In a tournament where Lee Kang-in, 22, was named the Most Valuable Player four years ago, another Taegeuk warrior stole the show.
Bae Joon-ho, 20, of Daejeon Hana Citizen, scored a goal and added an assist to lead South Korea to a 3-2 victory over Ecuador in the round of 16 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, on Sunday (Sept. 2) to advance to the quarterfinals.메이저놀이터
Starting on the left flank in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Bae scored two of the team’s three goals. But it wasn’t just his two goals that made him stand out. He led the South Korean attack with his individual skill and dribbling ability, as well as his creative passing, all while wearing the No. 10 shirt.
South Korea rattled Ecuador with their organized defense and counterattacks, and Bae was at the center of their tactics. In the 10th minute of the first half, Bae shined. During a counterattack, the ball was played to Bae. Bae Jun-ho used his upper body to beat one defender before sending a roving pass to Lee Young-joon in the penalty box. The ball left Bae Jun-ho’s feet and found its way to Lee Young-joon, who rattled the Ecuadorian net with a chest-trapping right-footed volley.
The second goal highlighted Bae Junho. The ball was played to Bae, who was positioned near the penalty arc. The Ecuadorian defense had his back to him. After creating space with a heel kick, Bae Junho broke down a defender with a shot-painting move and placed a right-footed shot into the corner of the goal to give his team the second goal.
Bae continued to rattle Ecuador with his dribbling and forward passing. In the 19th minute of the second half, with the score 3-1, he beat two defenders in the defensive zone and then played a forward pass to Kang Sung-jin, who quickly broke down the defense and created a counterattack opportunity. According to FIFA, Bae attempted 57 sprints in the match, the most by either team. Hwang In-bum’s performance for the A team was replicated by Bae Jun-ho on his toes for the U20s.
Bae Joon-ho, the ace of Kim Eun-joong, is one of the hottest prospects in Korean soccer. Since his youth, he has been recognized as a top talent by European clubs. He’s only 20 years old, and unlike many players his age, he’s a mainstay in his club, Daejeon. Along with Kim Ji-Soo, who has been linked to Brentford in the English Premier League, he is considered the favorite to make it to Europe at this point in time, and national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann is said to be keeping an eye on him.
Lee, who won the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award four years ago, is now a fixture in the Spanish Primera Liga alongside the South Korean national team. The future of South Korean soccer continues to look bright with the arrival of another promising youngster who is shaking up the world stage.
After finishing second in their group with one win and two draws, South Korea advanced to the quarterfinals for the second straight tournament with the win. They will face Nigeria in the quarterfinals.