the game while cheering my teammates on.”
Their quarterfinal opponent is Nigeria. Kim Eun Joong-ho will face Nigeria at 2:30 a.m. on May 5 for a spot in the quarterfinals. Nigeria defeated ‘favorite’ Argentina in the round of 16 to reach the quarterfinals. However, Bae said, “It doesn’t matter who the opponent is. If we prepare our game as well as we have done so far, we will have a good result,” he said.