Clinical Koreans put Australia the sword in Group D opener

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South Korea began tentatively but grew into the game to eventually oust Australia 3-0 in the Group D match of the 2018 AFC U16 Championship.

After defending champions Iraq earned a hard fought win over Afghanistan earlier in the day, both South Korea and Australia knew that they have to get all three points in the second of the day in Group D to stay in the running of a place in the knockout stage.

Early on in the first half both teams took time to settled down and play were largely centered in the middle of the pitch with both sides continuously gifting possession back and fro. It wasn't until after half an hour played that Korea started to take a stranglehold on the match.

Using both fullbacks to good effect, Korea started pushing more boys forward but striker Choi Min-seo wasted a good opportunity when he elected to go for power without necessary the right accuracy.

Choi would immediately made amends for his error when he struck he opener in the 43rd minute of the match. He turned and twisted Daniel Walsh before unleashing a shot to the bottom corner, past Ahmad Taleb in Australia's goal.

After the half time break, the Koreans doubled their lead, through another individual effort, this time from Hong Yun-sang. The wide attacker broke the offside trap and easily slotted the ball past Taleb for Korea to lead 2-0.

It wasn't long until the Asian powerhouse struck again as Choi showcased his incredible talent with his second of the night in the 69th minute. Once more Choi showed his marker the wrong side before rifling the ball into the roof of the net.

Trevor Morgan rang the changes in the attacking third of his team, taking out two forwards and one midfielder as he looked to get Australia back into the game. But he would struggle to get a tune of his players against a disciplined Korean backline.

It stayed 3-0 until the final whistle as South Korea with the impressive Choi leading the line, established themselves as one of the favourites of the tournament after an authoritative display against an Australian team thought to be their rival for the competition.

 

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