November 29, 2022

After a profitable bounce again from a demoralizing defeat, South Korea will chase their second straight victory in males’s soccer on Friday towards Paraguay whereas additionally in search of much-needed enhancements from their protection.

The kickoff between Twenty ninth-ranked South Korea and No. 50 Paraguay is 8 p.m. at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, some 35 kilometers south of Seoul.

Son Heung-min of South Korea (R) celebrates after scoring a objective towards Chile throughout the nations’ soccer pleasant match at Daejeon World Cup Stadium in Daejeon, some 160 kilometers south of Seoul, on June 6, 2022. (Yonhap)

This would be the third of 4 pleasant matches that South Korea will play in June. They misplaced to Brazil 5-1 final Thursday however blanked Chile 2-0 4 days later, with captain Son Heung-min scoring a late free kick objective in his a hundredth worldwide match.

After Paraguay, South Korea will host Egypt in Seoul subsequent Tuesday.

These matches are a part of South Korea’s preparation for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November.

South Korea have had two wins, three attracts and one loss towards Paraguay thus far. Their most up-to-date assembly was a pleasant in October 2014, when South Korea prevailed 2-0.

Of the 4 opponents for South Korea this month, Paraguay, which missed out on the World Cup, are the lowest-ranked workforce. They made a cease in Sapporo final Thursday, and Japan loved a convincing 4-1 victory.

There are few names on the Paraguayan workforce that informal followers would acknowledge, save for Newcastle United midfielder Miguel Almiron and former West Ham United defender Fabian Balbuena, who’s at the moment taking part in for Dynamo Moscow in Russia. Paraguay have misplaced 4 of their 5 matches thus far in 2022, whereas getting blanked thrice.

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This units up an ideal alternative for South Korea’s shaky protection corps to get their act collectively in a much less tense setting. It stays an space of concern for head coach Paulo Bento.

South Korea seemed overwhelmed at instances towards Brazil’s excessive urgent, as expert and speedy forwards pressured errant passes from flustered defenders. Chile, taking cues from their fellow South Individuals, additionally put some stress on South Korean defenders early. Bento had inserted two new gamers into the beginning lineup towards Chile, as heart again Jung Seung-hyun and proper fullback Kim Moon-hwan received the nods. However they skilled a lot the identical issues that the veterans that they’d changed, Kim Younger-gwon and Lee Yong, had towards Brazil.

The absence of Fenerbahce heart again Kim Min-jae, out with an ankle harm, has been sorely felt. South Korea are a totally completely different workforce with out the versatile 25-year-old.

Bento lately known as Kim the quickest defender for South Korea. Kim is simply the form of security valve that South Korea can flip to when confronted with tight forechecking, because of a mixture of his pace, composure and skill to make sensible outlet passes.

Kim can be a bodily defender who was barely challenged by Asian forwards throughout South Korea’s World Cup qualification run. It will have been fascinating, for each strategic functions and sheer leisure worth, to see how Kim would have fared towards Neymar and different expert Brazilian attackers.

Kim may even miss the remaining two matches this month, and he’ll solely have two friendlies in September earlier than leaping into his first World Cup two months later.

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In the meantime, Bento could be clever to organize a plan B for his protection in case Kim can not go on the World Cup. Relying so closely on one defender is all the time a dicey proposition.

At fullback positions, the 35-year-old Lee Yong and the 31-year-old Hong Chul could not be viable choices at a excessive degree. The expertise pool there may be noticeably skinny for South Korea, although Kim Jin-su, a younger veteran left again with 55 caps at 29, would have been getting the majority of motion this month if not for a latest hamstring harm.

Bento chosen two worldwide rookies on protection for June: Suwon FC fullback Park Min-gyu and Daejeon Hana Citizen heart again Cho Yu-min. They didn’t play towards Brazil or Chile, however Bento could also be tempted to go together with them within the remaining matches and see if they are often an improve over some veterans.

South Korea’s offense has been nice. Even towards Brazil, South Korea pushed again within the second half and Bento praised his attackers for his or her gritty efficiency. Scoring only one free kick objective after Chile went down a person left a lot to be desired, however there was little that went incorrect with the offensive course of.

It can bear watching what Bento decides to do with Son this time. Towards Brazil, the Premier League Golden Boot winner began as a winger, a well-known place for him in worldwide play, earlier than transferring as much as the striker place within the second half when the starter Hwang Ui-jo was subbed out. Bento stated afterward he needed to maintain issues easy and never experiment an excessive amount of along with his offensive formation when he knew South Korea must spend many of the match defending.

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Then versus Chile, Son received the beginning because the striker, and Jeong Woo-yeong, an lively midfielder, began on the wing. The 2 had a couple of promising moments, and Jeong picked up an help on Hwang Hee-chan’s opening objective.

After a time without work versus Chile, Hwang Ui-jo could slide again into the combination because the lone striker, which might then transfer Son again to the wing.