Throughout the 120-minute encounter, the Flying Eagles failed to find the back of the net. The Koreans, however, managed to secure the winning goal in the 95th minute courtesy of C. Seok-Hyun, breaking the goalless deadlock. It was a disappointing outcome for Nigeria.
Coach Ladan Bosso’s team displayed dominance in the game, particularly in the first half and later stages. They earned five corners in the first half, a testament to their control of the match.
One of Nigeria’s notable attempts came from Victor Eletu, the star player from AC Milan. However, Kim Joonhong, the Korean goalkeeper, parried his shot away, resulting in a corner kick.
As the game progressed, the Flying Eagles continued to push for a goal, but the South Koreans effectively handled their threats. The first half concluded without either team being able to break the deadlock.
At the start of the second half, Coach Bosso made some substitutions, introducing fresh players as the 2005 runners-up fought to find a breakthrough.
Both teams grew into the game, with South Korea adopting a more attacking approach compared to the first half. However, neither side could convert their chances into goals.
When the match entered extra time, Choi Seok-Hyun swiftly headed in the winning goal from a corner kick just five minutes in, leaving Nigeria with little time to respond.
Despite coming close to equalizing in the second half of extra time, Umeh Emmanuel’s effort from the edge of the box soared over the crossbar.
In the final moments, Emmanuel had another opportunity to make amends, but his shot found only the side netting in the 120th minute.
South Korea held on during added time to secure their second victory in three meetings against Nigeria at this level.
As a result, the Asians will now face Italy in the semi-finals of the tournament held in Argentina, while Nigeria’s journey at the #U20WC comes to an end.