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WC Qualification Asia

  • 6 September 2011
  • • 22:30
  • • Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Madīnat al-Kuwayt (Kuwait City)
  • Referee: M. Torki
  • • Attendance: 20000
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Fifa World Cup Qualifier Preview: Kuwait - South Korea

Fifa World Cup Qualifier Preview: Kuwait - South Korea

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The Taeguk Warriors thrashed Lebanon 6-0 in their 2014 World Cup qualifying opener, but now they head to the Peace and Friendship Stadium for a tricky test against Al-Azraq


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Kuwait (4-4-2): Al-Khaldi; Rashed, Awadh, Fadel, Al-Fadhel; Al-Amer, Al-Sheikh, Al-Misha'an, F. Al-Enezi; Al-Mutwa, Nasser.

Kuwait's Serbian boss Goran Tufegdzic was pleased with 80 minutes of his side's display against UAE, although a sloppy final 10 minutes had him concerned, after they almost let slip a 3-0 lead.

The team's star man, Bader Al-Mutwa, scored a stunning goal against UAE and will lead the attack again alongside Yousef Nasser. Saleh Al Sheikh may come in for a start after making a short cameo against the Emirati side.

South Korea (4-3-2-1): Jung SR; Cha DR, Lee JS, Hong JH, Hong Chul; Ki SY, Koo JC, Lee YR; Nam TH, Park CY; Ji DW.

Taeguk Warriors coach Cho Kwang-Rae told reporters this week he hadn't really had enough time to prepare his side for the Kuwait clash but said their 6-0 win over Lebanon was a useful practice.

Cho has also indicated he's likely to persist with the same line-up and the same tactics against Kuwait, despite the long journey. Busan I'Park forward Han Sang-Wook could be given an opportunity off the bench, should his side need a goal, while Lee Jae-Seong may get a chance to make his second national team appearance.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • These two nations last met at this very stadium in the 2006 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, with Korea winning 4-0. The result saw the visitors clinch World Cup qualification.
  • Kuwait haven't lost on home soil since September last year, when they went down 1-0 in Seoul to Iran in a friendly.
  • Despite bowing out of the 2011 Asian Cup without a point, Al-Azraq are considered one of the dark horses to do well in qualification, having won the 2010 Gulf Cup of Nations.
  • The west Asian side have taken on North Korea three times in the past 12 months, drawing with them twice and defeating them once.
  • Kuwait have reached the World Cup finals once, way back in 1982, when they claimed one point, with a 1-1 draw against Czechoslovakia.
  • South Korea, on the other hand, have qualified for the past seven World Cup finals.
  • The Taeguk Warriors were heavily beaten in their last away match, 3-0 to rivals Japan in August.
  • South Korea were runners-up at the 1980 Asian Cup held in Kuwait.
  • Korea skipper Park Chu-Young has happy memories at Kuwait City's Peace and Friendship Stadium, having made his second international appearance there and scoring his second international goal there, in the aforementioned 4-0 victory.

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