‘No tactics, no win’ Klinsmann’s only effective shot…BBC “Son Heung-min and Hwang In-beom’s long-range shots were everything”
No tactics, no victory. Klinsmann’s men put in another lackluster performance, managing just one shot on target in the entire 90 minutes.
The South Korea men’s national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, drew 0-0 with Wales in an exhibition match at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, England, on Aug. 8 (KST).
The result means Klinsmann’s quest for his first win will have to wait until another time. The national team hasn’t won a game since his appointment in March, drawing three and losing two in five matches. It’s the worst start for a foreign manager in South Korean soccer history.
South Korea brought out a 4-4-2 formation. Son Heung-min and Cho Kyu-sung partnered up front, while Lee Jae-sung, Park Yong-woo, Hwang In-beom, and Hong Hyun-seok formed the midfield. Lee Ki-je, Kim Min-jae, Jeong Seung-hyun, and Seol Young-woo formed the defense, with Kim Seung-kyu (goalkeeper) protecting the goal.카지노사이트
This was a true test for Klinsmann, who had struggled in the previous four matches, but had something to prove in March and June. In March, the opponents were Colombia and Uruguay, both South American powerhouses, and he hadn’t had time to get to know his players.
In June, he was not at his best either, as he failed to utilize Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae, the core of his offense. Son missed the Peru game due to the aftermath of sports hernia surgery and only came on as a substitute against El Salvador. Kim Min-jae was not with the team at all due to his basic military training schedule. That’s why even after watching Klinsmann’s frustrating performance, there was a little bit of ‘next time’ in the air.
However, the expectations were completely misplaced. South Korea looked like they were going to dominate the game based on possession, but in reality, they were just holding onto the ball – they had a lot of possession, but no real offensive work.
There was only one shot on target in the first half. In the 39th minute, captain Son Heung-min took a daring curling shot on goal, but the ball was caught in front of the keeper. Aside from that, the first 45 minutes of the game were pretty uneventful.
The second half was not much different. The midfield was dropped and the attack relied on Son Heung-min’s individual skills. Instead, Wales’ intermittent counterattacks were far more threatening. A frustrated Klinsmann brought on European strikers such as Hwang Hee-chan, Hwang Eui-jo, and Yang Hyun-joon, but the team continued to play in a directionless manner.
In the end, Klinsmann’s side only managed to add Son Heung-min’s shot from outside the box in the 11th minute and Hwang In-beom’s long-range effort in the 14th minute. Korea’s record for the 90 minutes was a dismal 61% possession, four shots (including one blocked by the defense), one shot on target, and zero shots on goal. If it weren’t for the luck of Kiefer Moore’s header hitting the post in the 20th minute, South Korea would have lost the game.
It’s a frustrating result for an ‘all-time great’ team. The sheer number of European players – Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Jae-sung, Cho Kyu-sung, Oh Hyun-gyu, Hong Hyun-seok, Kim Min-jae, Hwang In-beom, Hwang Eui-jo, Kim Ji-soo, and Yang Hyun-joon – is enough to suggest that this is the golden age of Korean soccer. It is even more disappointing that most of the overseas players were in great form last weekend, including Son Heung-min who scored a hat-trick, Kim Min-jae who played full time, Hong Hyun-seok who scored multiple goals, and Hwang Hee-chan who scored his second goal of the season
The BBC also pointed out Klinsmann’s lackluster performance. “South Korea had more possession, but it was the home side Wales who had the better chances. Late substitute Moore’s shot hit the post,” adding that “the Welsh coach will have been encouraged by the threat they posed on the counter-attack.”
“Despite dominating possession, South Korea were limited to long-range efforts from captain Son Heung-min and Hwang In-beom,” the BBC added, “but it was Wales who looked the more likely to win this game.”
Wales have been a shaky team of late. They’ve only won one, drawn two, and lost two games this year, and the team atmosphere has been turbulent, with head coach Rob Page publicly declaring that he didn’t want to play South Korea. Nevertheless, Klinsmann’s side were unable to do anything with the ball against such an in-form Wales side.
South Korea will now travel to Newcastle, England, on Sept. 13 to face Saudi Arabia in their second September A match. With no clear tactics and no wins to show for it, it’s hard to see how Klinsmann can show a different side.