In the absence of Kim “Light Jun-hong” Joon-hong (Gimcheon), Moon “K-Donna Rumma” Hyun-ho (Chungnam Asan) stepped in.
The South Korea U-20 football team, led by head coach Kim Eun-jung, played to a goalless 0-0 draw against Gambia in their final Group F match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 at the Mendoza Stadium in Argentina on Monday (June 29).
South Korea (W1 D1 L5), which shares a point with first-place Gambia (W2 D1 L7), clinched second place in the group and will meet Ecuador in the round of 16. The match will take place on June 2 at 6 a.m. in Santiago del Estro.
Moon Hyun-ho, a 6-foot-3 goalkeeper, was chosen by coach Kim Eun-jung to replace Kim Jun-hong, who was suspended for the match after receiving back-to-back cautions in the first and second games. The 6-foot-3 goalkeeper made one save after another to help the Gambians withstand a flurry of attacks.
Moon calmly saved Bojang’s header from close range two minutes into the second half, then followed it up with a close-range effort from Mbiye.
In the 22nd minute, he made a long-armed save on a mid-range shot that was deflected off the goalpost and back into Moon’s arms. It was a super-save that even the local Argentine fans, who were waving their flags, could not hide their surprise. 안전놀이터
With his tall stature and long limbs, Moon was impressive in clearing the ball from a position higher than his opponent’s head, even when the opponent took a high kick on a set piece.
With his natural physicality and agility, Moon reminded me of Gianluigi Donnarumma, who plays for PSG and the Italian national team.
Moon was born in 2003 and went through the Samsung Youth System in Suwon. He grew up at Matan Middle School and Matan High School before joining Chungnam Asan in the K League 2 as a free agent in January 2022.