Group D - Matchday Two: Afghanistan 0-7 Korea Republic
Kuala Lumpur: Korea Republic took a huge step towards the knockout stage of the AFC U-16 Championship 2018 Malaysia after defeating Afghanistan 7-0 in a Group D tie at the Petaling Jaya Stadium on Tuesday.
Korea Republic quickly seized control and easily dealt with Afghanistan’s sporadic attacks.
However, Afghanistan had their first sight at goal in the 19th minute through Ali Zahidi but his shot lacked venom and it was easily collected by Korea Republic custodian Shin Song-hoon.
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Two minutes later, Korea Republic found the back of the net through Ahn Gi-hun’s effort from point blank range following Lee Tae-seok’s long throw-in which was flicked on by Choi Min-seo.
Afghanistan found themselves in danger again in the 30th minute following Seo Jae-min’s free-kick which found its way into the hands of M Sharif Aminzada and two minutes later, the Afghanistan goalkeeper blocked Choi Min-seo’s close range effort.
Ahn picked up his second of the night after he caught the Afghanistan backline napping following Lee Jun-suk’s long-range pass and the midfielder pounced on the opportunity as he scored past a rooted Aminzada in the 34th minute.
Afghanistan suffered further setback moments before half-time with Esmatullah Kazimi's own goal, following Lee Tae-seok’s layoff from the right.
After the break, Korea Republic took just a minute to find their fourth with Lee the provider again after his cross found Paik Sang-hoon who headed the ball into the back of the net.
Korea Republic inflicted more misery on their opponents in the 58th minute when Aminzada failed to latch on to Hong Yun-sang’s low cross from the left as substitute Jeong Sang-bin scored with a simple tap-in.
Jeong was on target again in the 63rd minute when he headed the ball into the top left corner with Choi Min-seo assisting following Jo Jin-ho’s corner.
Korea Republic were relentless and picked up their seventh in the 67th minute after Jeong burst down the right, beating three defenders before passing to Hong Yun-sang who rounded off Aminzada.
Korea Republic play Iraq and Afghanistan face Australia in their final group matches on Friday.
Sayed Hadi Kazemi: Afghanistan head coach
“Korea Republic played well, the result showed that. We had a plan against them but we could not execute it well enough. We gained a lot of experience from our games against Iraq and Korea. This is the first time we’re playing in this tournament and we hope to improve in our next match against Australia. It is our last match and we will be playing for the three points.”
Kim Jung-soo: Korea Republic head coach
“I would like to congratulate the players for the victory, it’s always nice to win. We did think that this match was not going to be easy, our players were a bit complacent at the beginning. We knew that their players were skillful. However we knew we would have some chances through set-pieces or throw-ins. Other players stepped up today and got the goals so, it’s good for us.”
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