Seoul: AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 winners Korea Republic made a triumphant return home on Tuesday.
On top of their Continental triumph, the young Taeguk Warriors also confirmed their place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, alongside Saudi Arabia, Australia and hosts Japan.
Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia had bagged their tickets to the Olympics after reaching the final, which the East Asians won 1-0, courtesy of Jeong Tae-wook's extra time header to complete their tournament with a perfect record of six wins.
My best achievement, says Korea Republic match winner Jeong
Bangkok: Jeong Tae-wook has described scoring the winning goal for Korea Republic to lift their first-ever AFC U23 Championship title as the best achievement of his young career.
After a goalless 90-minute stalemate meant extra time, it seemed penalties would be needed to decide the final until Jeong rose the highest to head home Lee Dong-gyeong’s curling free-kick in the 113th minute at the Rajamangala Stadium on Sunday.
Rotational policy reason for Korea Republic's triumph, says Kim
Bangkok: Korea Republic’s rotation policy was the secret to the country’s success at the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 claimed head coach Kim Hak-bum after seeing his team hand Saudi Arabia a 1-0 defeat in extra-time to win the title for the first time.
Defender Jeong Tae-wook scored the only goal of the game seven minutes from the end of the second period of extra-time to give the Koreans the title for the first time in their history as coach Kim added this crown to the gold medal won at the Asian Games in Indonesia in 2018.
Final: Jeong Tae-wook header seals Korea Republic title
Bangkok: Korea Republic claimed the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 title on Saturday thanks to a dramatic 1-0 extra-time win over Saudi Arabia.
Jeong Tae-wook’s goal in the 113th minute of a closely-fought encounter helped Korea Republic seal their first-ever Continental crown at this level, one which comes four years after they dramatically lost to Japan in the final of the competition’s 2016 edition.
For Saudi Arabia, however, the result brought late heartbreak following a campaign in which they had excelled en route to their disappointing defeat at the hands of their East Asian counterparts.
Alshehri predicts a bright future for Saudi Arabia’s rising stars
Bangkok: Head coach Saad Alshehri believes Saudi Arabia has a distinctly bright footballing future after watching his young charges lose 1-0 to Korea Republic in Sunday’s AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 final.
Jeong Tae-wook’s towering 113th minute header helped the Koreans seal their first-ever Continental crown at this level, a goal which left Saudi Arabia to reflect, instead, on their successful qualification for this year’s Olympic Games.