South Korea will tackle Moldova on Friday of their last males’s soccer pleasant match earlier than their World Cup qualifying marketing campaign resumes, with home league gamers getting their final shot to stake their declare for roster spots.
The second-ever assembly between the 2 international locations will kick off at Mardan Sports activities Complicated in Antalya, Turkey, at 2 p.m. native time, or 8 p.m. in South Korea.
Members of the South Korean males’s nationwide soccer group practice at Cornelia Diamond Soccer Heart in Antalya, Turkey, on Jan. 18, 2022, on this photograph supplied by the Korea Soccer Affiliation. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
It is going to be the final tuneup match for South Korea earlier than they face Lebanon on Jan. 27 within the last Asian qualification spherical for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. At the moment sitting in second place in Group A, South Korea will even play Syria on Feb. 1 in Dubai because the impartial website.
South Korea head coach Paulo Bento arrange coaching camp in Antalya earlier this month to arrange for the World Cup qualifiers. He at present has 25 gamers from South Korea’s Okay League and two extra from Japan’s J. League. Bento has since added six gamers from Europe and the Center East, and they’ll be a part of the remainder of the group subsequent Monday.
After the Moldova match, Bento will make just a few last-minute cuts.
South Korea beat Moldova 1-0 of their first match in January 2018, additionally in Antalya, as they had been gearing up for the FIFA World Cup later that yr. Contemporary off a 5-1 rout of No. 62 Iceland on Saturday, world No. 33 South Korea ought to have little hassle in opposition to the 181st-ranked Moldova.
Bento’s focus might be totally on how new faces from the Asian leagues match into his scheme, quite than on the match consequence itself.
South Korea’s win over Iceland was spectacular in ways in which went past the ultimate rating. 4 completely different gamers, together with debutants Eom Ji-sung and Kim Jin-gyu, scored their first worldwide targets. Nationwide group debutants match snugly into Bento’s system, based upon buildup performs from the again. Regardless of using completely different gamers than typical, South Korea nonetheless attacked with the sort of endurance and methodical precision that had highlighted latest World Cup qualifying wins that includes Europe-based stars.
A few these European membership gamers have been left off the group for now, with Bento hoping they may get better from their accidents in time for the World Cup qualifiers.
Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur and Hwang Hee-chan of Wolverhampton Wanderers are each nursing decrease physique accidents. Their respective golf equipment beforehand dominated them out of motion for January, however Bento has stated he’ll wait till the final doable second to make his last name on these two.
Stating the apparent, Bento stated final week Son and Hwang are “two vital gamers, gamers which have options to create many conditions within the attacking section.”
All of Bento’s cuts are anticipated to contain Okay League gamers. The 2 gamers from J. League, goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu and defender Kwon Kyung-won, have lengthy earned Bento’s belief. And the coach is clearly not going to chop gamers from Europe and, within the case of midfielder Jung Woo-young, Qatar, solely days after naming them to the squad.
A number of gamers made their senior worldwide debuts in opposition to Iceland, and Bento is anticipated to as soon as once more give new faces a protracted look in opposition to Moldova.