Jurgen Klinsmann suffered a disappointing defeat against Uruguay, whom he met again four months after the World Cup in Qatar.
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Klinsman, lost 1-2 in an A-match evaluation match against Uruguay (ranked 16th in the FIFA rankings) held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8:00 pm on the 28th. Klinsman’s debut game against Colombia on the 24th also drew 2-2, and Korea, which failed to win, finished their 2 A-matches in March with 1 draw and 1 loss.
On this day, coach Klinsman came out with a 4-2-3-1 formation. 스포츠토토Hwang Eui-jo (FC Seoul) stood at the top, Lee Jae-seong (Mainz), Son Heung-min (Tottenham), and Lee Kang-in (Mallorca) were placed in the second line. Hwang In-beom (Olympiacos) and Jung Woo-young (Alsad) formed a double volcanic force, and the four-back consisted of Lee Ki-je (Suwon Samsung), Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan), Kim Min-jae (Napoli), and Kim Tae-hwan (Ulsan). Goalkeeper Jo Hyun-woo started the game.
Against this, Uruguay put forward a 4-3-3 formation. Valverde (Real Madrid), Vecino (Lazio), and Coates (Sporting CP) were the starting pitchers.
After blocking Uruguay’s strong attack in the first half, Korea scored the first goal in the 10th minute. Valverde’s corner kick was finished by Coates with a free header. South Korea led the game after conceding a goal. In the 26th minute of the first half, Lee Kang-in’s left-footed shot was in front of the goalkeeper. In the 34th minute of the first half, Jung Woo-young suffered an injury and was replaced by Son Jun-ho (Shandong). Son Heung-min’s long-distance free kick in the 36th minute of the first half and Lee Ki-je’s left-footed shot in the 38th minute aimed at the Uruguayan goal, but missed.
Korea, which finished the first half 0-1, returned the game to square one at the beginning of the second half. Lee Gi-je, who caught the ball inside the box in the 6th minute of the second half, calmly gave it back with a cutback, and Hwang In-beom scored the equalizer with an accurate right-footed shot. But the momentum didn’t last long. In the 18th minute of the second half, Jo Hyun-woo blocked Piqueres’ free kick, but Besino lightly put the ball into the goal.
In the 25th minute of the second half, coach Klinsman changed the attacking line by putting in Oh Hyun-gyu (Celtic). In the 27th minute of the second half, Kim Young-kwon succeeded in a header goal from a corner kick, but the goal was canceled as it was ruled as a foul. In the 35th minute of the second half, Oh Hyeon-kyu succeeded in a fantastic right-footed turning shot, but this time it was ruled offside. Korea, which had the misfortune of canceling a goal twice, even put Cho Kyu-seong (Jeonbuk) into extra time in the second half, but failed to make up for one goal and lost 1-2.