30th July, 2011
Coach of England, Brian Eastick, is not happy that his team could not secure the three points at stake in their match against Korea DPR in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.
Korea DPR gave this World Youth Championship, WYC, an unforeseen start by holding England to a 0-0 draw in Medellin yesterday.
The result was a severe blow to the Europeans’ hopes of reaching the knockout phase, given that they have the competition’s record six-time winners Argentina and Mexico, the reigning U-17 champions, still left to play in Group F.
England Coach said after the match: “We lost two points today. We were definitely the better team, especially in the first period. But you already know the script in this kind of game when you dominate and you create good chances.
“We probably deserved to win, but we couldnâ€™t convert our chances. But I still think that in FIFA tournament, the most important thing is maybe not to win the game, but most of all, it is not to lose it.
“My team are in a pre-season stage, while Korea have been working together for months. It reflected the game. I could only make three substitutions, but ten of my players were exhausted!”
Coach Jo Tong Sop of Korea is however glad with the result, saying that his boys did well by holding England.
“We can be happy because we didnâ€™t lose to England, who was clearly the favourites in this game. But we can also have some regrets because we didnâ€™t win, even though we had the opportunity to do so,” he said.
“We showed our character and our strength in this match by resisting, but also our limits, especially in our attack. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™ll have to work on before the next game with Mexico.
“Mexico are a team with better technical skills, but if we strengthen our defence and improve our offensive tactics, we should be able to win this game,” he said.
When the referee’s whistle brought the 0-0 match draw to an end, the players’ expression said it all: the North Koreans had pulled off a fine result, while their opponents’ possibility of going through had taken a big knock.