Korea downs USA in extra time to clinch AIFF Youth Cup

Seo Woomin curled in a free-kick in the 114th minute of the extra-time to seal the win after both teams were locked 1-1 after 90 minutes.

The victorious Korean team with the trophy.   -  AIFF

Korea Republic defeated the United States of America 2-1 in the final to lift the inaugural edition of the AIFF Youth Cup at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco today.

Seo Woomin curled in a free-kick in the 114th minute of the extra-time to seal the win after both teams were locked 1-1 after 90 minutes.

The first goal came in the 14th minute when Lee Hakseon cut in from the right, sidestepped his marker only to see his shot hit the post and roll in much to the delight of the Korean bench.

Andrew James restored parity for the USA in the 31st minute. Grant Akinola made a great run through the middle and was tripped as he was shaping up to pull the trigger. James’ effort from the spot was saved by rival goalkepeer Park Jimin but James tapped in the rebound.

Changing over, USA was reduced to 10-men when George Anthony was given marching orders in the 54th minute. Korea did try to cash in on its numerical superiority but the US defence held fort as the two teams proceeded to extra-time.

It eventually needed a piece of individual brilliance to separate the teams – Seo Woomin’s direct free-kick from around 25 yards doing the trick for Korea Republic in the 114th minute.

Meanwhile, in the third-place play-off played earlier in the day, Tanzania defeated Malaysia 3-0. Goals from Rashid Abdallah (13th), Shabani Zuberi (41st), Muhsini Malima (45+5) sealed the issue for Tanzania.

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