U17 : Injury time goal for Korea Republic ensure a knockout stages spot
An injury-time winner from substitute Oh Sehun has given Korea Republic an eleventh hour win over Guinea and progress to the Round of 16 from FIFA U-17 World Cup Group B after two wins out of two.
Guinea displayed plenty of energy in the opening stages and enjoyed the better sights of goal, though there was little difference in the possession stakes. Korea Republic defender Park Myeongsu tried to break the deadlock, only for his powerful shot to narrowly miss the target.
However, the best chance of the opening half fell to Guinea as Naby Bangoura’s snapshot was blocked by Ahn Joonsoo and Sam Diallo was inches away from following up.
The second half was a more balanced and less energised affair although Guinea had two early sights of goal via Yamadou Toure with a big chance, and then Alseny Soumaha a few moments later.
Korea were denied just past the hour mark only by a brilliant double block from Moussa Camara who firstly denied Lee Seungwoo, and then Park Sanghyeok on the follow up.
The win leaves Korea Republic top of the standings and through to the knockout stages following their opening 1-0 defeat of Brazil, while Guinea have just one point after their 1-1 draw against England.
“Guinea was quite difficult to beat, very fast on the counter with four good attackers. But their defence weakened in the second period and we gradually gained the upper hand. We can still show a lot more things in this World Cup. So far we have defended and countered well, but I think we can show more offensive play. We have the players to do so,” Choi Jincheul, Korea Republic coach.
“We lost a game we should not have lost, with a goal at the last minute. We had chances, but did not convert them. Above all we pay for our inexperience and mistakes in defence,” Hamidou Camara, Guinea coach.
Source : FIFA