Kim Eun-Joong-ho meets Nigeria on the road to the semifinals.
The Korea U-20 National Team will face Nigeria in the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup at the Santiago del Estero Stadium in Argentina on June 5 at 2 a.m. KST. Nigeria is a tough opponent, having eliminated host Argentina in the round of 16.
As the tournament progresses, objective power comparisons don’t mean much. It’s all hands on deck for both teams.
For starters, South Korea has one less day of rest than Nigeria. They played Argentina at 6 a.m. on the first day, while Nigeria played Ecuador at 6 a.m. on the second day.
However, South Korea has the advantage of playing at the same venue where they played their Round of 16 match. Nigeria, on the other hand, will be playing at the same venue for the first time in the tournament. While the difference in rest days is a big factor in a shortened tournament, the familiarity of the venue and the lack of travel will work in Korea’s favor.
The U-20s have faced Nigeria four times in their history. The series is even at two wins and two losses. The two teams have also met twice in the tournament, with South Korea winning 2-1 in 2005 thanks to goals from Park Joo-Young and Baek Ji-Hoon. In 2013, they lost 0-1 in Turkey. The most recent meeting was in 2016 at the Suwon Continental Cup, where South Korea won 3-0. However, it’s been almost seven years since the last meeting, so it doesn’t mean much.토토사이트
If Nigeria wins, their next opponent will be the winner of Colombia vs. Italy. Of course, getting past the quarterfinals is the first step, but with tricky opponents like Brazil and Uruguay drawn in the opposite bracket, Kim Jung-ho will be hoping for a repeat performance.