South Korea, ranked 23rd in the world, will pass the group stage of the Asian Championships, but it was evaluated that it would reveal defensive problems by allowing goals in all games.
South Korea will face Malaysia, ranked 130th in the world, in its third Group E match of the round of 24 finals at the 18th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Qatar from 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 25.
Vietnam’s “Tap Chibongda” predicted a 3-1 victory over Malaysia, pointing out that “Malaysia will not want to leave this Asian Cup empty-handed. It is not a difficult matchup for Korea, but the attitude varies depending on the opponent.”
“Tapchibongda” is a daily newspaper published by the Vietnam Football Association. Korea beat world No. 86 Bahrain 3-1 in Group E of the AFC Asian Cup, but tied with 87th-ranked Jordan 2-2 in the second.
According to Vietnam’s No. 1 sports newspaper “Tap Chi Bonda,” Korea will lose points in succession to Bahrain, Jordan and Malaysia. The last time Korea lost points in the first three consecutive Asian Cup matches was in the 15th Asian Cup in 2011.
Coincidentally, Qatar was the host of the Asian Cup 13 years ago. At that time, Korea beat Bahrain (2-1) and India (4-1), and had a 1-1 draw with Australia. After advancing to the tournament, Korea won the third place match after failing to advance to the semifinals.
Malaysia is in the finals of the Asian Cup for the first time in 17 years after the 14th Asian Cup in 2007. Although it is already impossible to join the round of 16 due to the 0-4 loss to Jordan and the 0-1 loss to Bahrain, “Tapjibonda” is expected to face South Korea with a “strong will that it cannot be finished scoreless.”
Lee Kang-in (23, PSG), MVP of the 2023 French Professional Football Federation Super Cup, was introduced to Vietnamese readers as the best star of the Korean national team at the time of preparing for the third round of Group E of the Asian Cup. “Tap Chi Bonda” also cited Lee Kang-in as the most brilliant person in “Korea with the best squad of this tournament (if you look at individuals).”
Malaysia’s coach Kim Pan-gon (55), not a player, was in the spotlight. “Tap Chi-Bonda” praised him as a leader who has made significant progress after taking the helm of the national team in 2022, although he has not reached the level of the round of 16 at the Asian Cup yet. 헤라카지노
Kim Pan-gon, the head coach of the Korea Football Association, served as the head of the national team’s selection committee for 2018-2022, and displayed outstanding administrative skills. “I will do my best against my country in the last group match of the Asian Cup,” he said.