Klinsmann meets Saudi Arabia, slightly ahead of the odds of advancing to the quarterfinals, 52.7%

Son Heung-min of the Korean national soccer team speaks with Hwang Hee-chan after scoring a penalty kick in the 3rd match between Korea and Malaysia in the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup group stage held at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar on the 25th (local time).

Klinsmann, who advanced to the round of 16 after a poor performance, appears to have a slightly better chance of advancing to the quarterfinals than Saudi Arabia. After a poor performance, they tied with Malaysia, and their odds of winning only ranked 5th among the teams that advanced to the round of 16.

Korea, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, drew 3-3 in the final third match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Group E against Malaysia held at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar on the 25th (Korean time).

In the 21st minute of the first half, Korea’s Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) scored the first goal with a header, but lost the lead by conceding two goals at the start of the second half. Korea launched a counterattack and scored two goals in the last minute of the second half to bring the momentum back, but lost the victory by conceding a goal just before the end of the game.

Korea, which drew after two consecutive games, remained in second place in the group with one win and two draws (5 points). Korea will face Saudi Arabia (2 wins, 1 draw), first place in Group F, in the round of 16.

The round of 16 will be held at Education City Stadium at 1 a.m. on the 31st.

According to ‘Opta’, which specializes in European soccer statistics, Korea’s probability of beating Saudi Arabia and advancing to the quarterfinals was 52.7%, slightly ahead of Saudi Arabia (47.3%).

Currently, the FIFA rankings are different, with Korea ranked 23rd and Saudi Arabia ranked 56th, but Opta believes that Korea will struggle due to Korea’s recent unfavorable trend.

Saudi Arabia took first place in Group F of the group stage with 2 wins and 1 draw (7 points). Saudi Arabia, led by master coach Roberto Mancini, scored 4 goals and conceded only 1 goal in 3 games. On the other hand, Korea scored 8 goals in 3 games (1 win, 2 draws), but showed anxiety in defense by conceding 6 goals.

In the past, they have met 18 times and are in a tight battle with 5 wins, 8 draws and 5 losses.

In the most recent match, Klinsmann faced each other in Newcastle, England during a European expedition in September last year and won 1-0 with Cho Gyu-seong (Midtjylland)’s winning goal. The match against Saudi Arabia was coach Klinsmann’s first win in six games since taking office in February of last year.

Opta estimated Korea’s chance of advancing to the semifinals at 30.4%, chance of advancing to the finals at 20.6%, and chance of winning at 11%.

Japan had the highest probability of winning at 18.2%, followed by Qatar (16.8%), Australia (14.7%), Iran (12.2%), and Korea (11%). 토토사이트

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