PHOENIX (Dec. 5, 2010) – The Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team defeated the Korea Republic U-17 Men’s National Team 3-2 in its third and final match of the 2010 Nike International Friendlies at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz.
The win, combined with the 2-0 U.S. loss to Turkey in the evening match, gave Brazil five points and secured second place in the tournament standings.
A lethargic first half cast a sharp comparison to a high energy second half in which Brazil would score twice in the final ten minutes to comeback and secure the victory.
Korea opened the scoring on 32 minutes when Kim Min June created a goal out of seemingly nothing. He received the ball in space about 30 yards from goal, was allowed to turn and beat two defenders cutting through the right channel. His near-post shot beat Brazil goalkeeper Guido and stunned the Brazilians, who had comfortable hold on the proceedings up until that point.
The goal injected life into the match and Brazil began pressing the tempo knowing that they needed to win by two goals to ensure first place should the U.S. and Turkey tie in the second match.
It would not take long for them to answer through a well-worked goal by winger Adryan. His neat footwork created space down the left wing and his near-post cross was spot on for Lucas Piazon to steer into the net from five yards.
The atmosphere of the match completely changed on the back of the two goals, with even the visiting supporters getting into the act with drums and chanting at half time.
The South Americans came out with conviction and passed the ball with purpose, but it would the Koreans to grab the first goal of the half. After winning two consecutive corners, Bang Chan Jun rose highest at the far post to head the ball back across the face of the goal for defender Park Sang Min to nod past Guido and restore the lead in the 52nd minute.
With their backs against the wall and hopes of capturing first place fading, Brazil began pressing the game even harder, creating a wide open match with end to end action.
Leandro finally pulled Brazil even in the 80th minute on a quick counter attack down the left side. After winning possession in his own half, Lucas turned and released Leandro to run at the defense. His initial touch took him by his defender and upon entering the area clipped in a shot with his left foot that found its way underneath goalkeeper Ham Seok Min and into the back of the net.
Feeling the victory, Brazil stepped on the gas and put the Korean goal under immense pressure in the waning minutes. The game-winner arrived via the head of defender Josué in the 84th minute from a corner on the right side. He was first to meet the ball inside the six yard box with Ham Seok Min attempting to parry to safety. The ball rebounded back and forth the two players before eventually falling across the goal line.
Brazil could have had two more before the final whistle blew but spurned two gilt-edged chances from inside the box. Their win did, however, give them a vital three points to conclude the tournament undefeated and finish in second spot.
-NIKE International Friendlies Match Report-
Match: Korea Republic U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: Dec. 5, 2010
Competition: 2010 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Reach 11 Sports Complex; Phoenix, Ariz.
Kickoff: 2 p.m. MT
Weather: Warm – 73 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
KOR 1 1 2
BRA 1 2 3
KOR - Kim Min June (Kim Seung Jun) 32nd minute
BRA – Lucas Piazon (Adryan 45
KOR – Park Sang Min (Bang Chan Jun) 52
BRA – Leandro (Lucas) 80
BRA – Josué 84
KOR: 21- Ham Seok Min; 2- Lee Chang Min, 4-Song Ju Hun, 13-Lee Jong Hun (3-Hwang Ju Hyun, 74), 15- Park Sang Min; 7-Kwon Chang Hoon, 8-Kim Seung Jun (17-Shin Hak Yeong, 46), 14- Kim Min June, 19- Jung Woo Min (6-Shin II Soo, 90+1); 10- Bang Chan Jun, 11- Jeon Dong Min (20- Myeong Jae Kang, 60, 16- Shim Gwang Uk, 74)
Subs Not Used: 1- Jang Dae Hee, 5-Lim Dong Hyun, 9- Han Nam Kyu, 12-Choi Joon Gi
Head Coach: Lee Kwang Jong
BRA: 1-Guido; 3-Josué, 6-Emerson (13-Almir, 73), 16-Lucas, 14-Marcelo (15-Victor, 54); 5-Rodrigo, 7-Adryan, 8-Marlon Bica, 10-Guilherme (18-Nathan, 67) , 17-Mattheus; 11-Lucas Piazon (9-Leandro, 67)
Subs not used: 12-Jairo
Head Coach: Everson Ávila
Statistical Summary: KOR / BRA
Shots: 4 / 15
Shots on Goal: 2 / 8
Saves: 3 / 0
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 17
Offside: 3 / 0
KOR – Lee Jong Hun (caution) 26th minute
BRA – Victor (caution) 90+3
Referee: Elias Bazakos (USA)
Assistant Referee: Matthew Nelson (USA)
Assistant Referee: Desmond Miller (USA)
Fourth Official: Terry Vaughn (USA)