Klinsmann’s next opponent, Saudi Arabia, ‘feels more pressure’ after losing to Costa Rica

Saudi Arabia, the next opponent of the South Korean national soccer team, lost 1-3 to Costa Rica in a friendly match. The 54th-ranked Saudi Arabia suffered a two-goal defeat in an exhibition match against the 46th-ranked Costa Rica at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England, on Sept. 9 (KST). The Saudis will face South Korea at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at St. James’ Park. South Korea, coached by Jürgen Klinsmann (GER), played Wales (35th) to a 0-0 draw on Aug. 8 in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. Klinsmann, who took over the reins of the South Korean national soccer team in February, has failed to win any of his five matches since then, drawing three and losing two, much to the disappointment of fans. Since the Korea Football Association introduced the full-time national team manager system in 1992, Klinsmann is the first coach to go five games without a win. For Klinsmann, the match against Saudi Arabia on Nov. 13 is a must-win. Saudi Arabia recently hired former Italy national team coach Roberto Mancini, and the game against Costa Rica was Mancini’s debut in charge. Mancini led Italy to victory at the 2020 European Championships. Saudi Arabia’s 1-3 loss to Costa Rica puts even more pressure on Klinsmann. If the Saudis can’t get a win against Costa Rica, his position will be even more tenuous. South Korea drew 2-2 with Costa Rica in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do, last September under Paulo Bento. Costa Rica scored the first two goals of the match to take the lead, and although Saudi Arabia pulled one back in the 23rd minute through Ali Al-Bulaihi (Al-Hilal), they conceded another in the 44th minute to suffer a 1-3 defeat. However, according to ESPN statistics, the Saudis held a 61 percent to 39 percent advantage in offensive possession, 13-10 in shots, and 7-5 in shots on goal. St. James’ Park, the venue for the match between South Korea and Saudi Arabia, is the home stadium of English 온라인카지노 Premier League club Newcastle, which is owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.

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