Korea Republic is qualified for the World Cup Finals 9 times in a row
Date : 2017.09.06
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Korea Republic was successful to get qualified for the World Cup Finals 9 times in a row.
Korea National Football Team led by Coach Shin Taeyong recorded a tie against Uzbekistan 0-0 in the 10th round of the Asian Qualifiers Final Round for the 2018 Russia World Cup, which was held at Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent on September 5, 12 pm (Korea Time). A match between Iran and Syria which was held at the same time was ended up 2-2. Therefore, Korea confirmed 2nd ranking in Group A with 15 score as the final winning score. It is a qualification for the World Cup Finals for the 9 times in a row since the Mexico World Cup in 1986. Iran ranked 1st with a winning score of 22, Syria recorded 3rd with a winning score of 13.
Coach Shin used 3-4-3 formation which was close to a variation of back three at the match against Uzbekistan. He posted Son Heungmin (Tottenham), Hwang Heechan (Zalsburg), Lee Keunho (Gangwon) at the final frontier while positioned Kim Minwoo (Suwon), Kwon Changhoon (Dijon), Jung Wooyoung (Chongqing), Go Yohan (Seoul) at center. At the back, Kim Younggwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyunsoo (Tokyo) and Kim Minjae (Jeonbuk) stood together. The goalkeeper's gloves were in Kim Seunggyu(Vissel Kobe)'s hands.
Korea showed unstable flow until middle of the first half. The team played offense very enthusiastically but there were few mistakes while playing one to one and allowed Uzbekistan counterattack opportunity. Korea had a good mobility at the beginning of first half but had an unfavorable position against Uzbekistan as time passed. Particularly, forward pass was not smooth. Offense players such as Hwang Heechan and Son Heungmin played vigorously and there was also overlapping of fullback. However such attack was not able to continued up to the frontier.
As half of the first half passed, Korea and Uzbekistan had a fierce seesawing game in order to get a goal. Jung Wooyoung and Haydarov, the mid-fielders of each team received a warning while competing with the opponent player. Moreover, Jang Hyunsoo of Korea had a sudden wound and was urgently substituted by Koo Jacheol (Augsburg). Kim Younggwon and Kim Minjae were positioned in the central defense while Kim Minwoo and Go Yohan came down. As a result, the formation was changed into 4-2-3-1 automatically.
In the overtime of the first half, Korea had a decisive scoring opportunity but was not successful. Go Yohan tried a pass near the penalty box of the opponent team's area and Hwang Heechan, who was near the arc circle changed direction of the ball forward. Son Heungmin, finally caught the ball and had a one to one opportunity with the goal keeper. However, the final shooting went over the goal.
Korea lifted up line in the second half. The team used side very actively and played offensively. Korea substituted Kwon Changhoon who complained of pain in ankle with Yeom Kihun (Suwon). Uzbekistan lost physical strength as time passed and had a gap between the defense. Korea got the power and knocked Uzbekistan. The pass play was activated since Yeom Kihun joined. In the 70', Go Yohan broke through until the inner part of the goal and tried a pass into the center but it was blocked by the opponent team's defense.
As the last substitution card, Coach Shin Taeyong substituted Lee Keunho by Lee Dongguk (Jeonbuk). It was a strategy to get a goal with the two top players, Lee Dongguk and Hwang Heechan. Geynrikh of Uzbekistan tried a shooting near the Korea's camp box in the 82' but Kim Seunggyu, the goalkeeper defended it. Korea gained a free kick in the left side of the penalty box of the Uzbekistan camp, but Yeom Kihun's shooting was not connected to the goal. In the 89', Lee Dongguk and Son Heungmin's continuous shooting were regretfully missed. Ultimately, the game ended with a tie 0-0.
<10th match of Asian Qualifiers for the 2018 Russia World Cup>
Korea Republic 0-0 Uzbekistan
Line up : Kim Seunggyu (GK) - Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo (43' Koo Jacheol), Kim Minjae - Kim Minwoo, Kwon Changhoon (64' Yeom Kihun), Jung Wooyoung, Go Yohan - Son Heungmin, Hwang Heechan, Lee Keunho (79' Lee Dongguk)
Words = AHN Kihee
Photos = FAphotos