Choi header Seals Korea Republic Quarter Final Win Against Nigeria Flying Eagles

Played at Santiago del Estero Stadium on Sunday, Korea Republic beat Nigeria 1-0 to set up a FIFA U-20 World Cup semi-final against Italy.

Choi Seokhyun’s extra-time header earned the Asians victory over Nigeria, the only African team in the tournament in Argentina before it exit.

The Taegeuk Warriors will now face Italy on Thursday for a place in the final.

The Flying Eagles had the better of the play during the first 90 minutes, but struggled to create any meaningful opportunities against a resilient defence.

Victor Ehuwa Eletu had the best of them following a jinking dribble, but his shot was tipped round the post by Kim Joonhong.

At extra-time, Korea Republic made the breakthrough via a corner. Lee Seungwon delivered one of his low, quick crosses, and Choi cleverly headed it backwards, up and over goalkeeper Kingsley Aniagboso and into the net.

Korea Republic will now strive to reach the final in back-to-back editions of this competition.

Meanwhile, Nigeria had gone 545 minutes over nine hours without conceding against an Asian side in the competition until Choi’s goal.

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