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Ukraine v Korea Republic: Road to the Final 


Friday, June 14, 2019
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Lodz: Korea Republic and Ukraine will lock horns in Saturday’s FIFA U-20 World Cup final after stellar campaigns that have left the two nations just one win away from what would be a first title at this level for either side. 


With the excitement beginning to build in Poland, join the-AFC.com as we take a closer look at how both teams reached this weekend’s title showdown at the impressive Lodz Stadium.

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Korea Republic

Group A, May 25: Portugal 1-0 Korea Republic

Triancao's seventh minute strike steered Portugal to a 1-0 win over Korea Republic in their opening Group F tie at the Bielsko-Biala Stadium. It was, though, not an easy victory for the European champions as they were forced to dig deep by a Korean side pressing hard for the equaliser.

Group A, May 28: South Africa 0-1 Korea Republic

Chung Jung-yong’s charges picked up their first points courtesy of a hard-fought 1-0 win against a resilient South Africa. The decisive breakthrough came with just over 20 minutes remaining when, from a deflected cross, defender before Kim Hyun-woo pounced to head the ball home.

Group A, May 31: Korea Republic 2-1 Argentina

The Koreans duly booked their place in the Round of 16 after ending Argentina’s unblemished start with a deserved 2-1 win in Tychy. Oh Se-hun and Cho Young-wook were on target for the young Taeguk Warriors at they set up a last eight meeting with regional rivals Japan.

[U-20 월드컵] ‘오세훈 결승골’ 정정용호, 일본 꺾고 8강행
기사보기▶ https://t.co/BqtKB3F7Ap#대한민국 #U20 #국가대표팀 #FIFA #U20WC pic.twitter.com/EmZqZj9L0v

— 대한축구협회(KFA) (@theKFA) June 5, 2019

Round of 16, June 4: Japan 0-1 Korea Republic

Oh Se-hun's 86th minute strike saw Korea Republic secure their ticket through to the last eight after they edged Japan 1-0 at the Lubnin Stadium. In an enthralling encounter, Oh converted late on to guarantee his side a quarter-final showdown with Senegal.

Quarter-finals, June 8: Korea Republic 3-3 Senegal (Korea Republic win 3-2 on pens)

Korea Republic twice came from behind – and were then denied at the death – to earn a 3-3 draw with Senegal after 120 minutes of scintillating football in Bielsko Biala. The Koreans were to prevail in the ensuing penalty shootout however, with Oh Se-hun converting the decisive spot-kick.

[FT] 대한민국🇰🇷1-0🇪🇨에콰도르
대한민국 축구 역사상 최초 '남자 축구 FIFA대회 결승진출✨'
늦은 새벽, 대한민국 승리의 함성을 외쳐주신
축구팬 여러분께 감사의 인사를 드리며,
최고의 경기를 보여준 우리 선수들에게
아낌없는 박수를 부탁드립니다! pic.twitter.com/ARTAv6YJH5

— 대한축구협회(KFA) (@theKFA) June 11, 2019

Semi-finals, June 11: Ecuador 0-1 Korea Republic

Choi Jun's neat finish from a quickly taken Lee Kang-in free-kick helped Korea Republic seal a 1-0 win over Ecuador and a place in the title showdown. It will be Korea Republic's first appearance in the final, having lost in the semi-finals of the competition’s 1983 edition.

역사상 이런 팀이 있었을까요?
사흘마다 쓰여지는 감동의 #드라마
가늠조차 할 수 없는 그들의 #가능성
되돌아보면 그들의 목표는 처음부터 우승이었습니다.
다음 한 경기, 우리는 우승을 향해 달려갑니다!
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대한민국, 2019 FIFA U-20 월드컵 결승진출! pic.twitter.com/Yfk7mQ4qyV

— 대한축구협회(KFA) (@theKFA) June 11, 2019

Ukraine

For their part, Ukraine claimed top spot in Group D after beating the United States 2-1, Qatar 1-0 and drawing 1-1 with Nigeria. In the knockout phase, star striker Danylo Sikan scored twice as the Europeans cruised to a 4-1 win over Panama in the Round of 16, before Oleksandr Petrakov’s charges recorded narrow yet crucial 1-0 victories over Colombia and Italy in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

Photos: FIFA via Getty Images

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