The Syrian national team will face a difficult test in the hosting of South Korea at the opening of the third round of the first group of Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
In the following report, “Erm News” reviews the most prominent features of South Korea’s confrontation against Syria.
Date and carrier channels
The match between South Korea and Syria will be held at (Ansan-Wa) Stadium at 2:00 pm, Syrian time, on Thursday.
The match will be broadcast via ssc channel 7, with the voice of commentator Khaled Al-Mudaifer inside Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi Asia 1 with the voice of commentator Muhammad Al-Shamsi inside the Emirates, and it is also transmitted through the AFC channel on YouTube in the two countries only.
Iran leads the first group standings before the start of the third round, with 6 points, after achieving two victories.
South Korea ranks second with 4 points, followed by the UAE team with two points, then Syria, Iraq and Lebanon scored one point from the first two rounds.
The qualifiers system stipulates that the leaders and runners-up of each of the two groups qualify for the final stage of the qualifiers, with the two third-placed teams playing in a playoff round to determine the representative of Asia in a play-off against the fifth-placed team in the South American qualifiers.
South Korea vs Syria
The Syrian team is looking for a surprise and a first win from South Korea in its own home.
History testifies to 5 confrontations between Korea and Syria, which began with the only victory of the Qasioun Eagles in the 1984 Asian Cup, 1-0, with the goal of Radwan Al Sheikh. The Korean team achieved two victories and a draw twice.
Nizar Mahrous, the coach of the Syrian national team, admitted in the press conference before the meeting that Nassour Qasioun is on a difficult mission against Korea in its stadium, and it is one of the strong teams that have a long history in Asian football.
He pointed out that the South Korean team has professional elements playing in Europe, but it also has weaknesses, and the Syrian team should take advantage of the opportunities that arise for it.
The duo, Muhammad Othman and Ayaz Othman, players of the Syrian national team, are absent after an administrative crisis in obtaining visas, and the Syrian Federation and the technical staff of the team are responsible for what happened to the Korean embassy.
It is expected that the Syrian team will rely on a squad that includes goalkeeper Ibrahim Alama, and in front of him is the quadruple of the defense line, Saad Ahmed, Thaer Karuma, Abdul Rahman Weis and Khaled Kardawgli.
The midfield is led by Kamel Hamisha, next to him, Zaher Midani, and in front of them are Fahd Al-Youssef and Mahmoud Al-Mawas, with attacking duo Omar Al-Soma and Omar Khribin.
The South Korean team enters looking to win and not stumble again at home after the surprise first round tie with Iraq. The Korean national team is led by Portuguese coach Paulo Bento.
In the press conference before the match, Pinto said that the Korean team is playing to win and achieve the three points, explaining that the Syrian team is not underestimated and has distinct elements.
The South Korean team relies on a squad that includes Jo Hyun Woo goalkeeper, Kim Min Jae, Kim Young Gwan, Kang Woo Sang and Hong Chul in the defense line, while the midfield is led by Hwang In Beom, Lee Dong Jeong and Jung Woo Young, with the attacking trio Heung Min Son, the Tottenham star. Next to Hwang Hee Shan and Huang Ye Ju.
Abdel-Fattah Al-Agha, the former Syrian striker, told “Erm News” that the Syrian team will be in a match like a crossroads, stressing that the return of Al-Soma will enhance the offensive capabilities of the Qasioun Eagles.
He pointed out that the Korean national team is a wonderful team with team capabilities and distinctive speeds, in addition to the presence of Heung-Min Son, one of the most prominent players in the English Premier League.