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S. Korea to face Uruguay, Senegal in friendlies ahead of U-20 World Cup

All News 11:55 April 14, 2017

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- The South Korea men's national under-20 football team will play friendly matches against Uruguay and Senegal before entering the World Cup at home, the sport's national governing body said Friday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said South Korea's U-20 team will face Uruguay on May 11 and take on Senegal three days later. The venues for two matches will be announced later, it added.

South Korea will host the FIFA U-20 World Cup from May 20 to June 11 in six cities. In the 24-team tournament, they are in Group A with England, Argentina and Guinea.

The KFA said the two friendlies will serve as a tune-up for South Korea's first two group stage matches. South Korea will open the tournament with Guinea at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, on May 20 and go head-to-head against Argentina at the same venue three days later.

Both Uruguay and Senegal are also participants in the U-20 World Cup. Uruguay are in Group D with Japan, Italy and South Africa. Senegal are grouped with the United States, Ecuador and Saudi Arabia in Group F.

Uruguay finished atop the South American qualifying round, while Senegal took second place in the African qualifying campaign for the FIFA competition.

South Korea, led by head coach Shin Tae-yong, called up 25 players for April training and they have been training at the National Football Center in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, since Monday. The KFA said Shin will announce his 21-man final squad on April 29 or 30. The deadline for the final entry is May 8.

In March, South Korea won a FIFA U-20 World Cup test tournament at home that featured Honduras, Ecuador and Zambia.

In this file photo taken on April 10, 2017, South Korea's men's under-20 football team renews its resolution for victory during a training session at the National Football Center in Paju, north of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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