Round of 16 Preview: Japan v Korea Republic
Lodz: Japan and Korea Republic are set to lock horns in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday, with both sides looking to continue their fine recent form and claim a place in the competition’s last eight.
Join the-AFC.com as we reveal all you need to know about the meeting between the two Asian powerhouses in Lublin – the winners of which will play either Senegal or Nigeria in the quarter-finals.
See also :
Who, What, Where, When
Japan v Korea Republic
FIFA U-20 World Cup Round of 16
Lublin Stadium, Lublin
June 4, 17:30 local time
Group stage form
Japan head into the encounter having not lost a game during the group stage, a run of form that saw them finish second in Group B behind Italy. The Japanese drew 1-1 in their opening game against Ecuador, before impressing throughout a 3-0 win over Mexico. A 0-0 draw with Italy duly sealed their ticket through to the knockout phase.
Korea Republic, meanwhile, won two and lost one of their three group stage matches en route to a second-place finish in Group F. After losing narrowly to Portugal, the Koreans claimed victories in their next two fixtures, beating South Africa 1-0 and six-time champions Argentina 2-1 – a win which ensured their progress to the next phase.
Taisei Miyashiro (pictured above), who shone brightly during the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship in Indonesia, scored twice against Mexico to top Japan’s goalscoring chart. Kim Hyun-woo, Oh Se-hun and Cho Young-wook have all found the net once for Korea Republic.
The two teams have only met once before in the competition, with Japan claiming a 2-1 win in the 2003 edition’s Round of 16. Choi Sung-kuk handed Korea Republic a 38th minute lead at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, only to see Daisuke Sakata equalise late on and then grab an extra-time winner for the Japanese.
FIFA U-20 World Cup history
Japan made their FIFA U-20 World Cup debut as hosts in 1979. In their past nine global outings, the young Samurai Blue have progressed beyond the group stage seven times, including three last-eight finishes. Their best performance to date came in 1999 when a team featuring the likes of Shinji Ono and Junichi Inamoto lost in the final to Spain.
With an impressive 12 AFC U-19 Championship titles to their name, Korea Republic are Asia’s most accomplished side in the age category. Poland 2019 represents their 15th FIFA U-20 World Cup appearance, and they have advanced to the competition’s knockout stage on seven previous occasion. A fourth-place finish in 1983 is their best display as of today.
Photos: FIFA via Getty Images
Recommended Stories :