“I got up at 5:00 in the morning and ran.”
The Korean U-20 (under 20 years old) soccer team led by coach Kim Eun-joong played the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup semifinals at La Plata Stadium in La Plata, Argentina at 6 am (Korean time) on the 9th. South Korea lost 1-2 to Italy, unfortunately failing to advance to the finals for two consecutive tournaments.
same time. On the other side of the globe, street cheering was held at Gwanghwamun Plaza in Jung-gu, Seoul. It is a street cheering jointly conducted by the Korea Football Association, the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Federation of Korean Industries, and the Red Devils. It has been about seven months since the Qatar World Cup held at the end of last year that street cheering was held at Gwanghwamun Square.
The 6 a.m. kick-off game on weekdays was a time when it was difficult to come out for street cheering. Nevertheless, about 500 fans came out to Gwanghwamun Square to cheer. Each of them wore the red uniform of the soccer team and the cheering team uniform. There were many fans who brought Taegeukgi with them.
Choi Yi-seo, from Seongdong-gu, Seoul, said, “As soon as I saw the announcement that we would be cheering on the street for the semi-finals, I thought I should get up early in the morning. I woke up at 5 in the morning, but since public transportation was not running, I took a taxi and ran to Gwanghwamun Square. I thought he arrived early, but I was surprised that there were many people who came before me.”
This street cheering was a large-scale event that started at 5 am. Police and firefighting personnel were deployed in various places, and the event was successfully completed without any major problems. Citizens on their way to work near Gwanghwamun watched the street cheering squad and the large screen, stopped for a moment, watched soccer, and headed to work.
On this day, Korea allowed Casadei to take the lead in the 14th minute of the first half, but 10 minutes later Lee Seung-won equalized with a penalty kick (PK) to level the score at 1-1. Despite Italy’s rough play, players Kim Eun-joong were not excited.
However, it was clear that he was physically exhausted. South Korea’s striker Park Seung-ho, who was injured in the group stage, returned home early. Because of this, striker Lee Young-joon, who started in all games, was not in good condition. Lee Young-jun and Kim Yong-hak’s shooting did not fit their feet properly and floated high.메이저놀이터
In the 41st minute of the second half, he allowed a run through. Italy’s Papundi shook Korea’s net with a left-footed free kick shot. When the score reached 1-2, some of the cheerleaders who filled Gwanghwamun Square packed up and started to stand up. Soon after, the final whistle blew. Fans who appeared in the street cheering squad went to work and school individually.
South Korea will play Israel for third and fourth place at 2:30 am on the 12th at the same stadium. The final match between Uruguay and Italy is scheduled for 6:00 am on the same day.