Korea to Face Iran, UAE in Final Leg of World Cup Qualifiers

  • By Song Won-hyung

    March 15, 2022 11:17

    Korea will face Iran and the UAE in the final leg of Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar slated for November.

    Korea's 25-man roster was announced on Monday ahead of the two matches -- one against Iran in Seoul on March 24 and the other against the UAE in Dubai on March 29.

    National football team manager Paulo Bento speaks at a press conference in Seoul on Monday. /Yonhap

    Korea, which is grouped with Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and the UAE, has already secured a berth at the World Cup, ranking second in its group with six wins and two draws.

    It will be the first Asian country to make a 10th consecutive appearance at the quadrennial event.

    Cho Gue-sung

    But Korea is determined to beat Iran, one of the toughest opponents, which is currently ranked first with seven wins and one draw, and hopes to move to the top of the group.

    The roster announced by coach Paulo Bento includes Cho Gue-sung of Gimcheon Sangmu along with other key players like Hwang Hee-chan of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Hwang Ui-jo of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, Kim Min-jae of Fenerbahçe S.K. and Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur.

    Cho, who has established himself as an attacker in recent matches, appears set to become a fixture on the national team, having been called up consistently since August last year.

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