South Korea boss Choi Kang-Hee: We expected a harder match from Qatar

The Taeguk Warriors boss did not want to get carried away with their opening victory in Doha, but admitted three points on the road was huge
South Korea coach Choi Kang-Hee says it's too early to be making proclamations about 2014 World Cup qualification but admits he was delighted to claim three points after their 4-1 triumph away to Qatar on Friday.

The Taeguk Warriors got their final round qualifying campaign off to the perfect start against the Qataris, although Choi admitted he had expected more from the hosts.

“We expected a harder match especially because the weather was hot and we were playing away," Choi said.

"This caused us to be a little unbalanced in the beginning but we managed to make a good comeback in the second period and scored three goals.

“After Qatar took the lead, we tried to force more attacking players to go up towards the goal. We watched Qatar’s match against Lebanon and we expected them to give us a harder match.”

Choi added that it was too early to be talking about reaching Brazil but said that claiming three points on the road was very important.

"Just one game is finished. It's too early to say who will qualify to Brazil but I can say that home game will be very important to every team," he said.

Choi continued: "It's satisfying to get three points from a difficult away game. There were many problems like heat and jet-leg but training in Switzerland was helpful."

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