Argentina’s Lionel Messi falls while dribbling in the penalty box in the second half of the match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia in the first match of Group C of the 2022 Qatar World Cup group stage held at Lusail Stadium in Qatar on the afternoon of the 22nd (local time).
Saudi Arabian players celebrate after winning 2-1 between Saudi Arabia and Oman in the Group F match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on the 16th (local time).
KBS commentator Lee Young-pyo, who has extensive experience in international competitions as a member of the national team, cautioned that Saudi Arabia, the opponent in the round of 16 of the Asian Cup, is a team that will catch Argentina as well if they get in the mood. However, he was confident of Korea’s victory, saying that there were still loopholes.
The national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will play the round of 16 of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup against Saudi Arabia at Al Rayyan Education City Stadium in Qatar at 1 a.m. on the 31st (Korean time).
Saudi Arabia, led by coach Roberto Mancini, advanced to the round of 16 with a record of 2 wins and 1 draw, playing a salty defense that allowed only 1 goal through penalty kicks in 3 group stage games. The destructive power of the attack, which scored 4 goals in 3 games, was weak, but the defense boasted solidity.
Hwang In-beom of the Korean national soccer team scored a dramatic equalizer in the second half of extra time in the second half of the match between Jordan and Korea in the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup Group E group stage held at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 20th (local time).
This is the first strong team that Klinsmann will face in this tournament, and the first hurdle in his journey to victory for the first time in 64 years.
This commentator had first-hand experience with Saudi soccer by playing for Saudi Al Hilal from 2009 to 2011 as a player.
Commentator Lee said, “Basically, Saudi Arabia has good individual skills and many players with creativity in dribbling and shooting. Also, once you get into the mood, your morale goes up to the sky. “This is a team that even defeated Argentina (at the World Cup) when the atmosphere was good,” he explained its strengths.
Also, “Saudi Arabia is comprised only of players from their own league, but recently many world-class players, such as Cristiano Ronaldo (Al-Nasr) and Karim Benzema (Al-Ittihad), are playing here. So Saudi defenses will have no fear of a high-profile star,” he added.
He added, “But there are also disadvantages. “It was the same when I was playing as a player, and it is the same now, but he lacks an organizational foundation, such as not standing where he should stand.”
Based on this, commentator Lee also pointed out in detail the weaknesses of Saudi Arabia that Korea should target.
He said, “Saudi players have a strong and tight defense that blocks players in their field of vision. However, when the ball passes over you and goes in the opposite direction, and then comes back in the opposite direction, you miss the mark completely,” he said. “You need to swing the cross widely in the opposite direction from the left and right sides, and then cross again in the opposite direction from there. “When it swings left and right like that, Saudi Arabia’s defense becomes weak,” he said. 토토사이트