10/1/2018 6:48:16 PM (GMT+3)

South Korea deny India a place in the AFC U16 Championship semis

South Korea deny India a place in the AFC U16 Championship semis

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: South Korea denied India a place in the AFC U16 Championship after the former won by a solitary goal here on Monday.

Substitute Jeong Sang-Bin was the hero when he scored the all-important goal in the 68th minute to help his side qualify for the FIFA U17 World Cup.

The Taeguk Warriors will play Tajikistan in the semis on Thursday.

“I’m really proud of my boys. We showed our passion. In the second half, we played to our strength, which is pressing and created a problem for them. It’s always difficult (playing defensive), knowing the quality of Korea Republic. We will definitely continue working on these boys, and I am looking forward to them moving on to the U19s,” said India coach Bibiano Fernandes.

India returned from the break with more of an attacking flair and Givson Singh Moirangthem’s half-volley from the edge of the box in the 52nd minute was denied by an alert Shin who punched the ball away.

Korea, however, continued to dictate play and after numerous tries, the young Taeguk Warriors found their breakthrough in the 68th minute, when a string of passes gave Choi a chance to release a strike.

Goalkeeper Niraj Kumar could only parry the shot and the surging Jeong made no mistake with his follow up.

India threw players forward after that, but Kim Jung-Soo’s side held on to seal the win to ensure their dream of a third AFC U-16 Championship crown remains alive.

Korea keeper Shin Song-Hoon, who was hardly tested in the first half, was forced into making his first save of the night in the second minute of added time when Ravi Bahadur let loose a menacing strike. (Courtesy: AFC)