Lodz: Korea Republic will face Ukraine in Saturday’s FIFA U-20 World Cup final needing just one more victory to be crowned champions at the end of a global gathering in Poland which has sparkled from start to finish.
Join the-AFC.com as we reveal all you need to know ahead of the meeting in Lodz – the winners of which will write a new and illustrious chapter in the tournament’s history books.
Lodz: Korea Republic head into Saturday’s FIFA U-20 World Cup final against Ukraine looking to continue the fine form they have produced in Poland and, in the process, secure the win that would secure them a first-ever title at this level.
With the East Asians now within touching distance of historic success, the-AFC.com takes a look at the players who could make all the difference come this weekend’s showdown at the Lodz Stadium.
Chung credits Korea Republic's success to development efforts
Lublin: Head coach Chung Jung-yong believes the concerted effort being made to develop youth football in Korea Republic is beginning to pay handsome dividends after the East Asians beat Ecuador 1-0 on Tuesday to reach their first-ever FIFA U-20 World Cup final.
Choi Jun’s neat 39th minute finish helped seal his side’s place in Saturday’s title showdown with Ukraine as Korea Republic – after losing their opening match to Portugal – recorded a fifth successive victory at the global extravaganza in Poland.
The win represented another memorable moment for the Koreans at a tournament where they have shone brightly, with a clearly delighted Chung adamant that, given the undoubted progress being made, there is still more to come from his talented charges.
Lublin: Choi Jun's 39th minute strike secured Korea Republic a 1-0 win over Ecuador and a place in the final of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland on Tuesday.
Korea Republic will meet Ukraine in Saturday's final, with the Europeans having edged Italy 1-0 in their semi-final.
It will be Korea Republic's first appearance in the final, having lost in the semi-finals of the 1983 edition and comes after the East Asians opened their campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the group stage.
Quarter-final: Korea Republic 3-3 Senegal (Korea win 3-2 on penalties)
Bielsko Biala: A resurgent Korea Republic prevailed 3-2 on penalties in an engrossing encounter with Senegal at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019 that finished 3-3 at the end of extra time at the Bielsko-Biala Stadium on Saturday.
Korea Republic will face Ecuador, who beat the USA 2-1, in the semi-finals on Tuesday. It will be their first appearance in the last four stage since 1983.
Senegal were the more active attackers in the first half and broke through in the 37th minute. Ibrahima Niane's cushioned header from the goal line set up captain Cavin Diagne for an uncontested finish from eight yards.
The Young Lions of Teranga held their lead until the 62nd minute. Korea Republic earned a penalty after Lee Ji-sol was pushed in the back inside the 18-yard box, and up stepped Lee Kang-in to equalise coolly from the spot.
Tychy: Korea Republic produced a stunning performance to defeat Argentina while Saudi Arabia's 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland campaign came to an end on Friday.
Korea Republic defeated six-time champions Argentina 2-1 in their final Group F match to finish second in the standings behind the South Americans on goal difference, sealing a Round of 16 showdown with Asian rivals Japan on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, exited the tournament after falling to their third consecutive defeat as they went down 2-1 to Panama in Group E.