Korea Beats Romania 4-0 in Men's Football at Tokyo Olympics

  • By Sung Jin-hyuk

    July 26, 2021 11:37

    Korea defeated Romania 4-0 in its second group match in the men's football at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Sunday.

    Lee Kang-in scored two goals including a penalty in the match in Ibaraki, northeast of Tokyo.

    The win follows Korea's shaky start to the Olympics last week, when it lost its opening match against New Zealand 1-0.

    Knowing it needed to score as many goals as possible, Korea was aggressive in offense from the start, helped out by an opening own goal by Romania. Towards the end of the first half, Romania's Ion Gheorghe was taken out of the match with his second yellow card, after elbowing Korea's Kang Yoon-sung.

    Lee Kang-in (far left) reacts after scoring a goal in a match against Romania at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Sunday. /Newsis

    Playing against a 10-man Romania, Korea's second goal was scored in the 59th minute by winger Um Won-sang. Then defender Seol Young-woo earned a penalty in the 84th minute, and Lee converted it calmly to make the score 3-0. One more goal came from Lee in the 90th minute to end the match 4-0.

    With Sunday's victory, Korea, grouped with Honduras, New Zealand and Romania, moved from the bottom to the top in the group stage round.

    Korean footballers cheer for each other after a match against Romania at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Sunday. /Yonhap

    Korea is now set to face Honduras in the final group match in Yokohama on Wednesday and needs at least a draw to reach the quarterfinals.

    Only the top two finishers in each of the four groups will advance to the knockout stage. Korea, which won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, is aiming for its second medal.

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