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Group C: Korea Republic 1-3 France

Goiania: France got the better of Korea Republic 3-1 on Wednesday in a Group C clash at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019. 

Both teams entered the encounter boasting wins in their tournament debuts, with Korea Republic having defeated Haiti 2-1 and France beating Chile 2-0.

France, however, left the Estadio da Serrinha unscathed thanks in large part to their organised attacking moves.

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France had to work hard for their victory as Korea Republic played a tight defensive game as they looked to hit the European side on counter attacks.

The French pressure, however, paid off in the 17th minute when Isaac Lihadji threaded his pass into the path of a charging Amaud Kalimuendo-Muinga, whose low shot stung the back of the net.

Naouirou Ahamada and Timothee Pembele linked up skilfully in the penalty area for the second goal three minutes from half-time.

Ahmada picked out Lihadji one-on-one with the goalkeeper for France's third in the 78th minute.

Korea Republic were missing starting left-back Lee Tae-seok due to a red card picked up in their first match, a 2-1 win over Haiti.

His absence was evident on France's first goal, which came to fruition down the right side.

The Korean attack was mostly unable to trouble France goalkeeper Melvin Zinga until the end of the match, when substitute Jeong Sang-bin scored from 10 yards in the 89th minute.

Korea Republic still have a chance to advance to the knockout stage as they play Chile in their final group match on Saturday.

Chile defeated Haiti 4-2 on Wednesday and are second in the standings ahead of Korea Republic on goal difference.

Sources:, FIFA via Getty Images

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