Kim Eun-joong suffered from Italy’s dirty soccer.
The Korean national under-20 (U-20) soccer team led by coach Kim Eun-joong lost 1-2 to Italy in the semifinals of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup held at La Plata Stadium in Argentina on the 9th (Korean time). lost 먹튀검증
Korea, which aimed to advance to the finals in two consecutive tournaments, is unfortunately headed for the 3rd and 4th place. On the 12th, at 2:30 am, we will face Israel, who lost to Uruguay, for third place.
Kim Eun-joong faced Italy tightly. In the 14th minute of the first half, Cesare Casadei gave up the opening goal, but it did not shake. Korea, which calmly counterattacked, created a penalty kick in the 23rd minute of the first half. Bae Joon-ho (Daejeon Hana Citizen) was stepped on by opposing defender Mattia Zanotti. The first decision of the referee was that there was no problem, but after communicating with the VAR referee and after an on-field review, he declared a penalty kick.
It was captain Lee Seung-won (Gangwon FC) who overcame the pressure to succeed. Lee Seung-won, who calmly stared at Italy’s goal while holding the ball, dealt with it boldly. Confident in shooting, Lee Seung-Won kicked a powerful shot towards the top of his goal. The opposing goalkeeper read the direction, but couldn’t block Lee Seung-won’s shot, which reached a height that he couldn’t reach even if he stretched out his arms.
What was more difficult than Italy’s skills was the opponent’s rough play. Kim Eun-joong had to overcome Italy’s clever foul. The Italian style of physically striking with arms consistently remained the same.
Korea experienced the essence of dirty soccer by meeting Italy in the round of 16 of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. At the time, defender Kim Tae-young was hit with an elbow by Christian Vieri and even broke his nose. Francesco Totti got kicked out of Hollywood action.
▲ Lee Seung-won playing against Italy for the ball ⓒ Korea Football Association
▲ Bae Joon-ho breaking through Italy’s tough defense ⓒ Korea Football Association
The same was true of their descendants, young Italian players. He continued to grab the uniforms of Korean players and cut off the flow by slapping them or hitting their faces with their hands and elbows. Defender Choi Seok-hyeon (Dankook University) was hit in the face by Francesco Esposito in the 36th minute, and striker Lee Young-joon (Kim Cheon Sang-mu) was also hit by Gabriele Guarino. Bae Jun-ho, who had been stepped on by Zanotti, had his uniform pulled again before the end of the first half.
Italy committed 15 fouls in the first half alone. He also received two yellow cards. Despite committing an obvious foul, he continued to complain about the referee’s decision. In the first half, Giuseppe Ambrosino engaged in an unnecessary war of nerves and even received a card. The second half was no different. Italy tried to get on Korea’s nerves with 26 fouls in 90 minutes. It is a point of comparison with Korea, which has committed 12 fouls.
Kim Eun-joong showed a tense aspect with Italy while not responding greatly. However, 4 minutes before the end, Simone Papundi scored the winning goal from a free kick, and unfortunately headed for the 3rd and 4th place.