South Korea dropped their final World Cup qualifier to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 1-0 in Dubai on Tuesday, struggling their first and solely loss in an in any other case profitable qualifying marketing campaign.
UAE ahead Hareb Abdullah netted the lone purpose of the match within the 54th minute at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, the place favored South Korea did not unlock the suffocating protection of the house workforce.
South Korea struck the crossbar twice, whereas Son Heung-min’s late free kick from simply outdoors the field was turned apart by goalkeeper Khalid Eisa.
South Korea completed in second place in Group A of the ultimate Asian World Cup qualifying section, with 23 factors and a file of seven wins, two attracts and one loss. Iran, which beat Lebanon 2-0 earlier Tuesday, earned the highest spot within the group with 25 factors and a file of eight wins, one draw and one loss.
South Korea had already secured their World Cup berth with a 2-0 victory over Syria on Feb. 1. Head coach Paulo Bento saved insisting he needed to seize the highest seed within the group. His gamers took care of enterprise by blanking Iran 2-0 at residence final Thursday and overtaking the Center Japanese facet for the highest spot.
On Tuesday, although, South Korea did not translate their large ball possession benefit right into a purpose.
The groups had been scoreless within the first half, which featured few severe possibilities at both finish.
South Korea got here closest to breaking the impasse within the forty third minute, when Hwang Hee-chan’s volley from outdoors the field, following a protracted rebound, struck the underside of the crossbar and stayed out of the web.
South Korea additionally dedicated some turnovers in their very own zone, although the UAE weren’t capable of any convert ensuing counterattack alternatives.
The UAE lastly obtained on the board within the 54th minute by catching the South Korean protection napping after a throw-in. Mohammed Abbas Baloushi headed down the ball to the streaking Abdullah, who beat goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo in a one-on-one alternative for a 1-0 lead.
South Korea got here inside inches of leveling the rating six minutes later, when Hwang Ui-jo’s header, arrange by Kim Tae-hwan’s cross, went off Eisa’s fingertips and rang off the crossbar.
South Korea saved pushing for an equalizer that by no means got here. Son had one final alternative after drawing a foul simply outdoors the field, however his ensuing free kick went proper at Eisa for a straightforward save.
South Korea, as one of many high two groups of their group, will play of their tenth consecutive World Cup in November in Qatar. The draw for the event will happen within the host nation on Friday.