FIFA U20 W/Cup: Nigeria’s Flying Eagles To Face South Korea In Quarter-finals

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria will lock horns against South Korea in the quarter-finals of the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup, following Korea’s 3-2 victory over Ecuador on Thursday in the Round of 16 at the Santiago del Estero Stadium, Argentina.

Lee Young-jun scored the opener for South Korea in the 11th minute from a long ball by Bae Jun-ho, who got on the scoresheet himself just eight minutes later.

Ecuador pulled one back through Justin Cuero in the 36th minute to end the first half at 2-1, but Korea started the second half much like the first, with defender Choi Seok-hyun bagging a third for his side in the 48th minute.

Sebastian Gonzalez managed to score for the South Americans in the dying minutes of the match, but South Korea held out to earn a place in the quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory.

South Korea will now face Nigeria’s Flying Eagles in a quarterfinal clash on Sunday, June 4, inside the same Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades, Santiago del Estero at 6:30pm Nigerian time.

This will be the third meeting between Nigeria and South Korea at the FIFA U20 World Cup.
South Korea came from a goal down to beat the Flying Eagles 2-1, in their first encounter in the group stage of the 2005 edition in the Netherlands.

In the 2013 edition in Turkey, the Flying Eagles won their Korean counterparts 1-0 in another group game encounter.

South Korea’s best showing at the FIFA U20 World Cup was at the 2019 edition in Poland where they lost 3-1 to Ukraine in the final.

The Flying Eagles have finished as runners-up on two occasions in 1989 and 2005.

FIFA U20 Quater Finals fixtures:

Saturday 03/06/23
Israel Vs Brazil
Colombia Vs Italy

Sunday 04/06/23
South Korea Vs Nigeria
USA Vs Uruguay

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