With South Korea’s Loss, Asia out of World Cup

Associated Press

With South Korea’s 1-0 detriment to Belgium Thursday, a final Asian group bent out of a World Cup — withdrawal a continent though any member in a knockout stages.

The outcome caps a gloomy debate for South Korea, Japan, Australia and Iran, a continent’s 4 member in Brazil.

The stats columns positively didn’t yield enlivening reading: Games Played — 12; Wins — 0; Draws — 3; Losses — 9.

South Korea has been to 9 World Cups, some-more than any other Asian team, and is regarded as one of a dual flagship member of a Far East. But it has regressed extremely given reaching a semifinals when it co-hosted a 2002 contest with Japan.

The Japanese also reached a second turn in ’02, Australia reached a second turn in 2006 — after subordinate by Oceania and before switching to a Asian connection — and Japan and South Korea both modernized to a knockout rounds in 2010.

South Korea manager Hong Myung-bo, who was captain in 2002 when a group done a run to a semifinals, thinks Asian football is going by a “transition period” with particular players improving drastically though inhabitant teams not nonetheless enjoying a results.

“I consider that any group played in opposite styles though altogether there were a lot of deficiencies in a Asian teams,” he pronounced by a translator. “We weren’t adult to a customary … we weren’t good enough.”

Aside from a conspicuous South Korean debate a dozen years ago, Asian teams have not gifted most success on a universe stage.

A comparatively tiny series of Asian players are in a tip European leagues and a foe didn’t settle mass interest opposite a continent until most after than Europe, South America and Africa.

The miss of high-level foe between them has also contributed to a teams’ FIFA rankings carrying usually forsaken in a final year.

Asia’s tip ranked group forward of a contest was Iran, during No. 43 — frequency considerable in a contest comprising 32 teams.

Australia was a lowest-ranked group in a tournament, during No. 62.

While some of a performances were encouraging, a sheer existence is not one of a Asian teams could conduct a win. Japan and South Korea entered a contest as clever contenders to swell from their groups, and to during slightest repeat their runs to a second turn from 2010, though didn’t furnish a peculiarity games indispensable during a top level.

By contrast, 3 of a 4 qualifiers from North and Central America modernized to a second theatre and, for a initial time, dual African teams reached a knockout stages.

Australia had some good moments opposite some stronger opponents though eventually mislaid all 3 games to Chile, a Netherlands and Spain. Iran had a 0-0 pull with Nigeria and managed to reason and spasmodic bluster Argentina for 90 minutes, usually to remove 1-0 to an injury-time idea by Lionel Messi. The Iranians, heavily criticized for a defensive system, afterwards forsaken their final diversion 3-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Japan mislaid 2-1 to a Ivory Coast, after holding a first-half lead, and afterwards was hold 0-0 by 10-man Greece before being broken 4-1 by Columbia. Japan and Iran are already looking for new coaches.

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