Captain Son Heung-min scored within the dying moments of the primary half and defender Kim Younger-gwon added a second-half insurance coverage marker, as South Korea defeated Iran 2-0 of their ultimate World Cup qualifying match at house on Thursday.
Earlier than a sellout crowd of 64,375 at Seoul World Cup Stadium, South Korea earned their first victory over Iran since January 2011, and overtook their Center Jap rival for the highest spot in Group A of the ultimate Asian World Cup qualifying spherical.
Each South Korea, now main the best way at 23 factors, and Iran, one level again, had lengthy booked their tickets to this 12 months’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and are actually battling for the highest spot within the group with one match left every.
South Korea will shut out the qualifying spherical in opposition to the United Arab Emirates in Dubai subsequent Tuesday. Iran, now trailing South Korea by some extent, will tackle Lebanon the identical day.
The draw for the World Cup can be April 1 in Qatar,
The highest two groups from every of the 2 teams on this part earn computerized berths within the World Cup, whereas the 2 third-place groups will meet in a playoff later. South Korea secured one of many two tickets in Group A by beating Syria 2-0 on Feb. 1.
South Korea will make their tenth consecutive look in soccer’s premier occasion and their eleventh total.
South Korea had some beauty on the Iran internet within the first half, but additionally survived some dicey moments once they turned the ball over in their very own zone.
The groups appeared destined to go into the halftime scoreless, however Son singlehandedly modified the complexion of the competition.
After securing the ball within the Iranian zone, Son drove towards the field on the left facet and fired a shot with 4 opposing gamers closing in on him. The shot was so arduous that goalkeeper Amir Abedzadeh couldn’t fairly corral it after getting a bit of the ball.
South Korea practically doubled their lead within the opening moments of the second half, however Son after which Hwang Ui-jo had been denied by Abedzadeh on consecutive photographs from close to the penalty spot.
South Korea took care of the ball higher in their very own zone within the second half, and eventually doubled their lead within the 63rd minute after a tic-tac-toe play. Heart again Kim Younger-gwon, who had snuck into the field, was the beneficiary of fast, sharp passes from Hwang Hee-chan after which Lee Jae-sung.
Son missed out on a few probabilities to select up his second purpose: first, slipping and falling proper in entrance of the web as he tried a volley within the 71st minute, after which having a shot go off a defender’s leg within the 84th minute.
Iran nearly spoiled South Korea’s clear sheet bid late within the match. Within the eightieth, Sardar Azmoun’s diving header went proper at goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu. About two minutes later, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh chipped the ball previous Kim however the ball rolled large of the gaping internet.
South Korea held on to protect their two-goal benefit. It was the primary time South Korea had scored greater than as soon as in opposition to Iran since a 2-0 win in October 2015.