The Italians moved up to four points at the top of Group F of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a come-from-behind win over Korea Republic at the Amadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna. Two goals in five second-half minutes stunned the lively Asians and sealed the 2-1 result for the Italians.
The Koreans had the first chance of note after nine minutes, Jong-Ho Lee's cross picking out captain Jin-Su Kim who controlled with his chest and fired a powerful volley against the crossbar. From there on out, the Italians seemed to be in a state of shock and the East Asians began to control proceedings.
After some tame Italian raids up the flanks, Ji-Su Kim marched up the other end and slammed yet another try, this time from distance, against the woodwork. The Asians were finally rewarded for their dominance on the half-hour mark when Jin-Su Kim hit home from the spot after a handball in the area by Simone Sini. The Italians, down a goal and struggling for any coherence in their play, were having a difficult time keeping hold of the ball, and the Koreans ended the half attacking furiously.
Korea Republic came out from the changing rooms and shifted into an even higher attacking gear. But the Italians, historically so competitive, grabbed an equaliser out of nothing and changed the entire complexion of the game. Fiorentina man Michele Camporese rose highest to nod home in the 56th minute.
Then just five minutes later, the Italians were suddenly in the lead. Marco Fossatti flicked with his heel for Pietro Iemmello, who kept his cool to finish well.
That sudden goal burst stood through to the end and the Italians take on Uruguay in their final game in Kano on 1 November, while the Koreans (on three points) meet Algeria in Kaduna.