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2023 U-20 W/Cup: Flying Eagles To Face South Korea In Quarter-finals

2023 U-20 W/Cup: Flying Eagles To Face South Korea In Quarter-finals

Flying Eagles of Nigeria will take on South Korea in the quarter-finals of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Completesports.com reports.

The last eight pairing was confirmed after South Korea edged Ecuador 3-2 in the round of 16 on Thursday.

Lee-Young-Jun gave South Korea the lead in the 11th minute before Bae Jun-Ho made it 2-0 on 19 minutes.

In the 36th minute Ecuador pulled a goal back after Justin Cuero converted a penalty.

The Koreans restored their two-goal advantage three minutes into the second half when Choi Seok—Hyun got the third goal.

With six minutes left Sebastian Gonzalez scored for Ecuador to make it a nervy ending but the Asians held on to advance.

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The Flying Eagles quarter-final clash with South Korea comes up on Sunday, June 4, inside the Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades, Santiago del Estero at 6:30pm.

This will be the third time Nigeria and South Korea will meet at the U-20 World.

In their first encounter in the group stage of the 2005 edition in the Netherlands, South Korea came from a goal down to beat the Flying Eagles 2-1.

While in another group game tie in the 2013 edition in Turkey, the Flying Eagles won 1-0.

South Korea’s best outing at the U-20 World Cup was at the 2019 tournament in Poland where they lost 3-1 to Ukraine in the final.

On their part, the Flying Eagles have finished as runners-up twice (1989 and 2005).

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  • Greenturf 1 year ago

    Hmmm….A very difficult side that are quick,skillful and decisive in front of goal should not to be taken lightly.
    Koreans are very good from the back line to the front three.They’re well organised,they don’t make many mistakes,they have flair and are very creative we have our work cut out for us.
    It will be a very interesting duel no doubt.I hope Nigeria wins though.
    Korea defeated France 2-1 at the group stages,they shared the spoil against Gambia it finished goaless,i’m sure Bosso and his crew will have a second look at that game in particular to know how they fared against an African side.Their last game was against Honduras and it finished in a draw with both sides scoring two goals apiece.
    So from records the Koreans are yet to lose a game in this tournament,it proves they are a good side.
    We have to be well prepared and hoping our coaches come up with tactics that will stop them causing damage on sunday.
    Good luck flying eagles.

    • This Korean has a way of making things difficult for their opponents. I hope we take this game very serous cause to them meeting with an opponent who just defeated Argentina will be taken with all seriousness.

      I hope we can do the same, i hope we can be tactical enough to brake them down and not allow them to score us with error and I hope we can easily convert our chances.
      Waisting chances against a team like this will sure hurt in the end, so hope will convert our chances and unsettle them on time.

  • Mercy 1 year ago

    If we can survive 60mins without conceding a goal then we have a very big chance of beating the Koreans. They seem to run at an opponent from the blast of the whistle but tired around the hour mark

    • Chima E Samuels 1 year ago

      Technology and advanced drinks have solved this tiredness problem in the whites but what we can use as advantage is the muscles and hope we get good Referee like our last match in other to progress!!!

  • Chima E Samuels 1 year ago

    Well documented @Greenturf but just to add to your point is at this point any team can win or loss and nobody should be emotional about it because the remaining team plays virtually decent football. The only point I will get mad is if we can not convert chances and fall to chances we also concede. I wish the team well and let’s be wise!!!

  • Fetch 1 year ago

    It’s no news when you defeat kids using their real ages to play football. That’s the difference between the white man and the African. When they say 16 is 16 and not 27 or 28. Do African teenagers have this muscles and Jaws. Let’s stop deceiving ourselves.

    • Chima E Samuels 1 year ago

      But when Ghana is winning they use their real age??? Animal leave this page if you can’t enjoy seeing Nigeria at the Top!!!

    • Four four two 1 year ago

      You are a very big fool@Fetch. Did FIFA not use MRI to test them? Animail

      • No. MRI is only used at the under 17 level

      • MRI is only used for the under 17 teams sir. So the lads can endure in the game for a long time.

    • B. T 1 year ago

      Get well soon uncle Fetch 

    • Get out, you give birth to them?
      The age you submit to NYSC na your real age? Black cat like you.

