The Korean national soccer team, which is challenging its third Asian summit in 64 years, managed to beat Saudi Arabia to advance to the quarterfinals.꽁머니사이트
In the round of 16 of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup held at Education City Stadium in Alayyan, Qatar, on the 31st (Korea time), South Korea won 4-2 in the penalty shootout after 120 minutes of overtime against Saudi Arabia.
The quarterfinal match will be held against Australia. Kick-off will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 (6:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 local time).
Korea will have to rest for only two days after a bloody battle until overtime and the penalty shootout. This is the price that paid off Korea for finishing the group league in second place. On the other hand, Australia defeated Indonesia 4-0 in a relaxed manner on Friday, and will take four days of rest before facing off against Korea. Korea is at an absolute disadvantage in the physical battle.
When asked about his physical stamina after his win against Saudi Arabia, Korean national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann said, “There is not a lot of time left. It is a long time to make a difference,” adding, “Today’s victory can give positive and bright energy to the team’s atmosphere. I am happy to be with these players.”
However, mental strength does not solve everything. In particular, it is worrisome that Kim Min-jae, the core of defense, shows signs of physical deterioration.
Kim was replaced by Park Jin-seop at the 12th minute in the second half of overtime due to pain in his leg. Kim started all four games including three group games and the round of 16 strongest teams. He has hardly rested as a regular starting member in his team, and he has accumulated fatigue.
No matter how good a tactic is, players must realize it on the field to shine. Managing physical strength of the Korean national team has emerged as the biggest challenge in the quarterfinals.