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South Korea U23 2-0 Australia U23: ASIAD champion close to the second consecutive glory

South Korea U23 2-0 Australia U23: ASIAD champion close to the second consecutive glory

Two goals of Kim Dae-Won and Lee Dong-Gyeong bring South Korea U23 to the 2020 AFC U23 Championship final against Saudi Arabia U23 in the next 3 days.

South Korea U23 2-0 Australia U23: ASIAD champion close to the second consecutive glory

South Korea U23 2-0 Australia U23: ASIAD champion close to the second consecutive glory

South Korea U23 2-0 Australia U23: ASIAD champion close to the second consecutive glory

South Korea U23 vs Australia U23 match information

Time: 21:15 (GMT+8) on January 22nd

Venue: Thamasat Stadium, Pathum Thani

Competition: 2020 AFC U23 Championship

At the quarter-final of the AFC U23 Championship 2020, although playing impressively and dominantly in the match, South Korea U23 needed a moment of brilliance from Lee Dong Gyeong’ s sublime free-kick to ensure the victory and send a valiant Jordan U23 home.

Against an organized Syria U23, Australia U23 needed the extra time to move on to the quarter-final. Coming from the bench, Hassan Toure sealed the win for the Socceroos at the 101st minute.

The two U23 teams have met each other 2 times, with 1 draw and 1 win for the South Korean. At the national level, the statistics show that the teams are relatively even, with 10 draws, 13 wins for South Korea and 12 wins for Australia.

South Korea U23 2-0 Australia U23: ASIAD champion close to the second consecutive glory

In a match where the stakes are high, the scoring duty will not be dependent on one single individual of South Korea U23. Instead, it feels like every single player in-field from South Korea can be a firing option, and of course, a valuable one. Three players until now have 2 goals, in addition to a special free-kick from Lee Dong Gyeong.

A win today and a ticket straight to the Olympics are what Kim Hak Buk and his players aiming for. 8 years ago they were the bronze medalist, and they have never missed out on an Olympics since 1988. Striker Cho Gue Sung would hope to help the team gain a ticket to Japan this summer with a victory, especially on his birthday.

As for their opponent, fitness is what in concern of the Australia U23 coaching staff. Speedy recovery is a must, after a hard-fought battle that took 120 minutes against Syria U23. Graham Arnold has proven his man-management character, as his plan B proved to be useful and much-needed.

Hassan Toure and his team-mates would hope to overcome the mighty South Korea U23 to gain a ticket back to the Olympics for the first time since missing out from 2008. A loss wouldn’t mean the end for Australia, as they will have to fight in an all-or-nothing battle in the 3rd place playoff.

South Korea U23 2-0 Australia U23: ASIAD champion close to the second consecutive glory

Since all disciplinary cards are cleared from the semi-finals, both teams will have their full force prior to the match. In such a tense battle, and no teams have a clear advantage, much anticipation and observation will be in the match in the Thamasat Stadium.

South Korea U23 vs Australia U23 possible lineups

South Korea U23: Song Bum Keun, Kang Yun Seong, Kim Jae Woo, Kim Jin Ya, Kim Dong Hyun, Kim Jin Kyu, Mang Seong Ung, Lee Dong Gyeong, Jeong Woo Yeong, Oh Se Hun, Lee Dong Jun.

Australia U23: Thomas Glover, Gabriel Cleur, Alex Gersbach, Dylan Ryan, Joshua Laws, Zach Duncan, Denis Genreau, Aiden O'Neill, Jacob Italiano, Nicolas D'Agostino, Reno Piscopo.