  • Fetch 1 year ago

    If football is played on fair grounds without age fraud Africa will identify the problem they have in their football administration and fix it. Winning with age fraud have not benefited Africa since the 80s. We have been in class with some of these players, we live with them in our communities. Let’s put a stop to it. Let’s call them out, just as the media fight the corrupt politicians. Afrca must change the way they do their things. We are so different from the rest of the continents

    • Footballfanatic 1 year ago

      Idiot how many African countries have won the u20 with your claim of age cheating???? Have u taken a look at the Brazilian left back and so many players from Europe and South America who look older…..and why this bullshit after Nigeria knocked out Argentina???? I bet u were waiting for the team to get kicked out..

      • No, don’t shut him up. He made a point. Daga is 16 years old! Haba! Injury ravaged Ndidi is 25 years old. See, Nigeria will continue to clamor for foreign born players for the super eagles not due to the dearth of talent at home but their enduring stay. Would daga for example scale MRI used for the u17s?

        Let our coaches think of 5 years time when in developmental teams. How many under 20s of yesteryears are still relevant in the Eagles today?

        • Greenturf 1 year ago

          Why didn’t he say this craps all this while especially when we were retrogressing?Why must he wait until now to let loose?The truth is it’s frustrating for Ghanaian’s to see a team from Nigeria coming along successfully,I can imagine the anguish,distress the frustration of seeing the flying eagles winning against sides acclaimed as some of the best in the business the world has today,something they can’t manage it’s a torture…
          Meanwhile,why are you so sure Daga is not 16?It’s rather a prejudiced nature to relate to matters concerning Nigerian players age,conforming to a general pattern very stereotypical 

      • josh 1 year ago

        No need insulting people. We can all comment without insults.

        The truth is that at FIFA age grade football, there is age cheat even with the MRI. The MRI will only give you an approximate age not your actual age. When it comes to cheating, we can’t rule out the Africa, South America, Asia and Eastern Europe. In USA for instance, it is very difficult to falsify your age in order to play in age grade football and think you’ll not be caught. In fact if you do it, it becomes a crime that will hunt you your entire life. That is how serious they are with cheating/fraud of any kind.

        That being said, in this under 20 world cup, some of those players from Brazil can’t claim they are under 20. Definitely some of these Nigerian players are way above 20 years. This was why I said it was a case of men playing against men when Nigeria played Brazil and it showed in the way those Brazilian players were able to match flying eagles players strength for strength

  • Ayphillydegreat 1 year ago

    I agree with you Mercy. They rush their opponents very early in the game and then tire out towards the half hour mark. Like Greenturf said we need to watch their game against Gambia. They’re very ruthless in front of goal if they get the chance. They play fast and have some skillful players, but with Daga and Nnadi in our midfield our boys can slow them down and deny them space to wreck havoc. The extra day rest may work in our favor. 

    As much as they’re good upfront they also look vulnerable at the back at times. I think this is a match Emmanuel Umeh should start ahead of Salem. I will keep Haliru Sarki as an impact sub when they began to tire out.

    Obviously, it won’t be an easy match, but I see the FlyingEagles winning this game if we play to our strengths. South Korea played in the final of the last U20 WorldCup therefore, they must be doing something right at that level. We must be gritty and robust against them if we want to win this game. It will an interesting and entertaining game to watch. VAMOS ARRIBBA FlyingEagles!!!! 

  • Ndubest 1 year ago

    Wow looking forward this interesting match up. Nigeria will win if we don’t concede in the first half. Am seeing just one winner Nigeria will take this one.

  • Collins Id 1 year ago

    Must we be afraid of everyteams we meet, since the biginning of the turneo you guys have been creating pannics here, even against domenica republic u guys made us fear them with ur hypings i almost tought they are now brazil, against italy fears, brazil argentina now na south korea u guys want to make a mountain on! Wilahi mi i nor fear again, we will bit south korea wotowotoriosly i only fear a repeat of the italian match in the semis that will be more dangerouse, italy will bet up and we are not good in beating teams twice in a games like this, i prefer Columbia in semis, but my mind tells me this cup is our turn. As for korea we flog them

  • @ Collins, we are not afraid but only being cuatious. The same Koreans dump Nigeria out of 2010 fifa world cup. The same Koreans beat flying eagles even with Mikel,ogbuke,owoeri, apam, in 2005.

    These Koreans are capable of making things difficult if you don’t take them serious.



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