The Korean national soccer team made a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Australia in the quarterfinals. However, striker Cho Kyu-sung’s poor performance is serious. Attention is focusing on whether Jurgen Klinsmann will start Cho Kyu-sung again.
The South Korean men’s soccer team, led by head coach Klinsmann, will play the semifinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup against Jordan at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Alayyan, Qatar, at 0 a.m. on the 7th (Korea Standard Time).
Korea is eying on its first Asian Cup title in 64 years since 1960. Although Korea remained unstable due to its poor performance in the group league against Jordan and Malaysia, it advanced to the semifinals through dramatic wins in the matches against Saudi Arabia and Australia.
Korea will play a return match against Jordan, which it played in the group league in the semifinals. Korea, ranked 23rd in the FIFA rankings, had a 2-2 draw against Jordan, ranked 87th in the FIFA rankings. The defense was shaken up by Jordan’s quick counterattack and narrowly avoided defeat through an own goal by the opponent in the extra time of the second half.
Striker Cho Kyu-sung’s poor performance was also serious in offense. Cho missed multiple chances one-on-one in the match against Jordan, leaving regret. Notably, at 19 minutes in the second half when the opponent team’s defense stopped and Cho was seen facing an empty net after receiving a pass from Hong Hyun-suk. However, Cho’s shot flew over the goal.
Cho made up for his sluggish performance in the group league by scoring an equalizer in header at extra time in the second half as a substitute in the match against Saudi Arabia in the round of 16. However, he passed to his teammate at a golden opportunity when even the goalkeeper in the round of 16 extra time left the goal empty, and was completely blocked by Australian defender Harry Sutta in the quarterfinals. He was slow and sluggish throughout the day. 헤라카지노
With the current performance, the possibility of Cho Kyu-sung’s rebound is very low. This is because the slump is getting worse and has already been blocked by Jordan’s defense in the group stage. Like the match against Saudi Arabia, it is necessary to exclude Cho Kyu-sung from the starting list.
Cho Kyu-sung, who became the starting striker for the Korean national soccer team by scoring multiple goals in the match against Ghana at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. However, his performance is too sluggish at this Asian Cup. Oh Hyun-kyu is a substitute for the team’s coach, and Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan can also be at the forefront. It is time for Coach Klinsmann, who has continued to trust Cho Kyu-sung, to make a decision.