South Korea head into their second group game against Kyrgyzstan knowing that a win could book a place in the knockout stages with a game in hand. Here is our preview and prediction for this AFC Asian Cup Group Game;
South Korea v Kyrgyzstan – Preview & Prediction
Who: South Korea vs. Kyrgyzstan
When: Friday January 11th at 8pm (Local Time) / Saturday 1pm (Korea Time)
Where: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain
South Korea narrowly edged out the Philippines in their opening group game 1-0. However they were expected to win more comfortably. The defence performed well, but up front they were lacking a little cutting edge, and they’ll still be without Son Heung-Min and now Ki Sung-Yong for this game. Others will need to step forward and convert chances in this game.
Kyrgyzstan were a little unlucky to lose against a strong China PR side the other 2-1, and showcased some dangerous attacking plays. Akhlidin Israilov scored their only goal, and the Indonesia based midfielder is one of their key players.
This is the first ever meeting between South Korea and Kyrgyzstan.
Overall this once again won’t be an easy game for South Korea, however I feel they’ll have learn lessons from their opening game and will score more this time. Kyrgyzstan could get a goal to make things interesting but in the end I see South Korea winning this one.
South Korea 4-1 Kyrgyzstan
Just quickly here is the South Korea squad for the AFC Asian Cup;
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