Preview: South Korea vs Lebanon

Preview: South Korea vs Lebanon

By Samuel Kim

After a terrible loss to Japan in front of 38,263 spectators in The Sapporo Dome, The Taeguk Warriors will have to find a way to get their morale and dignity back by attempting to triumph over Lebanon.

Korea will be looking to get their campaign off to a winning start

With the World Cup qualifiers about to begin, Cho Kwang-Rae’s squad are looking to qualify for the World Cup for the eighth consecutive time and regain confidence.

The Taeguk Warriors are looking sharp after skipper, Park Chu-Young has regained confidence in himself and from his coach by signing with Arsenal, and he’s looking to play a full 90 minutes. Sunderland striker Ji Dong-Won is also looking to get some action on Friday night, but with Cho Kwang-Rae’s array “interesting” formations, it seems not everyone will get to show what they’re capable of.

The team is indeed the team to beat in Group B with a host of players from Europe. It’s close to a full-strength squad, with Lee Chung-yung, Koo Ja-cheol and Son Heung-min all missing through injury, which means Cho Kwang-Rae is taking no chances.

From a Lebanon point of view, it’s not looking very bright with a notorious reputation for never being able to qualify for any tournament in their history other than the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, which they hosted. Being one of the lowest-ranked teams in the AFC currently, it would take an enormous effort to overcome South Korea’s short passing game. The team would have to be at their best to have a go at Korea’s backline.

Right now, it almost seems that all is doomed for The Cedars, but anything can happen in this wonderful game called football.

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