The Korean national soccer team boarded a flight to China this morning (19th) to play a World Cup qualifying match against China.
South Korea’s national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, will play its second Group C match against China at 9 p.m. on the 21st at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, China.
The national team, which conducted fan open training at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul on the previous day, arrived at Incheon International Airport early in the morning and left for China.
South Korea, which is trying to advance to the World Cup finals for the 11th consecutive time, was drawn in Group C along with China, Thailand and Singapore in the second round of qualifying for the Asian region of the World Cup. Only when you are in the second place in the group can you advance to the third qualifying round. 안전놀이터
South Korea is ranked first in the group with a 5-0 victory thanks to consecutive goals by Cho Kyu-sung, Hwang Hee-chan, Son Heung-min, Hwang Ui-jo and Lee Kang-in in the first match against Singapore on the 16th. If they win against China, it will be easier to get to the third qualifying round.
However, China also won 2-1 away in Thailand on the 16th and its morale has risen. Moreover, as it is an away game, you should not let your guard down.
It is evaluated that Korea is ahead in terms of objective power. South Korea is full of players playing on the European stage, and Son Heung-min, Lee Kang-in, and Hwang Hee-chan are playing the best in their teams. In the FIFA rankings, South Korea is also ranked 24th, while China is ranked 79th. Korea is overwhelmingly dominant with 22 wins, 12 draws and 2 losses in 36 matches.
However, if South Korea fails to open China’s goal early, there is a possibility that a frustrating game will take place. The cheering of Chinese home fans and the rough play of Chinese players are also a part to be wary of.
Attention is focusing on whether Klinsmann will be able to continue his cruising toward the 2026 North-China World Cup by bringing three points away from China.