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Saudi Arabia defeats South Korea to become AFC U-19 champions

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Saudi Arabia’s national youth football team were crowned the AFC U19 Champion after defeating South Korea 2-1 on Sunday at the Pakansari Stadium in Cibinong, Indonesia.

The Saudi team advanced early in the second minute through Turki Marwan Al-Ammar, while Khaled Issa Al-Ghannam doubled the score in the 22nd minute, before the South Korean team scored their only goal at the 63rd minute by a penalty.

This is the third Asian title for the Saudis, after winning in 1986 against Bahrain, and in 1992 against South Korea.

The Saudi U19 national football team had qualified for the 2019 World Youth Cup in Poland after finishing the first round of Group D with nine points from three matches, beating Malaysia 2-1, China 1-0 and Tajikistan 3-1, then winning quarter final against Australia 3-1, and the semi-final against Japan 2-0.