Korea Reaches Final of U-23 Championship to Qualify for Olympics

  • By Yun Dong-been

    January 23, 2020 11:13

    Korea defeated Australia 2-0 on Wednesday to advance to the final of the Asian Football Confederation U-23 Championship in Thailand.

    The victory has secured Korea a ticket to this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo, since the championship serves as the Asian qualifiers for the Olympics.

    After a scoreless first half, Kim Dae-won broke the deadlock in the 56th minute with a left-footed shot. Lee Dong-kyeong, who came on as a substitute in the second half, doubled the lead in the 76th minute.

    Lee Dong-kyeong (front left) reacts with his teammates after scoring a goal in the semifinal match against Australia in the Asian Football Confederation U-23 Championship in Thailand on Wednesday. /Yonhap

    Four Olympic berths are up for grabs at the championship. But Japan, which automatically qualifies as the host nation, was eliminated in the group stage, so now only the top three will go through.

    Korea will make its ninth consecutive Olympic appearance in men's football since the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

    Korea will clash with Saudi Arabia for the championship title on Sunday. 

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