South Korea beat Saudi Arabia in U-20 World Cup tune-up
Angela Jung, May 8, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
The South Korean under-20 national football team beat Saudi Arabia 3-1 on Monday in a practice match for an upcoming FIFA competition at home. FC Barcelona B midfielder Paik Seung-ho scored a goal and set up another in an unofficial match at the National Football Center in Paju, north of Seoul, where the South Korean players have been training for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Paik opened scoring for South Korea in the 31st minute when he headed down a free kick from Lee Jin-hyun. Saudi Arabia leveled the score just a minute after the second-half kickoff, but Lim Min-hyeok gave the lead back to the hosts in the 60th. Lee Sang-heon further punished the visitors a minute later as he found the back of the net after receiving Paik's pass.
This was the first tune-up match since head coach Shin Tae-yong confirmed his 21-man squad for the World Cup last month.
Shin's side will have two more friendly matches before entering the U-20 World Cup. South Korea will take on Uruguay on Thursday in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, and face Senegal three days later in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province. Both Uruguay and Senegal are also participants of the U-20 World Cup.
South Korea will host the FIFA U-20 World Cup from May 20 to June 11 in six local cities. The young Taeguk Warriors are in Group A with Argentina, England and Guinea at the 24-team tournament.