Asia’s Cup hopes increasingly rest on South Korea

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — The 4 Asian teams are carrying a gloomy World Cup in terms of a win-loss ledger, and things will usually get worse if South Korea doesn’t kick Algeria on Sunday.

So far, Australia is out of row after dual matches, while Japan and Iran are unresolved on by a thread.

South Korea needs to bank limit foe points opposite Algeria forward of a final Group H compare opposite Belgium, that could settle that teams advance.

“We need a points, so a diversion with Algeria is unequivocally important,” manager Hong Myung-bo said. “What we can contend is that we are going to play to win. We have to win to pass out of a group.”

South Korea, that reached a second turn in South Africa 4 years ago in a best World Cup opening given a run to a semifinals when it co-hosted a contest in 2002, usually managed a 1-1 pull in a opener opposite Russia. The Koreans looked marginally a improved side in what was a scrappy match, though a idea from surrogate Lee Keun-ho came from a goalkeeping blunder.

Asia nations get 4 involuntary spots during a World Cup though have struggled to unequivocally shine, with a difference of a conspicuous South Korean debate a dozen years ago.

Among a reasons for that is a comparatively tiny series of Asian players in a tip European leagues and a fact football didn’t settle mass interest in many countries opposite a continent until most after than Europe, South America and Africa.

And while a performances of some of a Asian teams have been heartening, a win mainstay was dull after a initial 10 days of a tournament.

Australia has played good opposite stronger opponents — and has contender for idea of a contest in Tim Cahill’s bombardment opposite a Netherlands — though has dual losses. Iran had a 0-0 pull with Nigeria though managed to reason and spasmodic bluster Argentina for 90 minutes, usually to remove 1-0 to a shining injury- time idea by Lionel Messi.

Japan, that came into a foe confidently, surrendered a lead before losing 2-1 to a Ivory Coast 2-1 and afterwards was hold 0-0 by 10-man Greece.

“Up until now Asian teams haven’t had a unequivocally good record,” Hong said. “I don’t know if Asian football has got worse or other teams have progressed more. we wish that Asian football will continue to work and be means to swell some-more in a future.”

To get a outcome opposite Algeria, that mislaid 2-1 to Belgium, Hong will have to find a approach to get some-more out of his aggressive lineup. One square of good news is that striker Lee Chung-young has been announced fit after picking adult an damage in a opener.

Hong pronounced he approaching Algeria to play a some-more aggressive diversion than it did opposite Belgium, and he wanted his Korean patrol to make some-more of a chances.

“We are going to have to play a opposite diversion compared to a Russian match,” he said. “There will be opportunities to score, either we take advantage of those will be pivotal to winning a match.”

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