He’s got great physicality coming from his 6-foot-3, 192-pound frame, and he’s not bad underfoot either. At the top of his game, he fights for possession with opposing defenders and creates chances for his teammates. When he does get a scoring chance, he takes care of it himself with an accurate shot. Kim Eun-jung-ho’s goalkeeper Lee Young-joon (20, Gimcheon Commerce) emerged as a key player in the victory over Ecuador.
Lee Young-joon started up front for South Korea in the round of 16 match between Ecuador and South Korea at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 at the Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero, Argentina on June 2 (KST). He was at the forefront of the offense and hunting for goals.
He opened the scoring in the 11th minute. He chest-trapped a cross from the left by Bae Jun-ho and finished with a powerful right-footed volley. It was reminiscent of Park Ji-sung’s spectacular goal against Portugal in the group stage of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. 스포츠토토
After that, he was all over the place. He broke down the flanks to create space for his teammates, and in the center of the field, he added power with a powerful header. Kim Eun-jung-ho fought alone in the attacking third with his hip out to defend the lead, and he also contributed to the defense. He also made clever dribble breaks and space passes, making him a total package.
South Korea won the game despite being heavily outplayed in terms of possession (26%-55%, 19% contested) thanks to Lee’s ‘backbone presence’. Lee Young-joon’s wide play in the full time sapped Ecuador’s energy and set the tone for the victory.