Korea to Take on Portugal as U-20 World Cup Enters Knockout Stage

  • By Lee Tae-dong

    May 29, 2017 10:40

    Korea will face Portugal in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province on Tuesday in a round-of-16 clash in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

    Korea has an overall record of three draws and four losses against the Portuguese, although the two most recent clashes were tied. Portugal traditionally has a strong youth team and has an impressive U-20 World Cup track record, winning in 1989 and 1991 and finishing as runner-up in 2011.

    However, the Portuguese had a rocky run in the group stage this time, losing to Zambia, drawing with Costa Rica and squeaking through after beating Iran. Its record of scoring three goals and conceding four in the three matches points to a weak defense.

    Korean footballers warm up at a field in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province on Sunday ahead of their match against Portugal.

    Meanwhile, tournament favorite France, who won all three of its group matches, will face another strong contender, Italy, who came through with a win, a draw and a loss.

    Argentina, which has the most U-20 World Cup wins with six, was eliminated in the group stage. Saudi Arabia secured a spot in the round of 16 after a 1-1 tie with the U.S. on Sunday.

    At this year's event, 24 teams were divided into six groups of four. The top two teams from each group and the four top third-placed teams advanced.

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