Korea Republic edge Ecuador to set up historic final

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Korea Republic booked a first-ever ticket to the FIFA U-20 World Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Ecuador in Lublin.

The eastern Polish city will forever hold a special place for the Koreans, as it’s the same venue in which they defeated continental rivals Japan in the Round of 16.

 

Choi Jun scored the winning goal late in the first half, finishing off a well-worked free-kick. Taegeuk Warriors star Lee Kangin split Ecuador’s defence with a perfectly-weighted through-ball, and Jun curled in a shot with his right foot past the outstretched arms of Ecuador goalkeeper Moises Ramirez.

Korea Republic’s goal came just a minute after Ecuador striker Leonardo Campana struck the crossbar after some brilliant footwork in the build-up. Then, in the final minute of stoppage time, Lee Gwanyeon made a save-of-the-tournament contender, parrying Campana’s close-range header wide.

The result means that Saturday’s final will be a first for both Korea Republic and Ukraine.