Korea Wraps up Friendlies with Ghana as Tune-up for Tokyo Olympics

  • By Song Won-hyung

    June 16, 2021 10:33

    Korea beat Ghana again in another friendly match on Jeju Island on Tuesday. Korea won the previous match against the African country last week.

    Despite its victories in the two matches, which served as the last tune-up ahead of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, Korea showed weakness in defense overall.

    In Tuesday's match after a 3-1 win last Saturday, Jeong Woo-yeong of SC Freiburg scored the opening goal in the 41st minute, but just five minutes into the second half of the match, Ghana equalized. In the 64th minute, winger Lee Dong-jun added another goal to end the match with a 2-1 win.

    Korean footballers celebrate after a friendly against Ghana on Jeju Island on Wednesday. /Yonhap

    "The players seemed to be exhausted due to hard training over the last two weeks, making it difficult for them to find their form," said Kim Hak-bum, manager of the men's U-23 national football team. "We conceded a goal in both matches. We will work on that."

    Kim will unveil the final 18-man roster including wild card players for the Olympics on June 30.

    Korea will have one more friendly at home next month before leaving for Japan on July 17.

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