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Group C: Korea Republic 2-1 Haiti


Goiania: Korea Republic nullified an energetic Haiti side to capture a 2-1 victory in Group C play at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 at the Estádio da Serrinha on Sunday. 

The Taeguk Warriors capitalised on a goalkeeping mistake to take the lead in the 26th minute and added another to their tally 15 minutes later by forcing a turnover, earning a lead they would not relinquish to open their campaign in style.

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A Eom Jisung's free-kick, taken 10 yards from the right corner of the penalty area, was so tantalising that it caught Stephner Paul flat-footed.

The Haiti goalkeeper sensed the danger too late, and the ball nestled into the back corner of the net.

Opportunism was the Taeguk Warriors' forte in the match; Choi Minseo's first-time finish in the 41st minute was the product of Korea Republic winning the ball back in a dangerous area.

Subdued by their opponent for most of the second half, Carl Sainte's 88th-minute laser from outside the box breathed a second wind into his team and the crowd, but they could not equalise before the final whistle.

In Group C's other match on Sunday, France defeated Chle 2-0.

Korea Republic face France on Wednesday.

Sources: FIFA.com, FIFA via Getty Images