SEOUL, Sept 7 — South Korea bought their World Cup qualifying marketing campaign back on monitor in the present day, beating Lebanon 1-0 in Suwon.
Aiming for a tenth successive World Cup look, South Korea wanted to rebound from a gap goalless draw in opposition to Iraq final week.
But simply hours earlier than the match, the Korea Football Association introduced that the facet’s star and captain Son Heung-min was out with a calf damage.
The first half resulted in goalless, principally because of Lebanese goalkeeper Mostafa Matar, who turned in a shift to repeatedly deny Korean attackers.
But on the hour mark, Kwon Chang-hoon — substituted on simply two minutes earlier — exploited area within the field to place the hosts forward.
Lebanon virtually equalised within the dying moments, however their assault was cleared by Korean midfielder Son Jun-ho.
“I’m blissful to have scored a purpose for the nationwide crew, and honoured to have performed it on the Big Bird,” Kwon informed reporters, referring to the Suwon World Cup Stadium, the place his membership relies.
There are two teams of six nations within the last spherical of Asian qualifiers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
South Korea and Lebanon are joined in Group A by Iran, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Iraq.
The high two groups from every group will advance to the World Cup, and the third-placed sides will face off for an opportunity to enter the intercontinental play-off.
South Korea will play Syria at dwelling on October 7, when Lebanon go to Iraq.
On October 12, South Korea are scheduled to tackle Iran in Tehran, whereas Lebanon face Syria. — eNM