Tasnim – SEOUL, Former South Korea striker Park Ji-sung believes that they will qualify for the 2018 World Cup after defeating Iran and collecting a draw against Uzbekistan.
South Korea will play already-qualified Iran at home, Aug. 31, and an away match against Uzbekistan, Sept. 5.
The team currently ranks second with 13 points in Group A. For automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup, the team needs to have at least one win and one draw in its remaining matches.
“I think the fact that the Korean national football team has to play against strong teams is more positive for Korea. Players will have extra motivation and this will have a positive effect on them,” the former Manchester United forward told Korea Times.
“It is fortunate that the team plays Iran at home but we are not good against Uzbekistan in an away match. (Korea’s last win against Uzbekistan in an away match was in October, 1997.) I think Korea can make World Cup after defeating Iran at home and collecting a draw against Uzbekistan,” Park Ji-sung concluded.