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Lebanon VS South Korea Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 27 Jan 2022

Lebanon VS South Korea Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 27 Jan 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualification action returns after a two-month hiatus as Lebanon host South Korea at the Saida International Stadium on Thursday. South Korea are placed second in the Group A standings with 14 points from six games and are the only unbeaten side alongside Iran at this stage in the qualifiers. Lebanon’s odds of qualifying for the World Cup finals are very low as they have just five points from their six qualifying games. The two sides met at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in September with the then hosts recording a 1-0 win in that reverse fixture. Korea head into the game having recorded huge wins in their friendly fixtures over Iceland and Moldova earlier this month. Meanwhile, this will be the first competitive game for the hosts since the FIFA Arab Cup in which they were eliminated in the group stage.

After scraping through round two of Asian World Cup Qualifying as one of the best runners-up, Lebanon have somewhat struggled in the third round, winning just one of their six games so far and earning five points. That lone victory came against Syria, with Mohamad Jalal Kdouh hitting a brace alongside a Hassan Ali Saad goal in a 3-2 win, but they have since suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Iran and United Arab Emirates. However, given the nature of the group, with two runaway sides, Lebanon’s hopes are far from lost, with third-placed UAE sitting just a point ahead, meaning an upturn in form could see them enter a playoff with a place at this year’s World Cup at stake.

Now on the back of an Arab Cup campaign that saw them exit the group after defeats to Egypt and Algeria and a win over Sudan, Ivan Hasek’s team will look to correct their form with what would be a surprise win to boost their claim for a spot in the top three of the qualifying group. They welcome a South Korea side in contrasting form, with the visitors sitting comfortably in the top two thanks to their strong start, earning 14 points from the opening six outings. In that time, the Tigers of Asia did not fall to a defeat, with draws against Iran and Iraq coming alongside four victories, seeing South Korea move closer to earning a 10th straight World Cup appearance.

After most recently thrashing Iraq 3-0, Paulo Bento’s side sit second with an eight-point lead over the United Arab Emirates, meaning they need just four points from the last four games to achieve guaranteed qualification, with that potentially coming sooner depending on how UAE fare against Syria on Thursday. With half an eye on this year’s global tournament, and on the back of two dominant showings against Iceland and Molova in friendlies this month, producing 5-1 and 4-0 wins respectively, the Tigers of Asia will look to put another notch in their wins column and take a huge step towards qualification.

Lebanon will be led by captain and star forward Hassan Maatouk, who has made a record of 97 appearances for the country and needs one goal to move clear as their all-time top scorer, currently sharing the top spot on 21 strikes. Elsewhere, midfielder Mohamad Haidar and centre-back Nour Mansour form an experienced spine, with the latter set to command the back four after missing out on their games in November. South Korea face the notable loss of star forward and captain Son Heung-min, who will miss this round of fixtures through injury, with the Tottenham Hotspur talisman having netted 30 goals in his 96 international caps, while Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Hwang Hee-chan is also ruled out.

In their absence, the likes of Bordeaux attacker Hwang Ui-jo, who boasts 14 goals for his nation, and Mainz 05’s Lee Jae-sung will be relied upon to drive the team forward. The defensive line is far more settled, however, with Lee Yong, Kim Min-jae, Kwon Kyung-won and Kim Jin-su all available to reform a solid back four.

Paulo Bento needs to be praised for his work done with the South Korean national team. The Tigers of Asia have been creating havoc wherever they have gone. They arrive in this meeting with four successive victories, including a 5-1 thumping of Iceland. Lebanon has historically not been able to tackle their challenge as four of their last five duels have finished in favour of the visitors.

While many questioned Paulo Bento’s decision to move to Asia, the critics have subsided in their opinion of late. South Korea are living up to the expectations and doing so in style. They have quietly gone on to complete their tasks in the world cup qualifiers and have given their rivals warning signals with their free-flowing football in international friendlies. Iceland was on the wrong side of a 5-1 drubbing earlier in January and the Tigers will have a similar aspiration for this meeting.

Ivan Hašek saw his charges finish second behind South Kore in Group H of the Second Stage. With the opposition quality improving, the Cedars have found going tough. They have lost four of their last five affairs in all competitions and need to arrest their decline. With time rolling down on captain and top appearance holder record, Hassan Maatouk, they owe it to each other for improved outings.

The Koreans are on a fast-track route to secure qualification for the big event in Qatar. Currently they are placed second in the table in Group A, with a lead of eight points over the third-placed team. With just four games remaining, they need to make sure that they end up with a top-two finish. Things are looking pretty good for them, especially considering their form. They have had one of the best defenses during these Qualifiers, and now they are also pitted against one of the weakest teams in the group.

Lebanon are on a long winless stretch of performances, and they have managed a single win all through this Third Round campaign. Note that this sole victory had come against the dead-last placed Syria. Going on, the Koreans also have a great h2h record against this rival over the years, and judging all these observations, expect a win for them this Thursday.

Lebanon lost 0-1 at home the last match-day in the Qualifiers, against UAE. They had also lost four of their past five overall fixtures, and they were winless in 19 of their past 25 matches. Note that they had also managed to score a total of just one goal from their previous four games. On the other hand, the Koreans are on a four-game winning streak, and they had won nine of their past eleven fixtures. Note that they had a combined scorecard of 12-1 from their last three games, and it’s been over three years since they have lost a competitive game.

Lebanon resume their World Cup qualifying campaign against South Korea and desperately need another win. Coming off the back of a three-game winless run in the World Cup qualifying games, Lebanon have a chance to salvage their campaign when they welcome South Korea to the Saida Municipal Stadium In Sidon this Thursday.

Lebanon find themselves in a somewhat tricky situation as they are one point behind the United Arab Emirates, who are occupying the playoffs qualification position and one point ahead of Iraq in fifth place. It is, therefore, safe to say that the fate of Lebanon rests in their hands as all they have to do is avoid losing their next four matches and hope that the United Arab Emirates drop points to give them a chance of qualifying through playoffs.

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