The South Korean national soccer team has advanced to the round of 16 at the U-20 World Cup for the third consecutive time, regardless of the outcome of their match against Gambia on Monday.
The tournament features the top four teams from the 12 first- and second-place finishers in each group and the six third-place finishers in each group.
Of the three teams that finished the group stage, Slovakia from Group B finished with three points, while Japan from Group C finished third with three points, securing South Korea’s spot in the round of 16.
Japan finished third in Group C with one win, two losses안전놀이터, and three points.
Even if Korea, which already has four points, loses to the Gambia and falls to third place, it will still qualify for the round of 16 as one of the “top four teams in Group 3” ahead of Slovakia and Japan.
Coach Kim Eun-joong is concerned about the team’s fitness for the round of 16 and beyond, but is determined to end the Gambia’s winning streak and get back on track.
If South Korea defeats the Gambia to top the group, they will meet either Uruguay or Tunisia, the favorites to finish second in Group E.
If they finish second, they will face Group B runner-up Ecuador in the round of 16.
If they finish third, they could face either top-ranked Brazil or undefeated Colombia in the round of 16.