South Korea has secured an early spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup by defeating Syria in the ongoing qualification phase.
South Korean players Kim Jin-su and Kwon Chang-hoon in the final Asian qualifying round held in Dubai on Tuesday (local time), for the World Cup had a goal apiece to push South Korea past Syria 2-0 in Group A action.
The victory thus assured the country of at least the second seed and thus one of two automatic spots out of Group A. In the final round there are two groups of six, and the top two nations from each directly qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, while the two third-place teams will compete in a final playoff.
Out of Group A Iran became the first team to clinch a spot by beating Iraq 1-0 last Thursday.
South Korea will be making their 10th consecutive appearance at the World Cup in November, and their 11th overall.
The teams at halftime were scoreless, with Syria threatening to take the lead on a couple of occasions.
South Korea was able to take a breather in the 10th minute when Omar Khribin’s header, set up by Mahmoud Al-Mawas’s free kick, and was wiped out on an offside call.
South Korean left back Kim Jin-su about four minutes later took a shot from a tough angle that hit the left side of the net.
in the 70th minute, Syria wasted a chance to level the score when Kamel Hmeisheh despite having a great look at the net down the right side of the box decided to cross the ball to the middle.
And South Korean Kwon Chang-hoon, who was brought in off the bench to begin the second half, doubled the lead with a great individual effort. He secured the ball on the right side, cut to the middle and fired a left-footed shot into the short side.