Korea to Face Iraq in Final Asian World Cup Qualifiers

  • By Song Won-hyung

    August 20, 2021 13:35

    Korea will face Iraq in its first match of the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

    The Korea Football Association on Thursday said the match will take place at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul on Sept. 2. On Sept. 7, it will face Lebanon in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province.

    Korea is grouped with Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, Syria and the UAE.

    Each team in the six groups plays 10 home and away matches, and the top two teams from each group advance to the World Cup. The third-placed teams go into play-off, with the winner advancing to the intercontinental playoffs.

    The Iraqi team led by Dutch manager Dick Advocaat, who coached the Korean national team from 2005 to 2006, set up their training camp in Spain, where they played two friendly matches, before moving on to Turkey on Wednesday for more friendlies.

    Korea was originally scheduled to play Lebanon in an away match on Sept. 7 and a home match on Jan. 27 next year, but the two sides agreed to switch the schedule over concerns of injuries amid cold winter weather in Korea. 

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