The U.S. National Soccer Team got off to a strong start at the U20 World Cup, winning their first match against powerhouse France.
After defending well against France’s early offense, our players were caught off guard by a quick counterattack in the 22nd minute.
Kim Yong-hak set up the perfect opportunity, and captain Lee Seung-won rattled the net in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper.
Kim Yong-hak’s counter-attack was a cog in the wheel.
In the second half, after fending off a more aggressive French offense with their bodies, the Koreans were rewarded with a promised set piece.
In the 19th minute of the second half, long striker Lee Young-joon celebrated after he redirected a short free kick from Lee Seung-won with his head.
However, shortly after the goal, goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong suffered a head injury when he collided with a charging opponent.
There was a vague warning that the goalkeeper hadn’t touched the ball, and a penalty kick was awarded, which we conceded, bringing us back to within one goal.스포츠토토
With over eight minutes of added time, France pushed forward, but Kim Joon-hong made a flying save to preserve his goal.
After beating the mighty French 2-1, our players bundled up and celebrated.
Korea will now face Honduras and Gambia, who are relatively easy opponents.