• S. Korea Move Closer To Olympic Men's Football Berth After Defeating Jordan

South Korean players celebrating 2-1 victory against Jordan at Thammasat Stadium in Rangsit, Thailand
South Korean players celebrating 2-1 victory against Jordan at Thammasat Stadium in Rangsit, Thailand
South Korea defeated Jordan 2-1 on Sunday to move within one victory of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic men's football tournament.

Forward Cho Gue-sung opened the scoring for South Korea in the first half of the quarterfinals of the Asian Football Confederation U-23 Championship in Thailand.

Midfielder Lee Dong-gyeong later scored a free kick to break a tie in the dying seconds, giving his team a narrow win.

South Korea will face Australia in the semifinals on Wednesday at Thammasat Stadium in Rangsit.

Kickoff is scheduled at 8:15 p.m. local time or 10:15 p.m. in Seoul.

Another win will ensure South Korea to play at the Tokyo Olympics, but a loss will relegate the national team to the third-place match, where South Korea would be in a must-win situation against the other semifinals loser.■

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