Jürgen Klinsmann, the coach of the Korean national soccer team, who was at the center of criticism due to the ‘foreign play controversy’, took a breather by reporting his first win.
메이저놀이터The Korean national soccer team won 1-0 in a friendly match against Saudi Arabia held at St. James Park in Newcastle, England, on the 13th (Korean time). Coach Klinsmann kept Cho Kyu-seong’s (Midtjylland) winning goal in the 32nd minute of the first half until the end, recording his first victory in six games since taking charge of the Korean national team.
Korea ranks 28th in the FIFA rankings, higher than Saudi Arabia, which ranks 54th.
As a result, Korea recorded 1 win, 3 draws, and 2 losses under coach Klinsmann. Coach Klinsmann had the disgrace of being the coach with the most games without a win since the Korea Football Association introduced the full-time national team coach system in 1992, as the team ended in a 0-0 draw against Wales on the 8th, the previous game.
In Korea, Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and Cho Kyu-sung were at the forefront of the attack.
Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) and Lee Jae-seong (Mainz) were in charge of attacking the left and right flanks, while Hwang In-beom (Zvezda) and Park Yong-woo (Al Ain) were responsible for coordinating the game in the midfield.
The defensive line, from the left, was Lee Ki-je (Suwon), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Jeong Seung-hyun, and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), and the goal was guarded by Kim Seung-gyu (Al-Shabaab).
Korea scored the winning goal in the 32nd minute of the first half, taking advantage of an opponent’s defensive mistake.
Ali Bulaich cleared the pass that Hwang In-beom had forwarded, and it bounced high, and Cho Gyu-seong put it in with his head, shaking the net.
It is Cho Gyu-seong’s 7th goal in international matches and the first goal scored under the Klinsmann system.
Korea faced strong resistance from Saudi Arabia, but did not allow a goal thanks to world-class Kim Min-jae’s impeccable defense and Kim Seung-gyu’s saves.