November 26, 2022

Together with his workforce on the verge of an early qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, South Korea head coach Paulo Bento stated Monday he needs to get the job achieved “as quickly as attainable.”

South Korea will tackle Syria in Group A motion Tuesday in the course of the ultimate Asian qualifying spherical for the Asian Cup. Although Syria are the house workforce, they haven’t been in a position to host qualifiers because of civil struggle. Tuesday’s match shall be performed at Rashid Stadium in Dubai because the impartial venue, kicking off at 6 p.m. native time, or 11 p.m. in Seoul.

South Korea head coach Paulo Bento speaks at a press convention at Rashid Stadium in Dubai on Jan. 31, 2022, on the eve of a World Cup qualifying match towards Syria. (Yonhap)

A win will ship South Korea to the World Cup in Qatar. South Korea are holding down the second spot within the group with 17 factors from 5 wins and two attracts, two factors behind Iran. The highest two groups from every of the 2 teams on this part will seize computerized spots for the World Cup. Iran bought one final week with a win over Iraq, and South Korea can be part of them Tuesday.

South Korea have performed at each World Cup since 1986.

“We’ve a superb alternative to achieve our objective tomorrow,” Bento stated at his prematch press convention. “For certain, we’re going to do every little thing we are able to with a view to attain the objective as quickly as attainable.”

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South Korea had a COVID-19 scare after touring from Lebanon, the place they’d picked up a 1-0 win over the house workforce, to Dubai final week. Defender Hong Chul examined optimistic for the virus Friday and compelled the remainder of the workforce into quarantine whereas they awaited their take a look at outcomes. Nobody else bought contaminated with the virus, and Bento has been in a position to run coaching periods as common, minus Hong. The coach stated he’ll get his prices to play additional exhausting for his or her ailing teammate.

“The preparation has been good since we arrived in Dubai, even when we had some issues,” Bento stated. “It’s a pity that we don’t have all of the gamers obtainable to play on this vital sport. However an important factor is the participant who bought contaminated is nicely. Tomorrow, we’ll attempt to play for him as nicely.”

South Korea beat Syria 2-1 of their earlier assembly at residence on Oct. 7. Syria are in final place with two factors from two attracts and 5 losses to date.