U-20: First-time Finalists Soar Closer to Glory
11 Jun 2019
After a pair of hotly contested semi-finals, just two teams are left standing to battle for the top spot at Poland 2019. First-time finalists Ukraine and Korea Republic will meet in Lodz on Saturday to determine the next FIFA U-20 World Cup champion.
The Ukrainians proved unbreakable for captain Andrea Pinamonti and the Italian attack. A tense opening period gave way to both sides generating more scoring opportunities in the second half. As they've done time and again in Poland, Ukraine took advantage of their opponents' attacking aggression; this time No10 Serhii Buletsa provided the finish in the 65th minute, and his side clamped down on a threatening Azzurrini bunch to advance 1-0.
Korea Republic came out pressing in the second semi-final, disrupting Ecuador's rhythm. Lee Kangin continued his sizzling form in the knockout rounds with a clever free-kick in the 39th minute, surprising La Tri by taking it quickly to catch Choi Jun in stride behind the defence. Jun curled his shot inside the far post to give the Taeguk Warriors a 1-0 lead they would not surrender.
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