In front of Klinsmann-ho, who missed the victory by struggling with his opponent, there is the pride of the first place in the group and the practicality of the second place in the group.
The South Korean national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, is currently second in the group. It tied Jordan 2-2 in the second Group E match of the “2023 AFC Asian Cup” at Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar on January 20 (Korea time).
South Korea scored the first goal with Son Heung-min’s penalty kick in the early hours against Jordan, which was rated one step below, but lost the lead in the first half. After struggling with Jordan’s dense defense, Hwang In-beom’s equalizer barely avoided defeat until extra time in the second half.
Had the team lost, the No. 1 ranking in the group would have been in the worst situation. Korea, which narrowly tied Jordan with one win, one draw and four points, but maintained the second place in the group due to the loss in goal difference (Jordan +4, Korea +2). If Korea and Jordan, which had a tie in their face-to-face matches, are equally divided in goal difference.
In order for South Korea to rise to the top of the group as a result of the final match, it needs better results than Jordan. If Jordan catches Bahrain and South Korea catches Malaysia and the two teams have two wins and one tie, South Korea needs a great victory to turn the difference between gains and losses.
However, there is a possibility that Jordan will not do its best in the match against Bahrain. This is because losing the top spot in the group to South Korea could be a better result in practical terms.
Jordan’s primary goal is to advance to the round of 16. Jordan, which has grabbed one win and one draw, has almost achieved that goal. It would be a “jackpot” if it advances to the quarterfinals if it meets an easier opponent in the round of 16. Then, it would be more profitable to give up its No. 1 ranking in Group E, which meets the No. 2 ranking in Group D. There is a high possibility that Japan will rank No. 2 in Group D. Japan lost its second group match against Iraq 1-2, and Iraq’s advance to the round of 16, the top spot in its group, has already been confirmed. If Japan fails to lose its final match against Indonesia, it will rank No. 2 in its group.
The second-ranked team in Group E will meet the first-ranked in Group F, which is expected to be Saudi Arabia or Thailand. The opponent is less burdensome than Japan, which is evaluated as the top contender.
Considering the matches following the round of 16, it is more comfortable to advance to the round of 16 as the second-ranked team in Group E. If the team ascends to No. 1 in Group E, it would be the best choice to meet Japan in the round of 16, and Iran in the quarterfinals. Chances are high that the team will meet host Qatar or Uzbekistan in the semifinals. Chances are high that the second-ranked in Group E will face Saudi Arabia in the round of 16, Australia in the quarterfinals, and then either China, Iraq or the United Arab Emirates in the semifinals.
For Korea, whose goal is to win the championship, it may be practical to maintain the second place in the group, which is relatively easy to achieve. However, Korea’s position is different from that of Jordan. It is a matter of pride. The fact that Korea, ranked 23rd in the FIFA rankings, fails to rank No. 1 in the group that includes Bahrain (86th), Jordan (87th) and Malaysia (130th) cannot be seen as a good thing. 헤라카지노
When comparing the value of the team, Korea’s failure to rank No. 1 in the group seems to be a more humiliating record. Kim Min-jae’s value was set at 60 million euros (about 87.5 billion won) in the player’s value set by soccer transfer media “Transfermarkt.” Even if the players of all three countries, Jordan, Bahrain, and Malaysia, are combined, it is only 30.51 million euros (about 44.5 billion won), half of Kim Min-jae’s.
If South Korea, which curiously aimed to win the Asian Cup with the praise of “the strongest generation ever,” avoids the round of 16 match between Korea and Japan in search of practical benefits and considers the difficulty of the tournament match, that will inevitably come out.