Italian coach “Korea was solid… Bae Jun-ho is a very good player”
Coach Carmin Nunziata of Italy, who succeeded in advancing to the finals in the first U20 World Cup ever beyond Korea, gave thumbs up to the Taegeuk Warriors who fought well.
Korea, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, lost 1-2 in the semi-final match against Italy at the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup held at La Plata Stadium in La Plata, Argentina on the 9th (Korean time).스포츠토토
In the 41st minute of the second half, when the score was tight 1-1, Korea suffered a disappointing defeat by giving Simone Papundi the decisive free-kick winning goal.
Korea, which was aiming for a second consecutive final following the 2019 Polish tournament, where it took second place, was blocked by Italy and headed for the 3rd and 4th place matches. Kim Eun-joong will clash with Israel at 2:30 a.m. on the 12th for third place.
After the game, Italy’s coach Nunziata said, “I’m happy to have achieved a historic result,” but “I will do my best until the end because the final is still left.”
Italy will compete for the title with Uruguay, who overcame Israel on the day. Both teams are challenging to win the U20 World Cup for the first time.
Kim Eun-joong’s signature midfielder, Bae Jun-ho.
Coach Nunziata said, “I was impressed with the Korean players who played a threatening game against Italy.”
“As expected, we played a tough game,” he said. “Korea is a solid team with its own philosophy about soccer.”
Next, coach Nunziata mentioned the brilliant performance of Bae Jun-ho (Daejeon). Bae Jun-ho showed great dribbling breakthroughs several times and received a lot of cheers from local fans.
After the game, coach Kim Eun-joong of the Korean national team applauded, saying, “(Bae) Jun-ho came here and poured out everything with a sense of responsibility even though he was not in 100% condition due to an injury.”
Coach Nunziata also praised, “No. 10 (Bae Jun-ho) was a very good player.”
After looking back at their team, coach Nunziata said, “The young players such as Chesade Casadei and Papundi have good skills. Teamwork is important for us to compete as a better team. Our team’s unique identity is It worked out well,” he said with satisfaction.
Coach Carmin Nunziata of Italy, who succeeded in advancing to the finals in the first U20 World Cup ever beyond Korea, gave thumbs up to the Taegeuk Warriors who fought well. Korea, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, lost 1-2 in the semi-final match against Italy at the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup held at La…