South Korea set a new clean sheet record
South Korea has set a new record when it comes to clean sheet when they beat Thailand 1-0 in a friendly match. This is now the eight matches in a row that South Korea has not conceded a goal and would want to continue it in their next game.
The previous record which stands at seven matches in a row was achieved twice in 1978 and 1989.
South Korea was due to play against Kuwait for their last Asian qualifiers match, but the game was cancelled because Kuwait has been suspended from all international competition.
South Korea were the bookies favourites with StanJames offering betting odds of just 1/5 on a South Korea victory.
Striker Suk Hyun-jun scored the only goal of the match in the 4th minute of the game. Koh Myong-jin found the striker with a precise pass and the latter fired a strong shot from outside the box. The Thailand’ goalkeeper did not stand a chance.
Thailand did have some chances to equalize. In the 20th minute, midfielder Kroekrit Thawikan missed an excellent opportunity when he received a precise cross from Adisak Kraisorn. Instead, it was South Korea that could have doubled the lead if only Lee Jeong-hyeop was more precise. Indeed, he headed Nam Tae-hee cross straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.
After the break, Thailand sent in some new players to try and change things up while South Korea changed their centre-back pairing. Thailand tried to equalize by playing long balls and focussing more on set-plays in order to make full use of their physical qualities. However, it was still South Korea that kept having the best opportunities.
Afterwards, it was the defence that took over and prevented Thailand from scoring, and close out the game at 1-0.
Indeed, this has become a frequent part of the South Korea games under Uli Stielike. In the last eight games, South Korea has scored 26 goals.