There’s only one worst case scenario for the round of 16…South Korea loses, Honduras wins, and they can finish third in the group.
It’s simple. If they don’t lose against the Gambia, they’ll advance to the round of 16. Even if they lose, the odds are in their favor.
Kim Eun-joong’s South Korea U-20 national team drew 2-2 with Honduras in their second Group F match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2023 at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza, Argentina, at 6 a.m. ET on Saturday. The result puts South Korea in second place in Group F with one win and one draw (4 points), while Honduras is in third place with one win and one loss (1 point).메이저사이트
South Korea went with a 4-4-2 formation. Lee Young-joon, Kang Sang-yoon, Kang Sung-jin, Lee Seung-won, Bae Jun-ho, Kim Yong-hak, Bae Seo-joon, Kim Ji-su, Choi Seok-hyun, Park Chang-woo, and Kim Jun-hong started.
From the start, there were a lot of variables. South Korea conceded a penalty kick (PK) in the first 20 minutes, but in the 27th minute, an opponent hit Bae Seo-joon in the head, resulting in a direct red card. Korea played with a numerical advantage, but went into the half trailing 0-1.
In the second half, South Korea took the initiative but couldn’t find the back of the net. In fact, they conceded one more goal in the sixth minute of the second half. However, they didn’t give up until the end. In the 13th minute of the second half, Lee Young-joon defended possession inside the penalty box and passed the ball. Kim Yong-hak finished with his left foot to start the chase.
The score was soon leveled. In the 17th minute of the second half, Park Seung-ho headed home a ball from a corner kick by Lee Seung-won to equalize. South Korea tried to score an equalizer with Lee Seung-jun and Hwang In-taek, but they were unable to do so. In the end, the game ended 2-2.
With one win and one draw, South Korea now has four points and is second in the group heading into the third round. So what are their chances of making the round of 16?
First of all, the U-20 World Cup is a 24-nation tournament with groups A through F. The first two places in each group qualify for the round of 16. That leaves a total of four spots. The top three teams in each group are ranked by points, goals for, goals against, and goals scored, with the top four qualifying for the round of 16.
A win against Gambia in the third round of group play on Sept. 29 would see the team finish first in the group and advance to the round of 16. A draw would see them finish second in the group. A win would put South Korea on seven points and the Gambia on six, while a draw would put the Gambia on seven points and South Korea on five. This means that South Korea will advance to the round of 16 regardless of the outcome of Honduras, which currently has one point.
But we also have to think about a loss. If the Gambia loses (South Korea has 4 points), the outcome of the Honduras-France match will be crucial. If Honduras wins (tied on 4 points), the standings could change depending on goal difference. A draw or a French win would allow South Korea to finish second in the group and advance to the round of 16, even if they lose to the Gambia. Even if they slip to third place, they could still qualify for the round of 16 depending on other group situations.