Joy for Korea Republic, heartbreak for Saudi Arabia
Tychy: Korea Republic edged South Africa 1-0 while Saudi Arabia suffered the agony of a late 4-3 defeat at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland on Tuesday.
Both Asian teams went into their respective matches needing to win after having lost their opening ties but while Korea Republic held on strongly after Kim Hyun-woo gave them the lead in the 69th minute, Saudi Arabia saw Mali come from behind twice to take all three points deep in added time.
Kageyama full of praise for Japan after win over Mexico
Gdynia: Japan head coach Masanaga Kageyama was full of praise for his young charges after a superb high-intensity performance saw them record a 3-0 win over Mexico at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland on Sunday.
Two neat finishes from Taisei Miyashiro and a flicked header from Kyosuke Tagawa helped earn all three points for the East Asians who, following a 1-1 draw with Ecuador in the opening match, are currently second in Group B behind table-topping Italy.
Japan shone brightly throughout the meeting with Mexico, hassling and harrying their Central American counterparts to great effect en route to a famous victory that Kageyama believes was a fine example of lessons well learned.
Indonesia steps up its bid to host 2021 U-20 World Cup
Jakarta: Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has prepared eight stadiums across the country in its bid to host the 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup, a PSSI senior official said on Monday.
"We will decide the best eight stadiums. All of those Indonesian stadiums have international standards and reputations to host international football matches. They are also supported by related facilities around," said PSSI Secretary General Ratu Tisha Destria.
PSSI has a wide selection of stadiums considered eligible to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Among them are, Gelora Bung Karno, Patriot Candrabhaga, Pakansari, Wibawa Mukti, Bandung Lautan Api, Si Jalak Harupat, Jatidiri, Manahan, Mandala Krida, Gelora Bumi Sriwijaya, Papua Bangkit and Batakan.
Zurich: The FIFA U-20 World Cup 2021 could be held in Asia after the world governing body received three expressions of interest from the Continent's Member Associations (MAs).
Two of the three Asian expressions of interest could see the 2021 edition co-hosted as Bahrain Football Association, Saudi Arabian Football Federation and United Arab Emirates Football Association have indicated theirs will be a joint bid.
The Myanmar Football Federation and Football Association of Thailand are also keen on co-hosting the 2021 edition while Indonesia also expressed their intention to bid before the May 21 closing date.
The Brazilian Football Association and Peruvian Football Association submitted individual expressions of interest.