South Korea succumbed to a damaging 4-0 loss to Ghana in their final pre-tournament friendly ahead of the World Cup at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on Monday. Jordan Ayew hit a hat-trick and Asamoah Gyan added a goal before the break to make it a comprehensive victory for the Black Stars, while South Korea’s troubles in attack continued as they drew yet another blank.
Ahead of a tough Group H alongside Belgium, Algeria, and Russia, coach Hong Myung-bo has it all to do if he is to lead his squad to qualification from the World Cup group stages.
Here are six takeaways from Korea’s defeat to Ghana.
A Disastrous Buildup to the World Cup
It hasn’t exactly been the best buildup for South Korea ahead of their World Cup campaign: After their 1-0 loss at home to Tunisia at the end of May, this was yet another lackluster display that yielded no goals.
Prior to their 2-0 win over Greece in March, the Koreans conceded six goals in two defeats against the United States and Mexico, both of which admittedly featured weaker squads than usual.
But far from carrying Asian hopes on their backs, the Koreans have disappointed, and the manner of their loss against Ghana on Monday will have depressed Asian supporters as much as it will have excited African fans.
Lack of Steel and Character in a Young Squad
Since Hong took over last July, South Korea have tallied eight defeats in 16 games—not an impressive record by any stretch of the imagination.
A more pressing issue than the profligacy in attack (which we’ll touch on soon) is the openness in defence that has seen them carved apart by opposition that, on the balance of play, they have generally a match for.
Hong raised eyebrows when he named a young squad back in early May—their average age is just 25, one of the youngest in Brazil—but the lack of leadership, steel and character across the team’s spine is glaring and alarming. Ghana vs South Korea Live.
That their attack is continuing to fail to get on the scoresheet doesn’t help their defensive ailings at all.
With the amount of midfield and attacking talent in their squad, the South Koreans should be looking to score every match, not come away easily beaten with no goals scored.
The excitement is building for the monumental football event, with clips being shared of fans taking over in Qatar and rallying by wearing their nation’s jersey.
Where is the FIFA World Cup 2022 happening?
The tournament will begin on November 20th.
How many teams are there in the World Cup 2022?
The event has 32 nations participating and there will be 64 matches in 29 days.
What teams are there in the World Cup 2022?
AFC (6): Australia (38), Iran (20), Japan (24), Qatar (50) (hosts), Saudi Arabia (51), South Korea (28)
CONCACAF (4): Canada (41), Costa Rica (31), Mexico (13), United States (16)
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CAF (5) Cameroon (43), Ghana (61), Morocco (22), Senegal (18), Tunisia (30)
CONMEBOL (4): Argentina (3), Brazil (1), Ecuador (44), Uruguay (14)
(**The number next to the country’s name is the official FIFA ranking.)
What is the tournament format?
Where will the FIFA World Cup 2022 be telecasted in Ghana?
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The first game of the FIFA World Cup 2022 will see host nation Qatar take on Ecuador.
Fans based in the UK can watch every moment of World Cup 2022 action for free. The broadcast rights are shared between BBC and ITV, with the final being shown on both. Oh, and you’ll need a TV license.
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Fans in England and Wales will be looking to watch their sides progress into the knockout rounds. England fans will be keep to keep up the momentum from their second-place
finish at Euro 2020. Ghana vs South Korea Live.
The two sides go head-to-head on Tuesday November 29th, at 7pm.
Coverage in the USA is split between FOX and Fox Sports 1, with FOX showing all of the knockout games.
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