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Three second half goals sealed the win for South Korea.


South Korea advanced to the quarter-finals of the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Egypt thanks to three second half goals in a comfortable victory over Paraguay.

Two goals from Kim Min-Woo and a third from Kim Bo-Kyung in a 15 minute span in the second half were enough to send South Korea through as the Albirroja had no response.

Seo Jung-Jin and Min-Woo had first half opportunities to put South Korea in front, but they failed to take advantage in what was a dull opening 45 minutes. Both sides battled for control but neither managed to assert their dominance and there was little to report from the attacking thirds with just one shot on goal in the entire half.

Korea started the second half as they had ended the first, taking the game to the South Americans and when Joel Silva could only parry Min-Woo's drive, their first effort on target, Bo-Kyung pounced to bag a simple tap-in in front of goal to put South Korea a goal to the good.

Five minutes later, it was 2-0 thanks to a quick free-kick which set up Min-Woo and he smashed a fine left-footed drive past Silva.

Rodrigo Burgos was then shown a red card after two bookable offenses and Paraguay seemed to up their game in his absence with substitute Celso Ortiz smashing an fine free-kick which Kim Seung-Gyu did well to tip over the bar.

Min-Woo put the game beyond all doubt on 70 minutes heading home after some fine work down the right channel from Park Hee-Seong. An insurmountable 3-0 lead for South Korea, especially with Paraguay a man down.

That's how it remained for the final 20 minutes as South Korea strode to a comfortable win. They now face the winners of Friday's game between Ghana and South Africa.

Paul Madden, Goal.com

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