South Korea vs Australia, Friday’s Friendly match between South Korea and the Socceroos at the Busan Asiad Stadium.
The South Koreans set up a two-game friendly for the period. They will also face the Iranian team on the 11th. The team performed well in the Asian Cup. He reached the quarter-finals when he fell to Qatar to be beaten 1-0. The Catharians would take the tournament title by beating the Japanese in the decision.
Until then, the South Korean team had an unbeaten sequence of 12 matches that had been started in their last match at the 2018 World Cup in Russia when they achieved one of the most impressive results of their history by beating and eliminating Germany by 2 to 0.
On the date that FIFA reserved for friendly matches in March, the first of 2019, South Korea has joined forces with two teams from South America and was successful. They beat Bolivia 1-0 with a goal scored by Chung-Yong Lee in the 41st minute of the final.
The result may even be considered misleading in the broad domain shown by the team that had full control of the game with 70% possession and 21 attempts to finalize. It lacked, however, quality, since only four of these shots went in the right direction.
Against a more qualified opponent, Colombia, the South Koreans won 2-1. Their biggest player, Heung-Min Son opened the scoring in the 17 minutes of the first half. Diaz equalized for the Colombians four minutes from the final stage and Jae-Sung secured the victory in the 13th minute.
In that duel, however, the South Americans were better in the majority of the game (58% to 42% possession), tried to finish more (18 to 7) and hit more (7 to 3). But they did not put the ball in the net in the amount they would need.
The Australians have not met since their disastrous Asian Cup participation. The team landed in the United Arab Emirates, the country that hosted the tournament, as a candidate for the title and left the dispute as a major disappointment.
They passed the first stage as second place in their group with six points behind the Jordan team, whom they lost early on. In the Round of 16, it was a goalless draw against Uzbekistan, winning only in a penalty shootout. It ended up succumbing in the quarterfinals against the home team, when they lost 1-0.
It has, to a certain extent, been due to the lack of organization of the local federation, which has not presented a long-term preparation program and has shown difficulties in defining a commander for the 2022 World Cup, so much so that he did not schedule friendly matches. The period set aside for this purpose in March and only confirmed the meeting with South Korea in June.
Much better structured on and off the pitch, South Korea’s selection makes the prognosis of their success the best guess for Friday’s June 7 encounter against Australia.