Tashkent: Korea Republic head coach Kim Eun-jung admitted the pressure from the sold-out crowd at Bunyodkor Stadium took its toll on his young players in the shootout as Uzbekistan advanced to Saturday’s AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 final with a 3-1 win on penalties on Wednesday.
Kang Seong-jin, Kang Sang-yoon and Kim Ji-soo all saw their attempts saved by Uzbekistan goalkeeper Otobek Boymurodov after the teams had played out a goalless 120 minutes in front of almost 34,000 fans to take the hosts into the tournament decider against Iraq.
“This is the first time most of our players have played in front of such a huge crowd,” said Kim. “Throughout the game I thought the players were not so nervous and were able to play their own game and follow my instructions very well. .....
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