February 03, 2022 09:42
Korea qualified for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar after defeating Syria in the UAE on Tuesday in the final round of Asian qualifiers.
Korea will be the first Asian country to make a 10th consecutive appearance at the World Cup.
Beating Syria 2-0, Korea garnered 20 points from six wins and two losses, securing at least second place in its group regardless of the results of the remaining two qualifiers against Iran and the UAE. Iran leads the group with 22 points from seven wins and one loss.
The top two in each group advance to the World Cup, which runs from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 with 32 participants. Korea is the 15th country to secure a ticket to the quadrennial event.
In the match against Syria, Korea was scoreless in the first half, but began to gain momentum in the second. Kim Jin-su scored off a header in the 53rd minute and Kwon Chang-hoon scored a second goal in the 71st with a mid-range shot.
In FIFA's history, the countries that have qualified for the World Cup 10 straight times or more include Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Korea will face off against Iran on March 24 and the UAE on March 26 before wrapping the qualifying round. Coach Paulo Bento vowed to lead the team to perform well until the end.
The native of Portugal is the longest-serving coach of the Korean national team (three years and five months) and the first foreign coach to get the national squad to the World Cup from the regional qualifying rounds.
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