The national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, will play its semifinal match against Jordan at the 2023 AFC Asian Cup at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Alayan, Qatar, at 0 a.m. on the 7th (Korea time).
There is only one game left before the long-awaited advance to the final. The Korean team was classified as a strong contender for the title before the event, but when it was revealed, it was full of disappointment.꽁머니
Three group games revealed a serious loophole in defense, which barely led to a draw against Jordan and Malaysia, which were considered a few places below.
Even entering the tournament, the situation has not improved significantly. During the matches against Saudi Arabia in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals with Australia, he was never overwhelmed, and he managed to reach the semifinals with dramatic goals in both matches right before the end of the match.
Jordan, the opponent of the semifinal match, was already in a showdown in the last group stage. At that time, the Korean team seemed to win easily by leading with Son Heung-min’s PK goal early in the first half, but conceded two goals at the end of the first half, and even then managed to score an equalizer just before the end to draw a tie.
In particular, Kim Min-jae, the core of the national team’s defense, cannot play in the semifinal due to accumulated warnings, so he must display higher concentration. Jordan, in particular, has a fast counterattack as its main weapon in this tournament, and if it fails to prevent it, its advance to the finals could go up in smoke.
It is also necessary to look at the way the Asian Cup semifinals have been played so far.
The Asian Cup has increased the number of countries to 12 teams since the 1996 tournament, and has been playing in the round of 16 since 2019, when it increased significantly to 24 countries after maintaining the quarterfinals-final-final tournament until 2015.
Looking at the scores of the semifinal match held from 1996 to 2011, half of the 10 matches, or a whopping five, continued through overtime. Since then, however, the match has taken a completely different turn.
In particular, it should be noted that the final team scored multiple points in the last five games, and the eliminated team only scored no points.
Australia, the host country of the second semifinal match in 2011, defeated Uzbekistan 6-0 to reach the final and win the title. Since then, the semifinal match for two consecutive tournaments in 2015 and 2019 has also widened by a wide margin, determining the final team. In other words, the last penalty shootout was between Japan and Korea in 2011.
The first goal is an essential part of achieving the final goal. In a total of 14 matches between 1996 and 2019, the 12 teams that scored first made it to the final. This shows the importance of preemptive bid. The two teams that were eliminated even after scoring the first goal (Bain in 2004 and Korea in 2011) also continued to insistently to the extent that they played overtime.
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