#4 South Korea had a dream start; Defensive errors and failure to take up chances cost them the match
A fast start to match for the Asians saw them have a dream start as Lee Kang-in scored from the spot in the fifth minute of the match after a VAR aided decision overturned referee Ismail Elfath's original decision not to give the penalty.
The South Korean defence was in a way to blame for the first and second goal scored by Vladyslav Spriaha.
The 19-year old from Dynamo Kiev found himself fortunate in both the occasion as South Korean setup both the goals for the striker.
Se-Yun Kim was the culprit for the first goal after the 20-year old poked the ball out of the feet of Oleksiy Khahlov only to find it going to an unmarked Supriaha inside the penalty box.
The second goal was once again unfortunate as an attempt to take the ball of Yukhym Konoplia by Hyun-Woo Kim resulted in the South Korean's attempt ricocheting off the Ukranian player to find its way to Supriaha.
Going behind though prompted waves of South Korean attacks as the Asians failed to find the net despite making some dangerous attacks in the Ukranian penalty area.
#3 Lee Kang-in produces impressive performance; fails to get the Asians past the line
The one star who ran the show for South Korea the entire tournament, Lee Kang-in was once again the pick of the players for the Asians.
Arguably one of the best players in the tournament, Lee Kang-in had been the main architect behind South Korea's success after making 4 assists in the tournament.
The final though proved why the Valencia midfielder is highly rated. Given the chance to score the first-ever goal for an Asian side in a global final, the 18-year old cooly stepped up and slotted into the net to give his side the lead.
The 18-year old, deployed rather deeper than usual, was once again the man who controlled the midfield for the Asians. As Ukraine scored the second goal, Lee Kang-in was thrust further up the pitch with the Koreans looking for the equalizer.
The Valencia man proved too much for the Ukranian defence as danced past them and made telling passes into dangerous areas only to see his teammates scuff the chances.
At the end the 18-year old failed to get his team past the finals, finishing the tournament with 2 goals and 4 assists.
The South Korean performance in the tournament deservedly won him the Golden Ball.Published 16 Jun 2019, 09:45 IST