Colombia beats South Korea 1-0; tops group
Host team Colombia defeated South Korea 1-0 on Friday to finish
group play with a perfect record in the Under-20 World Cup.
Luis Muriel scored in the 37th minute for Colombia, which
finished in first place in Group A with nine points. France
finished second in the group with six points following a 2-0
victory over Mali on Friday.
South Korea finished with three points and advanced to the
knock-out stage as one of the best third-placed teams.
Colombia, which will play a yet-to-be-determined third-placed
team in the round-of-16, will be among the favorites with Spain,
Brazil, Nigeria and Argentina when the second round opens on
Muriel’s goal came after a mistake by South Korea keeper No
Dong-geon, who raced off his line for a loose ball in the area, but
was beaten to it by Muriel who recovered and scored into the empty
net with No stranded.
Colombia attacked throughout the first half with South Korea
trying to defend and counterattack. Muriel also hit the crossbar
with a rising shot from 20 meters (yards), which came just minutes
before he finally broke through.
There were fewer shots in the second half with South Korea
perhaps worn down by the altitude in Bogota of 2,600 meters (8,600
feet). Even the home fans, who have deafening every match with
their vuvuzelas and non-stop cheering, were relatively quiet in the
second half with both teams seeming to settle for the result.
South Korea’s Lee Ki-je had a good chance with a 20-meter (yard)
free kick in the 80th, but drove it right into the hands of
Colombia keeper Cristian Bonilla.
South Korea threatened again in the 90th when Lee Yong-jae just
missed an attempted tip-in from a Moon Sang-yun corner.