By Choi Yoon-jung Correspondent Ahn Hong-seok = Klinsmann’s men failed to break a five-match winless streak in their debut as they drew 0-0 with Wales in an exhibition match.
The South Korea men’s national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann (GER), drew 0-0 with Wales in an exhibition match at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on Monday (June 8).
The result brings Klinsmann’s career record to three draws and two losses without a win.
Since Klinsmann took over, South Korea has failed to win against Colombia (2-2) and Uruguay (1-2) in March A matches, while losing to Peru (0-1) and drawing with El Salvador (1-1) in June A matches.
Klinsmann is the first manager to go five games without a win since the KFA introduced a full-time A team manager in 1992.
Previously, Gus Hiddink won after four games and Hong Myung-bo and Shin Tae-yong won after five.
South Korea is ranked 28th in the FIFA rankings, while Wales is 35th.
South Korea travels to Newcastle, England, to take on Saudi Arabia (54th) at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 13 in search of their first win. The Saudis recently named former Italy national team coach Roberto Mancini as their head coach.
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Lee Jae-sung competing with Kiefer Moore for the job.
토토사이트Klinsmann, in charge of his first away trial, brought out the ‘nails’ tactic that Tottenham had so much fun with against Burnley last weekend.
Son Heung-min, who scored a hat-trick against Burnley, and Cho Kyu-sung (Mitwillan) started up front, with Lee Jae-sung (Mainz) and Hong Hyun-seok (Hent) on the left and right wings.
Hong Hyun-seok, who first earned a call-up to the national team at the A-Match in July and was a substitute in both matches, made his first career start in an A-Match.
The midfield was anchored by Park Yong-woo (Al Ain) and Hwang In-beom (Zvezda).
The back line was composed of Lee Ki-je (Suwon), Kim Min-jae (Munich), Jung Seung-hyun, and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) from left to right, while Kim Seung-kyu (Al-Shabaab) wore the goalkeeping gloves.
For Wales, Son’s teammate Brennan Johnson played alongside Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich Town) in a two-man defense.
Tottenham center back Ben Davies wore the captain’s armband in the final defense.
Kim Min-jae competes.
South Korea hadn’t created much of a chance until the 13th minute when Broadhead broke through, but Kim Seung-gyu saved the day.
South Korea’s defense did nothing to stop the ball from being played to Broadhead in the midfield.
In the 19th minute, Son Heung-min registered Korea’s first shot on goal from outside the penalty area, but it was met by the defense.
Unable to penetrate the Welsh defense, South Korea threatened on several occasions in the final minutes of the first half.
In the 37th minute, Lee Ki-Jeh’s sharp cross from the left was unable to reach the head or feet of Cho Kyu-Sung and Hong Hyun-Seok, who were rushing into the box.
In the 40th minute, Son Heung-min’s right-footed curling shot from the left side of the penalty area was saved by goalkeeper Danny Ward.
South Korea made a change 16 minutes into the second half, taking off Hwang In-beom and Hong Hyun-seok and bringing on Lee Sun-min (Gwangju) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton).
However, the flow of the game didn’t change much after that, and a dangerous moment came midway through the second half.
In the 20th minute, Chris Mepham’s cross from the right was met by a header from Keeper Moore that hit the right post.
A minute later, Broadhead’s low, mid-range shot caught the defense off guard and grazed the left side of the goal.
South Korea’s deficit continued to grow after several late substitutions. Hwang Eui-jo (Norwich) came on for Cho Kyu-sung in the 29th minute and Yang Hyun-joon (Celtic) and Lee Dong-kyung (Ulsan) for Lee Jae-sung and Park Yong-woo in the 39th minute.
South Korea recorded four shots on goal on the day (Wales 10). Three of those came from Son Heung-min.