FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019

FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019

23 May - 15 June

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019

Spirited comeback earns Ukraine first U-20 title

Ukraine are FIFA U-20 World Cup champions for the first time after coming from behind to defeat Korea Republic 3-1 in the Poland 2019 final at Lodz Stadium.

Korea Republic struck quickly through Lee Kangin, who converted his penalty in the fifth minute after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check determined that captain Hwang Taehyeon was tripped inside the right edge of the box.

The Ukrainians poured on pressure as the first half progressed, however, culminating in Vladyslav Supriaha's 34th-minute equaliser. Korea Republic could not fully clear Serhii Buletsa's free-kick delivery into the penalty area, and Supriaha pounced on the loose ball to poke home from eight yards.

Supriaha completed his brace eight minutes into the second half. Yukhym Konoplia's deflected through ball skipped into the Ukrainian forward's path and he beat the goalkeeper one-on-one to put his side on top.

A marauding run from Heorhii Tsitaishvili in the 89th minute sealed the match and the championship for the Ukrainians. The midfielder surged forward from his own half and cracked a shot into the corner of the net.

From never progressing past the Round of 16 to lifting the trophy, Ukraine's unprecedented run to the title will be an enduring memory of Poland 2019.

See also

Knockout Phase

Explore this topic

Recommended Stories

The Ukraine team celebrate with the FIFA U-20 World Cup Trophy following their team's victory

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Ukraine triumph as records fall

15 Jun 2019

Players of Ecuador celebrate 

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Ecuador beat Italy for bronze

14 Jun 2019

Richard Mina of Ecuador celebrates with teammates after scoring

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Mina sparks historic finish for Ecuador

15 Jun 2019

Poland 2019: Great goals

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019

Poland 2019: Great goals

14 Jun 2019