South Africa U20 0-1 Korea Republic U20: Amajita on the brink of World Cup exit after another defeat
Amajita suffered their second successive defeat at the hands of the Korea Republic, meaning they are rooted at the bottom of the standings

South Africa U20 national team suffered yet another defeat as they went down 1-0 to the Korea Republic in their second match of the Fifa World Cup on Tuesday night. 

Thabo Senong admitted prior to the match that this was a do-or-die encounter and he expected his charges to come to the party and beat the Korea Republic. 

However, it was the opposite as Hyun-Woo Kim of the Korean Republic scored the only goal of the game to dent Amajita's hopes of making it into the knockout stages.

Khulekani Kubheka started in goal for the South Africans, while there was a makeshift at the back following Keenan Phillips' red card in the previous encounter against Argentina

France-based striker Lyle Foster settled for a place on the bench as Senong started with Kobamelo Kodisang and Brendon Moloisane upfront. 

His decision came as a shock to the majority of South African football fans watching from home simply because Amajita needed to win at all cost to stay in the hunt for a place in the knockout stages. 

In addition, Foster scored in Amajita's loss to Argentina, but Senong had other ideas as he faced a Korea Republic team that narrowly lost to Portugal in their previous match. 

South Africa had a shaky start to the first half, but they recovered well after the first quarter of the match with the likes of Siphesihle Mkhize and James Monyane giving the Korea Republic defence a headache.

The duo forced goalkeeper Kwang-Yeon Lee into a couple of good saves, but that was just it as they couldn't find the back of the net. 

Korea Republic dominated the possession from there onward but Amajita stood firm and protected their captain and goalkeeper Kubheka from being exposed to danger.   

Keenan Abrahams wasted a glorious chance to give Amajita the lead towards the half-time break but his headed attempt went wide from inside the small box. 

The second half was again dominated by the Korea Republic, and Amajita struggled to keep up with the pace of the game. 

Joeng Hojin fired a warning shot as his attempt from outside the box came off the woodwork with Kubheka well-beaten. 

Amajita could have read the signs, but they didn't and they paid the heavy price in the 68th minute as the Korea Republic took the lead through Hyun-Woo Kim after heading the ball past Kubheka. 

This was the sixth goal that Amajita had conceded in the tournament; a worrying stats for Senong and his technical team as they need to win their final match by a big margin. 

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Korea Republic nearly doubled their lead in the closing stages of the encounter but a Taejun Park low shot was saved by Kubheka, who had to dive to his left to keep Amajita in the game.  

Amajita tried to launch a comeback deep into stoppage time, but they still couldn't beat Kwang-Yeon Lee, who had a fantastic game for Korea Republic in between the sticks.   

Ultimately, South Africa suffered yet another defeat, and while they are on the brink of returning home, there is still hope that they may make it past the group stages provided they beat Portugal and Argentina register a win over the Korea Republic on Friday. 

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