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Australia vs South Korea International Friendly Preview and Team News - Socceroos face South Korea for the first time since 2015 Asian Cup final

Andrew Hendrie 12 Nov 2018
  • Australia and South Korea clash in an international friendly on Saturday night in Brisbane
  • Socceroos won their last meeting in the 2015 Asian Cup final
Socceroos face South Korea on Saturday night

Australia and South Korea clash in a rematch of the 2015 Asian Cup final when the two nations square off in an international friendly in Brisbane on Saturday night.

After easing past Kuwait 4-0 last month, a clash with Asian juggernauts South Korea looms as the perfect test for Graham Arnold and his Socceroos side as the team continue preparations for their upcoming Asian Cup title defence.

The two teams haven’t met since that glorious night at ANZ Stadium, when a James Troisi strike in extra-time sealed the Socceroos the Asian Cup silverware for the first time.

In just his second game in charge of the national team, Arnold will be determined to earn a win over a more-fancied opponent before the Asian Cup begins in January. Arnold has made his intentions clear in regards to the style of play he wants the Socceroos to perform under his tutelage.

“If I can sort of replicate it, and make it easier, I’d say a bit like Liverpool play and Paris Saint-Germain, with three No. 9s," he said.

“Three players with pace, three players that are good in a one-v-one action and players that can make a difference. Then with full-backs up high and giving us the width.

“It’s a modern day system and about numbers and getting players in the right areas to score goals.”

A season-ending ACL injury to Daniel Arzani is a big blow towards those plans, but Arnold is set to give a Socceroos debut to speedy Hibs winger Martin Boyle, who will set foot in Australia for the first time this week. Add in the electric pace of Matthew Leckie and Jamie Maclaren - and the muscular Andrew Nabbout - and Arnold has multiple options for his attacking third, in front of the skilful Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic.

Meanwhile, South Korea will be without their two biggest stars in Australia, with EPL duo Son Heung-min and Ki Sung-yeung both omitted from the squad.

South Korea are unbeaten since exiting the World Cup in the group stage (although they did stun reigning champions Germany 2-0), beating Costa Rica and Uruguay and drawing with Panama and Chile.

It’s a solid run of form that will certainly present the Socceroos with more than a few problems come Saturday night. Australia usually perform better at home against the bigger Asian sides, and with Arnold’s new philosophy, we can expect to see quite an open game. However, with South Korea missing their two best players, I’m leaning on the side of the Socceroos to get the job done in Brisbane.

Squads


Australia: Mustafa Amini, Aziz Behich, Martin Boyle, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Jackson Irvine, James Jeggo, Tomi Juric, Matthew Jurman, Robbie Kruse, Mitch Langerak, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Andrew Nabbout, Josh Risdon, Tom Rogic, Mathew Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Danny Vukovic

Train-on players: Thomas Deng, Craig Goodwin, Rhyan Grant, Dimi Petratos

South Korea: Kim Seung-gyu, Kim Jin-hyeon, Jo Hyeon-woo, Kim Young-gwon, Park Joo-ho, Lee Yong, Hong Chul, Kim Min-jae, Jung Seung-hyun, Kwon Kyung-won, Kim Moon-hwan, Park Ji-soo, Lee You-hyeon, Lee Chung-yong, Koo Ja-cheol, Nam Tae-hee, Jung Woo-young, Hwang Hee-chan, Moon Seon-min, Kim Seung-dae, Hwang In-beom, Lee Jin-hyun, Na Sang-ho, Kim Jung-min, Hwang Ui-jo, Suk Hyun-jun

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