Possible match between Korea and Japan in the round of 16 of the Asian Cup… First opponent: Bahrain
With Bahrain set as the first opponent of Klinsmanho, who is challenging to win the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in 64 years, it was found that there is a possibility of meeting Japan in the round of 16.
The Korean national team (ranked 27th in the FIFA rankings), led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany), held at the Katara Opera House in Doha, Qatar on the 11th (Korean time) as a result of the draw for the 2023 Asian Cup, Jordan (84th), They were placed in Group E with Bahrain (85th) and Malaysia (138th).
A total of 24 countries participated in this tournament and were divided into 6 groups of 4 countries to play the group stage. The 1st and 2nd teams in each group and the 4 teams with the best results among the 3rd-place teams in each group advance to the round of 16 tournament.
According to the game schedule released by the AFC after the group draw, Korea will play its first group match against Bahrain at 8:30 pm on January 15 next year at Jasim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.
In the match against Bahrain, Korea has a huge lead with 11 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss. The most recent confrontation was in the round of 16 of the 2019 tournament, at which time Korea won 2-1 after a close game.
Their only loss to Bahrain was in the group stage of the 2007 tournament (1-2 loss).
On January 20th, at 8:30 pm, Doha’s Altumama Stadium, the second group match against Jordan will take place. Against Jordan, they have never lost with 3 wins and 2 draws.
In the Asian Cup finals, they met once in 2004 and drew 0-0.
The final game against Malaysia, led by Korean coach Kim Pan-gon, will be held on January 25th at 8:30 pm at the Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha카지노사이트.
In Group E, Malaysia, which has the lowest FIFA ranking, is classified as the weakest group. However, they cannot be vigilant as coach Kim Pan-gon, who was the head of the Korea Football Association’s power reinforcement committee, leads the team.
Their opponent record is 26 wins, 12 draws and 8 losses from 46 matches. The most recent match was the first qualifying round for the Italian World Cup held in Singapore on June 5, 1989, when Korea won 3-0.
If Korea advances to the round of 16 with 1st place in Group E, it will meet 2nd place in Group D. Group D includes Shin Tae-yong’s Indonesia, Japan, Iraq and Vietnam.
Japan, which has reached the round of 16 of the Qatar World Cup, is highly likely to finish first in the group, but if it finishes second, a match between Korea and Japan will take place in the round of 16.
Also, if Indonesia rises to second place in the group, a head-to-head confrontation with the new coach who led Korea during the 2018 World Cup in Russia may unfold.
If Korea finishes second in Group E, the first place in Group F will face Saudi Arabia.
Korea is regarded as one of the strongest teams in Asia, but in the Asian Cup, there has been no ties to the summit since winning the championship twice in 1956 and 1960. It only won runner-up four times (1972, 1980, 1988, 2015), and was eliminated by Qatar in the quarterfinals in the previous tournament, 2019.
The Asian Cup was originally scheduled to be held in China in June and July, but due to Corona 19, China returned the hosting rights and the venue was changed to Qatar.
The tournament will be held from January 12th to February 10th next year, and will be held in 8 stadiums in 5 cities, centered on Doha.