Klinsmann’s key midfielder Lee Kang-in (22) was sent off after receiving a “red card” for accumulating warnings during the warm-up match against Iraq, but it is not linked to the Asian Cup.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) urgently announced on the 7th that Lee Kang-in’s dismissal, which occurred during a friendly match between South Korea and Iraq, was not linked to the Asian Cup. It was a quick response from the KFA level to ease fans’ concerns about the disruption of the team’s power of the Clinsman, who is trying to win the Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years.
Lee Kang-in will complete the rest of his training schedule at the Abu Dhabi Training Camp in the United Arab Emirates, before arriving in Qatar on Wednesday to begin the 2023 AFC Asian Cup schedule. Korea will face Bahrain (15th), Jordan (20th), and Malaysia (25th) at 8:30 p.m. in Group E, respectively. If Korea ranks first in Group E and Iraq ranks second in Group D, it will have a showdown in the round of 16 tournament. As Japan is in Group D, chances are high that the match will actually take place.
Lee Kang-in’s exit occurred in the 41st minute of the second half of the warm-up match against Iraq at New York University Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on the 6th. Lee Kang-in, who was deployed as a substitute member at the start of the second half with Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan and Kim Min-jae, was involved in a physical fight while competing with Iraqi defender Ahmed Yahia in the 39th minute of the second half. There was a collision with Lee Kang-in trying to take the ball away from the right touchline of the Iraqi camp.
Although Yahya, who was stepped on the foot of the foot, violently hit Lee Kang-in in the face twice with his elbow, the UAE referee took out yellow cards for both players. Lee Kang-in, who had already received the first warning at 24 minutes in the second half, was sent off as the second warning.
However, he did not lose a point even when the number of players was insufficient, and kept Lee Jae-seong’s winning goal in the 40th minute of the first half, continuing his six-game winning streak and seven-game losing streak. During his six-game winning streak, Klinsmann scored a total of 20 goals and gave no point. 헤라카지노도메인
Iraq is ranked 63rd in the FIFA rankings, 40 places lower than Korea, which is ranking 23rd, but is considered a dark horse among Asian countries to maintain its top 10 ranking. If Korea advances to the round of 16 as the No. 1 player in Group E, it will play against the No. 2 player in Group D, which is highly likely to be Iraq. Japan is expected to rank No. 1 in Group D.