A brace from Kim Min-Woo and a tap-in from Kim Bo-Kyung sent Korea Republic through to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009, as Paraguay failed to live up to their potential. The sending off of Rodrigo Burgos capped a miserable night for La Albirroja, but in the end they could have no complaints at the final score of a game which only came to life after the interval.
The first half was full of endeavour, but not much craft; a fact underlined by the statistic that there was not a single shot on goal during the opening 45 minutes. Federico Santander hit a right foot shot which went well wide of the target and Jorge Moreira hit a centrally positioned free-kick straight at the wall for the South Americans, while for the Koreans two mis-hits from six yards from Kim Min-Woo and Seo Jung-Jin should have cost Paraguay.
Korea Republic were controlling the match in the later stages of the first half, and that continued at the beginning of the second. Indeed, the game's first shot on target yielded the first goal. Kim Min-Woo's drive was parried by Joel Silva straight into the path of Kim Bo-Kyung who netted a simple tap-in. Five minutes later, it was 2-0 when a quickly taken free-kick was played into the path of Kim Min-Woo, who fired a glorious left-footed drive past the keeper.
Things went from bad to worse for Paraguay when Rodrigo Burgos was shown a red card after receiving two yellows, but ironically their best period of the game came when they threw caution to the wind. Substitute Celso Ortiz, hit a dipping left footed free-kick which forced Kim Seung-Gyu into a wonderful save, the Korean keeper tipping the ball over the bar at full stretch.
However, the game was put out of the Paraguayans' reach in the 70th minute after a beautiful piece of play. Park Hee-Seong ran down the right and produced a calm, composed chip for Kim Min-Woo, which was an invitation he gratefully accepted, powering a header into the net.
Korea Republic now face the winners of the all-African encounter between Ghana and South Africa in Suez on Friday, while Paraguay, conquerors of Egypt during the group stage, now head for the first available flight home.