Lee Young-joon shed tears “I’m sorry to my colleagues for missing the chance”… Commitment to victory in 3rd and 4th place matches
Lee Young-joon, striker of the Korea U-20 national team, shed tears as he blamed himself for not taking advantage of his chance in the semi-final match against Italy.스포츠토토
Korea, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, lost 1-2 in the semifinals of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup against Italy held at La Plata Stadium in Argentina on the morning of the 9th (hereafter Korean time). After conceding the opening goal in the first half, they tied the score, but gave up the winning goal at the end of the second half and lost by one goal.
On this day, Lee Yeong-joon played full-time as a forward striker. Although he failed to score points, he showed off his high level of activity and harassed the Italian defense. But ultimately lost. After the game, through an interview with the reporters, Lee Young-joon said, “I had a chance, but I couldn’t save it,” and said, “I’m sorry to his teammates.”
Lee Young-joon, who was unable to speak for a while because of tears, continued, “A lot of Koreans came to the stadium, but it’s a pity that we couldn’t give you victory.” promised to advance.
Although Korea was pushed back to the 3rd and 4th place due to its defeat against Italy, Lee Young-jae and the entire team accomplished the feat of advancing to the semifinals far exceeding expectations. In this process, Lee Young-joon was in charge of almost all the front lines in the forefront. Initially, the tournament started with Lee Young-jun and Park Seung-ho as the frontline resources, but Park Seung-ho returned home early due to an injury during the group stage match against Honduras. Although Lee Yeong-joon expressed regret and sorry for his teammates, it is clear that Korea’s progress to the semifinals would have been impossible without his active performance.