Draw vs. underdog Jordan learning experience for Korea: Sonny

Son Heung-min of Korea, center, celebrates after scoring against Jordan during the teams' Group E match at the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Jan. 20. Yonhap

In light of Korea’s 2-2 draw against the underdog Jordan on Saturday at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in Qatar, captain Son Heung-min acknowledged he wasn’t pleased with the team’s performance. But that doesn’t mean the match was all for naught.”As you can see in the Asian Cups, there is never an easy game. If you’re not ready mentally and physically, they can hurt you,” Son said in a scrum with English-speaking media at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha. “Today is another good example. As a player, as a team, we learned something from this game and luckily, it’s happened in the group stage. So we have to move on, and we have to be even stronger.”

Korea came into the Group E match ranked 23rd in the world, 64 spots above Jordan. Korea had also never lost to Jordan in five previous meetings.Son put Korea on the board with a ninth-minute penalty, but then Jordan grabbed the lead afterward thanks to an own goal by Korean midfielder Park Yong-woo and a go-ahead goal by Yazan Al-Naimat.It was Al-Naimat’s own goal early in second-half stoppage time that allowed Korea to salvage the draw.

Jordan remained atop Group E with four points, Korea also have four points but trail Jordan in goal difference, +4 to +2.Korea will close out the group stage against No. 130 Malaysia on Thursday, while Jordan will take on Bahrain the same day. If Korea and Jordan both win those matches without Korea overcoming the goal difference gap, then Korea will advance to the round of 16 as the runner-up in Group E.In that case, they will face the Group F winner, likely Saudi Arabia.However, if Korea can rout Malaysia and finish with a better goal 카지노사이트킹 difference than Jordan, Korea will face the Group D runner-up, which will likely be Japan.

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