First-ever 3rd place finish‥”I’ll take the medal”

The team trained for the final time before the third-place match against Israel.

The team focused on perfecting their signature counterattacking tactics in chilly conditions, with temperatures dropping 10 degrees overnight.

[Lee Chang-hyun/U-20 National Team Coach]
“We need this passing speed for tomorrow’s game. If you catch it and think about it, it’s too late. Okay?”

At the end of the intense training session, which lasted for over an hour, the team took a photo together and strengthened their resolve for the third-place match.

[Lee Seung-won/U-20 national soccer team captain].
“It’s our last game, so let’s play without any regrets and shed some tears of joy, okay?”

Their 3-4 match opponents, Israel, are the biggest upset of the tournament.

They reached the knockout stages for the first time ever and knocked out favorites Brazil in the quarterfinals in an overtime thriller.

Their late-game explosiveness is particularly noteworthy.

All eight of our goals in the tournament came in the second half and overtime.

Our players were wary of Israel’s strong back line, but showed confidence in their victory.

[Bae Jun-ho/U-20 National Team]
“There’s a big difference between third and fourth place, so I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be too bad if we came this far and finished fourth, shouldn’t we take home a medal or something?”메이저사이트

Head coach Kim Eun-joong also vowed to go all out to achieve the first ever third-place finish at a FIFA-organized tournament.

The 18-month campaign is now just one day away.

The players who are trying to make history are dreaming of the most beautiful ending.

I’m Kim Tae-woon from MBC News in La Plata.

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