18 shots, one goal… and an unfortunate tardiness.
The South Korean national soccer team won for the first time in six games under Jürgen Klinsmann, 59. But the one-goal victory over Saudi Arabia (No. 54), which is ranked lower than South Korea (No. 28) in the FIFA rankings, was not enough to quell the controversy over Klinsmann’s leadership and his so-called “work-from-home” policy. Klinsmann, who had been weighed down by the ‘hardening against Saudi Arabia’ mood, took a breath of fresh air but was unable to completely erase the question marks hanging over him.온라인카지노
South Korea won a 1-0 friendly against Saudi Arabia in Newcastle, England, on Sept. 13. Cho Kyu-sung scored in the 32nd minute and the Koreans held on for the win. After scoring two goals with his head against Ghana in the group stage of last year’s World Cup in Qatar, Cho lived up to his reputation as a “header specialist” by finding the back of the net again. It’s been 10 months since he scored a goal in an A-match since last November against Ghana. In total, Cho has seven goals in 26 A matches.
The victory was Klinsmann’s first win in six matches since taking charge of the South Korean national team in February. Prior to this game, the team had lost three and drawn two.
Despite the win, South Korea’s finishing and defensive organization left something to be desired. South Korea outshot Saudi Arabia 18-7 and 9-2 in shots on goal, but only managed to score one goal. At his inaugural press conference in March, Klinsmann vowed to play aggressive, high-scoring soccer, saying, “I like to win 4-3 more than I like to win 1-0.” However, Klinsmann’s side had scored just five goals in six matches leading up to the Saudi game, an average of less than one goal per game.
The Saudis had lost their last five A matches before the match against South Korea. During the five-game losing streak, they conceded more than two goals in each game and scored 11 goals. Against the Saudis, South Korea managed just one goal. The Saudis have called up 26 players from their domestic league for this A-Match. South Korea has 24 players, 10 of whom play in European leagues.
South Korea kept a clean sheet but had a few lapses in defense. Goalkeeper Kim Seung-kyu and center back Jung Seung-hyun didn’t work well together, and the flanks were easily penetrated on several occasions. The defense’s cover play was also a bit shaky.
South Korea will next play two A-match friendlies against Tunisia (31st) at Seoul World Cup Stadium on November 13 and Vietnam (95th) at Suwon World Cup Stadium on November 17. In November, the team will begin Asian qualifying for the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America.