Cape Town - South Africa and Korea DPR played to a 1-1 draw on Thursday in their second match of the FIFA World Cup U-17 at Estadio Municipal Ester Roa, in Concepcion, Chile.
According to SAFA website, South Africa began the match on a high as they went into the match with confidence.
Amajimbos attacked from the first minute and were awarded a penalty 10 minutes into the match; when Ri Kuk Hyon brought Mkatshana down in the box and was given a harsh red card. Mukumela stepped up and gave Amajimbos the lead.
The South African lead did not last very long as Korea DPR won a penalty 5 minutes later, after a very clumsy challenge from Mohamme forced referee Aranovskiy to point to the spot. Kim Wi Song stepped up and equalized for the Koreans.
The rest of the first-half saw many missed chances and half chances created by both sides, however the back line of South Africa was in sixes and sevens due to the pace of Korea.
The second-half started with Korea having the advantage; as they took more shots at goal, but failed to take the lead in the match; after numerous opportunities were missed by Han and Choe.
Coach Molefi Ntseki made a tactical change in the 76th minute when Wiseman Meyiwa can on for Kobamelo Kodisang, as South Africa needed some stability in the back. Notha Ngcobo came in for Simon Nqoi in the 83rd minute of the match, but still no goals came from this.
The match ended on a high as the crowd cheered on Mpoto who moved from his goals to play infield alongside his teammates as they searched deep for their second late goal in the world cup; however that goal did not come.
South Africa and Korea have one point each in group E, but still sit bottom of the log standings in that order.
South Africa will face Russia in last group E match on Sunday, October 22, at Estadio Municipal Ester Roa in Concepcion.