Ukraine Edge South Korea to Win U20 World Cup

Vladyslav Supriaha scored twice as Ukraine came from a goal down to beat South Korea 3-1 and win the Under-20 World Cup glory for the first time in their history.

Saturday’s showpiece final in Lodz featured two first-time finalists and it was South Korea who made the brighter start thanks to Lee’s spot-kick, awarded after VAR ruled Kim Se-yun had been fouled just inside the area.

Supriaha profited from some slack defending to tap in an equaliser in the 34th minute, however, and he added Ukraine’s second shortly after the break after being inadvertently played in by Korea’s Kim Hyun-woo.

Ukraine then had Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin to thank for keeping them in front when he pushed Lee Jae-ik’s header on to the frame of the goal.

And Tsitaishvili scored a breakaway third to round off the comeback for Oleksandr Petrakov’s side, who saw off Panama, Colombia and Italy on their way to the final.

Lunin not only picked up a winners’ medal, but also earned himself the Golden Glove accolade, while Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haland won the Golden Boot, netting a whopping nine goals for Norway at the tournament despite not getting out of the groups.

Lee Kang-in was awarded the Golden Ball, a small consolation for defeat in the final.


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