Klinsmann secured his first win in six games with a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia
Klinsmann men beat Saudi Arabia for their first win in six matches.
South Korea’s national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0 in an exhibition match in Newcastle, England, today (Nov. 13), thanks to a 32nd-minute goal from Cho Kyu-sung.
Klinsmann stuck with Son Heung-min and Cho Kyu-sung in the midfield for the second time in as many games against Wales, with Hwang Hee-chan replacing Hong Hyun-seok, who returned home to join the Asian Games squad.
The Koreans pressured the Saudis from the start of the match. In the ninth minute, Son Heung-min’s low ball was met by Lee Ki-jae with a left-footed shot. The shot went wide of the left side of the goal.
After a brief lull in the Saudi attack midway through the first half, the Koreans changed the momentum in the 32nd minute with a header from Cho Kyu-sung. Hwang In-beom’s pass bounced high off the opposing defense, and Cho Kyu-sung, who didn’t miss the opportunity, rattled the net with his head, his first A-match goal in nearly 10 months since the World Cup in Qatar last November.
The national team was disappointed in the 36th minute when Son Heung-min was brought down by a tackle in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper, but no penalty was awarded.
The team brought on Hwang Eui-jo and Moon Sun-min in the second half in an attempt to shake up the offense, but no further goals were forthcoming, and Kim Seung-gyu’s saves secured the victory as the Saudis pushed hard.
It was Klinsmann’s first win in six matches. Klinsmann, who took over the reins of the South Korean national team in February this year, had failed to win any of his previous five matches. Klinsmann, who had been heavily criticized by soccer fans 먹튀검증토토사이트 for his handling of the foreign oil and tackling controversies, pulled himself out of the hole with today’s victory.