A refereeing call had a huge impact on the game. It was a close call that could have changed the outcome.
Kim Eun-joong’s U-20 team won their first Group F match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 against France 2-1 at the Mendoza Stadium in Mendoza, Argentina on Wednesday (June 23).
It was a positive start to the tournament with a win over France, who were considered the strongest team in the group. It’s a positive result that should make the group stage easier to navigate in the future.
The victory was not without its challenges, however, as the game was marred by some questionable refereeing decisions. South Korea took a 2-0 lead in the first half through a goal from Lee Seung-won in the 22nd minute and another from Lee Young-joon in the 19th minute to put France on their heels.
The change came in the 21st minute of the second half. A cross came in from the left and goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong leapt to block it, colliding with opposing striker Malamine Efekele in the process. The cross was so fast that no one could get a proper touch on the ball, and it went straight to the other side. However, Colombian referee John Ospina called a foul on Kim Jun-hong. Even on the slow replay, the two players made contact at almost the same time, but the referee saw it as a one-sided foul and showed a yellow card. 토토사이트
This referee was consistent with his lenient decisions throughout the match. Often, he would let close calls go unnoticed, but a close call in the penalty box that could have changed the course of the game changed the course of the game in an instant. In the end, South Korea conceded a goal through Alain Virginius.
South Korea then tightened up their defense and held on to their one-goal lead by stopping the French offense. Despite the result, it was clear that the game could have gone a lot more easily, but a single refereeing call could have swayed the outcome.
The referee continued to make calls in France’s favor. “Why is this a foul?” came from the bench. Despite the embarrassing call, Kim Jun-hong continued to make saves throughout the game to keep his team in the game. Despite the pain from the collision with Efekele, he played with great concentration and blocked all of the opponent’s shots.