U17 : A goal in the opening minutes of each half gives Russia a win
Russia cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Korea DPR at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile
Thanks to a goal in each half – first from Ivan Galanin and then Fedor Chalov. Despite Korea DPR creating some clear-cut chances of their own, the European side controlled proceedings and look good value as early Group E leaders.
The Russians made an electric start, and were ahead within two minutes. Alexander Lomovitskiy crossed the ball in from the left, Dmitrii Pletnev cut the ball back and Galanin was there to sidefoot home.
Korea DPR were then celebrating, having put the ball in the net, but it was disallowed for offside. The ball found its way to Ryang Hyon Ju who poked home through the goalkeeper’s legs, but he was in an offside position.
Chalov then found space down the Russian left and looked to pick out Dmitrii Pletnev, but his cross was just behind Russia’s No7 and he could not convert the opportunity.
More great interplay by the Russians saw Chalov stepover the ball, with the Galanin looking to double his tally with another sidefooted strike, but he was denied by Ri Chol Song.
Into the second half, Ri had less reason to be pleased with himself as Chalov double the European side’s advantage. The Korea DPR goalkeeper came out to clear a long ball and kicked only the air, leaving an open net for Chalov to finish into.
Russia will face the other opening victors in Group E, Costa Rica on Thursday in Concepcion, while Korea DPR will look to get on the right track against South Africa earlier