South Korea took on Honduras with a spot in the semifinals on the line. Despite losing the possession battle and creating less chances, Honduras came out on top 1-0.
South Korea controlled the run of play in the first half, but could not capitalize on any of its chances.
One of the team’s best opportunities came in the 39th minute when Heungmin Son had his free kick attempt knocked away by Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez.
At the end of the half, South Korea had produced seven shots on goal compared to Honduras’ one.
In the 47th minute, South Korea’s Son had another great chance, but Lopez came up with another big save as he dove to keep the ball out of the goal.
Despite South Korea’s control throughout the match, it was Honduras that opened the scoring. On a quick counterattack, Romell Quioto found Alberth Elis who slotted his shot in the back of the net to give Honduras a 1-0 lead.
Then in the 69th minute, Marcelo Pereira nearly doubled Honduras’ lead as he had an open header in the box, but his attempt went wide of the goal.
In the 71st minute, South Korea’s Changhoon Kwon had a great chance to equalize, but Lopez executed a fantastic save to maintain his team’s lead.
Honduras maintained its one goal advantage for the remainder of the match to earn a spot in the semifinals where it will face the winner of Brazil vs. Colombia. South Korea is eliminated from Olympic competition.
Eric Scatamacchia, NBC Olympics
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