The South Korean national soccer team, which is aiming to win the Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years, won the final mock test and finished warming up.
The national team, led by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, won 1-0 thanks to Lee Jae-sung’s first goal in the 40th minute of the first half in an exhibition match against Iraq at New York University Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the 6th (Korea time).
Ahead of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, which will open in Qatar on the 13th, Klinsmann set up a training camp in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for local adaptation and final inspection, and then held a warm-up match with Iraq, which will participate in the Asian Cup together.
As the actual matches are just around the corner, coach Klinsmann conducted a large number of rotation to check players’ conditions. In the 4-2-3-1 formation, Kim Seung-gyu defended the goal, and Lee Ki-je, Jung Seung-hyeon, Kim Young-kwon, and Seol Young-woo formed the back four. Park Yong-woo and Hwang In-beom defended the third term, while Lee Jae-seong, Hong Hyun-suk and Jung Woo-young were deployed the second. Oh Hyun-gyu was named as the front line one-top.
Most of the players active in Europe, including national team captain and ace Son Heung-min, Lee Kang-in, Kim Min-jae, Hwang Hee-chan, and Cho Kyu-sung, were included on the bench list, signaling their participation in the second half.
In Iraq, goalkeeper Jalal Hasan, as well as Mercas Dorski, Ali Adnan, Saad Natik, and Hussein Ali will be in charge of defense. Osama Rashid and Amir Al-Amanri will be in charge of the midfield, while Ibrahim Bayesh, Ali Jasim, Montader Mazed and Mohanad Ali will be on the front line. A large number of Korean-born players from Europe including Sweden and Germany have been deployed to Iraq.
After the whistle blew at the start of the match, Korea almost lost a point just two minutes into the first half. After Bayeshi caught the backward penetration pass, he beat Jeong Seung-hyeon with instant speed to allow Kim Seung-gyu and a one-on-one chance from the left side of the penalty area. Fortunately, Kim Seung-gyu came out first and hit the ball, avoiding the point. 랭크카지노주소
South Korea, which had been losing ground to Iraq at the beginning of the first half, began to pressure Iraq as it took the lead in the game little by little. Lee Ki-je scored a deep cross from the left side in the 23rd minute of the first half, and Oh Hyun-kyu hit the ball on his right foot and connected it with a shot, but the shot went straight to the goalkeeper.