Another ambiguous call → penalty, no contact for Kim Eun-Joong-Ho!

Kim Eun-jong-ho concedes from the penalty spot again. There must be no contact with the opponent in the box.

The South Korean Under-20 football team, led by Kim Eun-Joong, cried after a dubious decision. They drew 2-2 with Honduras in their second Group F match at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 at the Mendoza Stadium in Argentina on Saturday (26 June).메이저사이트

After defeating European giants France in the first leg, South Korea were hoping to overcome Honduras and book their place in the round of 16. South Korea made only one change from their strong performance against France, starting Bae Joon-ho (Daejeon Hana Citizen) after he recovered from injury.

The team tried to maintain the flow but struggled early on. Firstly, they were disappointed to concede the lead, but the referee didn’t help. In the 19th minute, there was contact between Choi Seok-hyun (Dankook University) and Daniel Carter inside the penalty box. The referee let it go, but the video assistant referee (VAR) overturned the decision and awarded a penalty kick.

It was ambiguous. There was contact in the box, but Carter was off-centre first and went down. It could have been read as an attempt to draw a penalty, and South Korea conceded a penalty to David Ochoa. For the second game in a row, the Koreans have been troubled by decisions regarding fouls in the box, as in the first game against France, goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong was penalised for colliding with an opponent during a ball contest.

Be careful. The referee’s decision to award a penalty kick for the slightest contact, rather than intent and context, can be read into the atmosphere of a competition. We need more composure at the back to avoid creating unfair situations.

Burdened by the penalty decision, the team continued to be dragged down by Honduras. They were unable to capitalise on their numerical advantage for long periods of time due to their opponent’s sending off. Instead, they conceded another goal on a counterattack in the fifth minute of the second half when they were trying to attack.

However, Kim Eun-jung-ho’s back-heeled effort was good enough, and after Kim Yong-hak (Portimonense) pulled one back late on, the Koreans quickly overcame the two-goal deficit through Park Seung-ho’s header.

With the 1-1 draw, South Korea are within striking distance of their primary goal of qualifying for the round of 16. They will play Gambia in their final match on the 29th for the top spot in the group. With South Korea looking beyond the round of 16, it is important to read the mood of the game to progress to the next level. Prioritising contact-free defence against the Gambia, who have good momentum and individuality, is the way to avoid ambiguous calls.

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