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WC Qualification Asia

  • June 12, 2012
  • • 12:00
  • • Goyang Stadium, Goyang
  • Referee: M. Toma
  • • Attendance: 36756

South Korea - Lebanon Preview: Taeguk Warriors out to avenge November defeat to Cedars

South Korea - Lebanon Preview: Taeguk Warriors out to avenge November defeat to Cedars

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Choi Kang-Hee's side easily accounted for Qatar on the road on Sunday and will look to build on that win against the Cedars who beat them in third round qualifying



Jung SR
Choi HJ, Kwak TH, Lee JS, Park JH
Ki SY, Kim DH
Lee KH, Koo JC, Kim BK
Lee D

Al Samad
Al Saadi, Najjarin, Mohamad, Ismail
Chaito, Dakik
Zreik, Atwi, Maatouk

Taeguk Warriors boss Choi Kang-Hee won a lot of praise following his decision to substitute Koo Ja-Cheol for Kim Shin-Wook early in the second half against Qatar, before the team piled on three further goals to win 4-1. Koo and striker Lee Dong-Gook's combination play flattered to deceive, however Kim is unavailable for this game due to suspension, meaning Choi has a dilemma in attack, particularly with the maligned Park Chu-Young not in the squad. Choi may opt to draft Kim Jung-Woo into the side in place of Koo, while Kim Bo-Kyung continues to impress as Park Ji-Sung's successor.

Cedars coach Theo Bucker, who is already without key attacking duo Roda Antar and Mahmoud El Ali due to injury. has another problem with midfielder Haitham Faour likely to miss this game due to a virus. Hassan Chaito and Mohamed Shamas will battle it out to take his spot in the defensive midfield role alongside Hussein Dakik. Ali Al Saadi, who scored in the 1-1 draw with Uzbekistan, is likely to start again ahead of Ramez Dayoub following his error against Qatar.

  • The last time these two sides was in November, when Lebanon produced a shock 2-1 victory over the South Koreans in the third round of qualifying, putting the wheels in motion for Cho Kwang-Rae's sacking in December.
  • However, the last time these two sides met in South Korea, the Taeguk Warriors ran out 6-0 winners.
  • All four goals in Friday's 4-1 win over Qatar were scored by players from K-League club Ulsan Hyundai; Lee Keun-Ho (two, pictured), Kim Shin-Wook and Kwak Tae-Hwi.
  • Lebanon have failed to win one of their past six internationals. During that run, they've suffered four defeats.
  • The Cedars are the lowest ranked side remaining in World Cup contention in Asia, sitting 143rd in the world.
  • Lebanon rarely play international football outside West Asia, with their last match outside the region being the 6-0 loss to South Korea in September 2011.

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Players to watch

Bo-Kyung Kim

Position: Midfielder

Games: 2

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The successor of Park Ji-Sung made a great impact against Qatar, leading to coach Choi Kang-Hee claiming he is better than the Manchester United man at that age.

Abbas Ahmad Atwi

Position: Midfielder

Games: 4

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The talented attacker will act as the Cedars' playmaker, as they try to play a counterattacking based style in South Korea. The 32-year-old has plenty of ability and could make a key impact.

Editor's Prediction

The Taeguk Warriors will be full of confidence in Goyang after netting four goals away to Qatar, putting to bed fears they'd struggle in attack without Park Chu-Young. Lee Keun-Ho and Kim Bo-Kyung will be a handful for a Lebanon side, who appear out of their depth at this level without their leader Roda Antar.

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