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Victory against Portugal vital for South Korea

Victory against Portugal vital for South Korea

DOHA: South Korea come into their final World Cup group match on Friday (Dec 2) winless, however nonetheless have a mathematical shot of progressing to the knockout stage in the event that they beat Portugal.

Up towards a staff which is high of Group H, unbeaten and boasting two wins in as many video games, South Korea head coach Paulo Bento is properly conscious of the mountain his facet has to climb.

“We’ve an enormous challenge forward of us. And we’ve got to do it,” he mentioned at a pre-match press convention on Thursday.

This yr’s World Cup had began so promisingly for South Korea. They gained a creditable level of their opening sport towards Uruguay, who’re ranked 14th on the earth and have been semi-finalists in 2010 and quarter-finalists in 2018.

However Bento’s males crumbled towards Ghana, shedding the game and their composure as their opponents ran out 3-2 winners.

This left them third within the group with one level, they usually should beat an already-qualified Portugal to face any probability of creating it previous the group levels.

Ghana, with three factors, sit second within the group, whereas Uruguay are backside with one level with an inferior objective distinction to South Korea.

“We are going to attempt to play our greatest to satisfy the problem and we have to push to our limits and do our absolute best … in order that we are able to overcome such a fantastic nationwide staff,” mentioned Bento.

One potential increase for South Korea may very well be the truth that Cristiano Ronaldo’s availability for the sport just isn’t confirmed.

At a information convention additionally on Thursday, Portugal coach Fernando Santos mentioned it’s “50-50” whether or not Ronaldo will play.

“It should depend upon if and the way he practises immediately, if we see he’s in good situation … There’s a plan for if he isn’t accessible,” mentioned Santos.

Nevertheless it doesn’t imply it will likely be simple for South Korea, even when Portugal are by way of to the knockout stage.

“The Portuguese squad can line up in numerous methods, with completely different ways, you might have gamers who’re nice in all positions. After they make three or 4 replacements, they continue to be no less than on the identical stage,” mentioned Bento.

“Tomorrow they may play because the favourites and in a beneficial context as a result of they’ve already certified for the spherical of 16.”

Bento will probably be suspended for the sport after being despatched off within the aftermath of the nail-biting loss to Ghana, however he insisted that this may not have an effect on his staff.

“I am assured that the employees will do no matter is required,” mentioned Bento.

“Many selections which are taken in the course of the match, these choices are very often made by them, they counsel the replacements and the choices. They’ll do it by themselves this time … I belief them and I do not suppose this will probably be an issue.”

SINGAPORE: Classes and measures from the World Cup in Qatar will depart an irreversible mark on the way forward for the match, and on the operations of soccer governing physique FIFA, mentioned an observer.

As critics give attention to human rights points within the host nation, FIFA has nominally dedicated to factoring in a rustic’s human rights report in its choice course of for future editions of the competitors, which takes place as soon as each 4 years.

There may also be a extra open and clear technique of awarding internet hosting rights, with the choice made by a wider and extra consultant physique from the FIFA congress.

These are some adjustments highlighted by S Rajaratnam College of Worldwide Research adjunct senior fellow James Dorsey on Friday (Dec 2) on CNA’s Asia First.

The build-up to this yr’s match, the primary to be held within the Center East, was marred by controversy, with protests persevering with on and off the sphere even after the primary ball was kicked.

These embrace the German staff’s hand-over-mouth gesture over FIFA silencing their assist for lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, and the Iranian staff declining to sing their nationwide anthem in assist of anti-government protesters again dwelling.

“We have got to remember that, initially, Qatar is an autocracy. It isn’t a democracy. Demonstrations are banned in Qatar,” mentioned Dr Dorsey.

He added that whereas individuals carrying the rainbow colors of the LGBT motion have been requested to take away them, there have been only a few arrests.

“So by and huge, the Qataris have gone fairly light-handed on every kind of infractions of Qatari legislation, however on the identical time they’ve been inclusive within the sense that LGBT followers are in Qatar, even when they can’t put on their colors,” he mentioned.