Thursday, 24 May, 2018

'Big crisis' leaves South Korea coach facing axe

Son Heung-min of South Korea dribbles past Mohammed Musa of Qatar during the teams&apos World Cup qualifying match at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha Qatar keep World Cup hopes alive
Lillian Steele | 15 June, 2017, 02:35

Son landed awkwardly on his arm during South Korea's 3-2 defeat to Qatar at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, and was visibly in pain before being replaced by Lee Keun-Ho, with the visitors trailing 1-0.

As hosts of the 2022 World Cup finals, the Qataris were desperate to qualify for next year's tournament in Russian Federation but have managed just two wins and a draw in eight matches in the third round of Asian qualifying.

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic, meanwhile, was facing a performance review yesterday after a 1-1 draw with Iraq set back his team's qualifying campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur and South Korea forward Son Heung-min broke his right arm during his nation's World Cup qualifying defeat by Qatar in Doha yesterday, Yonhap News Agency reported. The KFA has scheduled a meeting of its technical committee on Thursday. Then Qatar's Hassan Al Haydos broke the deadlock with his second goal of the game in the 74th minute.

"I take full responsibility for this result", said Stielike after the game.

Later, the Qatari coach defended his players and stated, "I don't see something that can receive a punishment as it is a t-shirt with a picture of the Emir", he said.

Asked if he would consider his position, the German said it was not up to him.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino said this week that the governing body does "not interfere in geopolitics" and gave his support for the 2022 World Cup tournament going ahead in Qatar.

Korean newspapers called for Steilike to go. "Because we have two more matches remaining in the final qualification, it's not over yet". Japan lie just one point ahead of both Saudi Arabia and Australia, their final two opponents in what is shaping up to be a blockbuster finish to Group B.

He has also scored 17 goals in 54 matches for South Korea, who face a scrap to qualify automatically from Group A for next year's World Cup. But Salih, who had complained bitterly that China's penalty was soft, stepped up in injury time to place his free kick past goalkeeper Zeng Cheng and earn a point for Syria.

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