If we beat Honduras tomorrow, we’re guaranteed a spot in the round of 16 regardless of the outcome of the Gambia game.
Four of the six first- and second-place teams, as well as the six third-place teams, will make the round of 16, so if we get two wins, even if we don’t finish in the top two, we at least have a ticket to the round of 16 in Group 3.
Having knocked out the ‘favorites’ from the first game, our players are eager to get on the ’round of 16 express train’.
Lee Young-joon, the 190-centimeter striker who scored the winning goal against France, is expected to be the frontline attacking card to open the Honduran goal once again.
[Lee Young-joon/U-20 안전놀이터 National Team striker: I don’t think it’s important to play against the other team, it’s more important for us to show our form].
Coach Kim Eun-joong has vowed to keep the squad unchanged for the match against France.
[Kim Eun-joong/U-20 National Team Head Coach : We are trying to find ways to attack Honduras and prepare for them as much as possible].
Honduras, who have already suffered one defeat and are doubled up, have frontline striker Aseituno, who scored a goal against Gambia, as their number one target.
Clinching a spot in the round of 16 after two games makes the rest of the schedule and the tournament much easier and more favorable, so the Honduras game is an opportunity not to be missed for the Taeguk Warriors as they look to repeat their runner-up finish from four years ago.