Seeking to avenge its Asian Cup final defeat nine years ago, South Korean soccer has named Hwang Hee-chan in its starting lineup for the first time to spearhead a “revenge match” alongside Son Heung-min, Lee Kang-in and Cho Kyu-sung.
South Korea, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, announced their starting 11 for the ‘Revenge Match’ ahead of their Qatar 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup quarterfinal second leg against Australia at Al-Janub Stadium (capacity 44,325) in Al Wakrah, Qatar on Wednesday at 0:30am.
Klinsmann called up Son Heung-min, Cho Kyu-sung, Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Kang-in, Park Yong-woo, Hwang In-beom, Seol Young-woo, Kim Young-kwon, Kim Tae-hwan, and Kim Min-jae. Center back Jung Seung-hyun and midfielder Jung Woo-young Lee Jae-sung, who started in the Round of 16 against Saudi Arabia, come off the bench, while Hwang Hee-chan, Cho Kyu-sung and defensive midfielder Park Yong-woo start. That’s three changes from the Saudi game. 안전카지노사이트 It’s effectively South Korea’s best 11.
Looking at the starting lineup, Klinsmann is likely to go back to using a four-back instead of the three-back he brought out as a “surprise card” against Saudi Arabia.
After making his first appearance at the tournament as a late substitute in the third group game against Malaysia due to a hip injury, Hwang also came on as a late substitute in the round of 16 against Saudi Arabia. While he has yet to record an attacking point, he is expected to create space for Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in with his trademark daring runs into the box. Hwang is sixth in the English Premier League (EPL) in scoring this season with 10 goals.
Australia head coach Graham Arnold has named striker Jackson Irvine and winger Martin Boyle, both of whom have two goals apiece for the Socceroos, as well as 2-meter defender Harry Souta in his starting lineup.
The match will be officiated by Oman’s Ahmed Alkaf. South Korea finished as runners-up in the 2015 edition of the tournament, losing 1-2 in extra time to hosts Australia despite a dramatic equalizer from Son Heung-min. With a chance for redemption after nine years, the 23rd-ranked South Koreans will be determined to make a statement against the 25th-ranked Aussies, who are also favorites to win the tournament, and make a sacrifice on the way to their first title in 64 years.
If South Korea defeats Australia in the quarterfinals, they will play Jordan, who they faced once in the group stage, in the semifinals at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday. Jordan booked their place in the quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory over Tajikistan in the first leg of their quarterfinal matchup, which featured a fairytale-like historical march.
Jordan, who drew 2-2 with South Korea in their second Group E match, lost attacking force Olwan and main defender Alzilin to cautions in the Tajikistan game, meaning they will be unable to play in the quarterfinals after accumulating two bookings. South Korea will have an easier quarterfinal if they can get past Australia.
South Korea has won eight, drawn 11 and lost nine in their all-time series with Australia. At the Asian Cup, they are winless with one win, one draw, and one loss. In the last two games, South Korea has won one and drawn one. Only three matches have been won by more than two goals.