TEAM KLEINSMANN’S FIRST WIN Paves the Way for the Next One
The South Korea national soccer team (ranked 27th in FIFA), led by Jürgen Klinsmann, lost 0-1 to Peru (ranked 21st in FIFA) in the June A match of the Hana Bank Invitational Friendly at Busan Asiad Stadium at 8 p.m. on Saturday. This brings South Korea’s record to one draw and two losses since Klinsmann’s appointment.
[Starting lineup] Lee Kang-in starts, Son Heung-min benched…’TEAM KLEINSMAN’ goes!
South Korea (4-4-2) : Kim Seung-kyu (GK) – Lee Ki-je, Park Ji-soo, Jung Seung-hyun, Ahn Hyun-beom – Lee Jae-sung, Won Doo-jae, Hwang In-beom, Lee Kang-in – Oh Hyun-gyu, Hwang Hee-chan
Peru (4-2-3-1) : Carlos Caseda (GK) – Miguel Tarauco, Miguel Araujo, Alexander Callens, Hilmar Lora – Pedro Aquino, Brian Reina – Josmar Yotun, Christopher Gonzalez, Edison Flores – Paulo Guerrero
Peru opened the scoring. In the fourth minute of the first half, Reina beat two men in the middle of the field and fired a left-footed shot over the bar. Peru continued to attack. In the fifth minute, after intercepting Ahn Hyun-beom’s mistake, Guerrero took a direct shot, but Kim Seung-gyu flew out to block it.
Peru had the first laugh. In the 11th minute, Peru played the ball from the left flank and spread the ball through the center to the right. After receiving a pass from Guerrero, Reina finished with a powerful left foot to take the lead. South Korea fought back. In the 15th minute, Lee Jae-sung slipped a pass into the space where Lee Ki-jae had risen. Lee Ki-jae’s cross came straight to Oh Hyun-gyu in the box, who rushed forward and shot but was blocked by the opposing defense.
Crisis awaited. In the 18th minute, Guerrero rushed onto a cross from the left by Reina and stretched out his foot, but his shot went wide of the goal. Korea swallowed their disappointment. In the 21st minute, Hwang Hee-chan received a clever pass from Lee Jae-sung, and after dribbling, he fired a shot that hit a defender. In the 27th minute, Lee Kang-in’s killer pass to Oh Hyun-kyu was too strong and couldn’t find the back of the net. 안전놀이터
South Korea hit the ground running. In the 34th minute, Hwang Hee-chan played a pass to Lee Kang-in on the left flank, who fired a powerful left-footed shot after a direct center break. However, goalkeeper Caseda was there to make the save.
Two minutes of first-half stoppage time were awarded. South Korea had a chance just before the end. Lee Kang-in came into the center from the right flank and combined with Hwang In-beom to win a free kick. Lee stepped up to take the kick, but his shot was deflected by the opposing defense. The first half ended with Peru leading 1-0.