Korea Faces Moldova in Friendly Match in Turkey

  • By Sung Jin-hyuk

    January 21, 2022 11:32

    Korea faces Moldova in a friendly match in Antalya, Turkey on Friday in preparation for the final leg of the Asian qualifiers for this year's FIFA World Cup in Qatar slated for November.

    Korea's 27-man team, mostly consisting of those who play in the K-League, trained there for about 10 days. Coach Paulo Bento is expected to include about half of them in the roster for the qualifiers.

    Korean footballers hold a warm-up training session in Antalya, Turkey on Thursday as coach Paulo Bento (center) looks on.

    Several key footballers who play in Europe -- Hwang In-beom of FC Rubin Kazan, Hwang Ui-jo of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Jeong Woo-yeong of SC Freiburg, Jung Woo-young of Qatar's Al Sadd SC, Kim Min-jae of Fenerbahçe and Lee Jae-sung of Mainz 05 -- have already been selected for the roster.

    But Bento is still undecided whether he will include Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur and Hwang Hee-chan of Wolverhampton, who are recovering from injuries.

    After the friendly with Moldova, Korea will head to Turkey's Istanbul on Saturday and then leave for Lebanon.

    Korea will face Lebanon on Jan. 27 and Syria on Feb. 1.

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