South Korea international break


International football returned for Paulo Bento's men as they travelled to face Mexico followed by a match with the Asian Cup champions Qatar. For many, this is not a time for international friendlies thousands of miles away but at least this gave Korea a chance to give some big names a run out for the first time in nearly a year. 

Too much Covid

As Covid is starting to get under control in Korea the national side headed across to Austria to take part in a doubleheader of international friendlies. The merits of playing these matches can be debated but whatever you feel these matches did take place. 

After the decision was made for the games to happen it was almost inevitable that we would have some Covid action. That is then exactly what did happen as four players and one staff member tested positive for Coronavirus as they prepared for the opening match with Mexico. 

The players where Lee Dong-jun, Kwon Chang-hoon, Hwang In-beom and Jo Hyeon-woo, although all players where asymptomatic this did result in players having to isolate in their rooms. After all the action off the pitch, the rest of the team were tested again, and after receiving negative results they went on to play Mexico last weekend. 

Despite the empty ground and a pandemic happening across the world the match between Mexico and Korea turned out to be an entertaining affair. This was seen as the North Americans walked away with a 3-2 victory against a strong Korean side despite the Covid call-offs. 

After all, it was a match that started well for Korea as the Bordeaux attacker Hwang Ui-Jo scored with the assist coming from Tottenham main man Son Heung-Min. The goal was not to be enough though as Mexico scored three before a last-minute consolation from Jeonbuk man Kwon Kyung-Won. 

A win to end it 

After the defeat with Mexico next up was a match with Qatar also in Austira and this started very well as the Korean where ahead after 16 seconds thanks to a Hwang Hee-Chan goal. Although it did not last long as Qatar where level within ten minutes as Almoez Ali the goal machine from the Asian Cup scored for his country.

Hwang Ui-jo made it two in two for his country before half-time, cancelling out Ali striker. He will be hoping that these goals help kick start his season as he searches for his first goal of the season still with Bordeaux. 

The second half did not see so much action as a host of players got experience with six substitutions made. 

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