Despite the pressure of being the favorite and the humid conditions, Byun Sung-hwan never backed down.
Byun Sung-hwan and the South Korea U-17 national team fell to France 0-1 in their second Group E match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Indonesia 2023 on Friday afternoon (July 15) at the National Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.
‘Favorites’ France opened the scoring in the second minute of the first half. Utilizing an unorthodox tactic from a corner kick, they opted to pass instead of cross, and Amougou found the back of the net with a powerful shot from outside the box. The ball was sucked into the corner where Hong Sung-min could not reach it.
Despite conceding the goal, South Korea showed grit throughout the match. In the 20th minute, Baek In-woo received a long pass from the right side and was immediately surrounded by two French defenders, but he didn’t give up and used his physicality to keep the ball. He then attempted a cross, but it was blocked by the French defense.
In the second half, South Korea took control of the game, running one step ahead of the French players, who were physically tired in the humid conditions, and gaining more ball possession. France was unable to generate much activity and instead looked for a counterattack.
South Korea, who started the game on the front foot, created the decisive chance in the 13th minute. A cross from the right side was met by Jin Tae-ho with a direct volley. Unfortunately, the ball hit the post. If it had gone in, it would have been a fantastic goal. 무지개토토 도메인
We continued to dominate, but we lacked the finishing touch and were unable to create clear-cut chances. We played fearlessly in the wet against the favorites, but we were just one shot short. For the national team, it was a game to remember in many ways.