Eom Ji-sung inspired by Korea Republic's Poland 2019 heroics
Goiania: Less than five months ago in Poland, Korea Republic's U-20 team were slicing through their competition at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Led by Golden Ball winner Lee Kang-in and heroic shot-stopper Lee Gwang-yeon, the young Taeguk Warriors took home a silver medal. It was the best finish at a men's FIFA tournament in the country's history.
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.
Lodz: Golden Ball winner Lee Kang-in will savour every moment of the welcome the Korea Republic 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup squad will receive upon their return to Seoul on Monday.
A celebration ceremony has been arranged for the squad which defied expectations to finish runners-up to Ukraine on Saturday.
Korea Republic enjoyed a dream start, with midfielder Lee giving them the lead in the fifth minute from the penalty spot.
Korea Republic's exploits in the tournament, which had seen them score five consecutive wins en route to the final after having lost to Portugal in their tournament opener, eventually caught up with them as they tired and Ukraine walked away 3-1 winners.
Lodz: Korea Republic's FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 title hopes ended in heartbreak as Vladyslav Supriaga struck twice and Giorgi Tsitaishvili once as Ukraine defeated the East Asians 3-1 in the final on Saturday.
Featuring in their first-ever global final, Korea Republic struck first through Lee Kang-in, who converted his penalty in the fifth minute after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check determined that captain Hwang Taeh-yeon was tripped inside the right edge of the box.