Korea Beats South Africa in U-20 World Cup Group Match

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    May 29, 2019 10:22

    Korea defeated South Africa in their second group match at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland on Tuesday.

    Defender Kim Hyun-woo's header in the second half secured a vital 1-0 victory, taking Korea closer to the round of 16.

    Korea is now in second place in the group with Argentina, Portugal and South Africa.

    Defender Kim Hyun-woo (left) reacts after scoring a goal in Korea's second group match against South Africa at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    In its first match last Saturday, Korea lost to Portugal 1-0.

    Both Korea and Portugal, which lost 2-0 to Argentina earlier on Tuesday, have earned three points from a win and a loss, but Korea is ahead of Portugal on goal difference -- 0 versus -1.

    A win or a draw against group leader Argentina on Friday will make it easier for Korea to clinch a berth in the knockout stage. If Korea loses to Argentina and Portugal defeats South Africa, Korea will fall to third place, which does not guarantee a spot in the next stage.

    The top two teams from each of the six groups will advance, along with the four best third-place finishers.

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