Klinsmann’s men will look to make it two wins in a row against China in the Asian qualifiers for the 2026 North American World Cup.
The South Korean men’s national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, departed Incheon International Airport on Sept. 19 for Shenzhen, China. On the 21st, they will take on China at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Guangdong, China, in their second qualifying match.
The Klinsmanns have been on a roll lately, winning four straight A matches. In their last three matches at home, they have scored a whopping 15 goals without conceding a goal.
In their first qualifier, they were able to break through a tight defense, which is encouraging. Singapore started the game with a five-back and then dropped everyone on the field to defense. Korea has a tendency to struggle when opponents play extreme defense, dropping to two lines in front of the goal, but this time they managed to find the back of the net on several occasions despite the opposition’s ten-back defense.
Lee Kang-in’s (Paris Saint-Germain) creative play was the key to opening the scoring. His quick, accurate passes and crosses, as well as his dazzling movements in the paint, rattled the Chinese defense throughout the game. China is likely to play a more defensive game plan in the early stages of the match, so we’ll be looking for Lee to make an impact once again.
There will be few changes to the lineup. Klinsmann remained cautious after the big win over Singapore, saying, “If it was an away game, it might not have been the same result.” Despite the huge difference in strength, the Chinese are likely to go all-out without rotating their starters. “I don’t think there will be any tactical changes other than whether defensive midfielder Park Yong-woo (Al Ain) will play,” said Han Jun-hee, a commentator for Coupang Play. 무지개토토 주소
Of course, there are variables. They’ll have to overcome China’s trademark physicality and a baptism of boos from the home fans. They also need to be prepared for a spur-of-the-moment counterattack from No. 1 Wu Lei (Shanghai Shenhua). South Korea have a 21-win, 13-draw and two-loss record against China, but they also have painful memories of a 0-1 shock defeat away from home in the sixth round of the 2017 Russia 2018 World Cup final qualifiers.