Son to face Sri Lanka; Korea & Lebanon announce squads

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification

South Korea and Lebanon have announced their 23 man squad to face Sri Lanka in the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualification matches scheduled to be played on 10th and 15th October respectfully.

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South Korea vs Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka has already arrived in South Korea to take on the Taegeuk Warriors on the 10th October at the Hwaseong StadiumHwaseong. Kickoff is scheduled at 4.30pm (SL Time).

The home team has named a very strong squad of 23 players including their skipper and Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung Min and Hwang Hee-chan of Red bull Salzburg who scored against Liverpool in the Champions League mid-week clash. 

Paulo Bento the Portugese head coach has given the first call up for the U20 FIFA World Cup runner-up defender Lee Jae-ik of Al Ain Club who played every game of the U20 World Cup.

Koreans will look for the game against Sri Lanka to improve their goal tally as well as give opportunities for the bench. They will not be taking the game lightly as this is only the second match in the campaign for the Koreans. In their first game they beat Turkmenistan 2-0.

South Korea Squad

GK: Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan), Joh Yeon Woo (COD FC), Gu Sung-Yun (Consadole Sapporo).

DF: Kim Young-Gwon (Gamba Osaka), Gim Min Jae (Beijing Guoan F.C.), Park Ji-soo (Guangzhou Ever Grande), Kwon Kyung-won (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Lee Jae-Ik (Al Rayyan), Hong Cheol (Suwon Samsung), Kim Jin Soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Gim Mun Hwan (Busan I-park)

MF: Jung Woo-young (Al Sad), Seung-ho Baek (SV Darmstadt), In Beom Hwang (Vancouver Whitecaps), Lee Kang-in (Valencia CF), Chang Hoon Kwon (SC Freiburg), Lee Jae-sung (Holstein Kill), Nam Tae-hee (Al Saad), Lee Dong-kyung (Ulsan Hyundai), Son heung Min (Tottenham), Hwang Hee-chan (Red bull Salzburg), Na Sang Ho (FC Tokyo)

FW: Shin- Wook Kim (Shanghai Line Art), Hwang Eui-Jo (Geelong Daeng Bordeaux)

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Sri Lanka vs Lebanon

Lebanon will be in the Island to take on Sri Lanka on the 15th of October at the Race Course International Stadium, with the game scheduled to kick off at 7.30pm local time.

Lebanon too has announced a full squad for the match as they will be looking to open their account of the campaign. 

In the first game they met North Korea in Pyongyang which they lost 2-0. They will be vary of the Lankans playing in home conditions and will be aware that the Koreans only managed to beat the islanders with a solitary goal.

The Lebanese will depend on their experienced front men Rabih Ataya and Hassan Maatouk to score goals and the inclusion of the Melki brothers who ply their trade outside of Lebanon gives much needed formidability in the middle. 

Lebanon Squad

GK: Mahdi Khalil (Ahed), Ali Daher (Shabab Al Sahel), Ahmad Taktouk (Nejmeh)

DF: Abdalah Aish (Nejmeh), Moataz Al Junaidi (Ansar), Hassan Cheaito – Shibriko (Ansar), Hussein El Zein (Ahed), Nour Mansour (Ahed), Alexander Michel Melki (Al Khor, Qatar), Mohamad Zein Tahan (Safa), Kassem Zein (Nejmeh).

MF: Yehya El-Hindi (Safa), Adnan Haidar (Ansar), Mohamad Haidar (Ahed), Nader Matar (Nejmeh), Felix Michel Melki (AIK, Sweden), Hussein Monzer (Ahed), Hussein Rizk (Shabab Al Sahel)

FW: Rabih Ataya (Ahed), Hilal El-Helwe (SV Meppen, Germany), Ahmad Hijazi (Ahed), Mohamad Kdouh (Bashundhara Kings, Bangladesh) , Hassan Maatouk (Ansar)

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