Tottenham's Son breaks arm in Korea loss to Qatar

Tottenham's Son breaks arm in Korea loss to Qatar

Tottenham's Son breaks arm in Korea loss to Qatar

With one of their star men being substituted in the first-half through injury, South Korea went on to lose 3-2 to Qatar on Tuesday and are now facing an uphill struggle to automatically qualify for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Despite the defeat, South Korea remain second in their World Cup qualifying group, a point ahead of third-placed Uzbekistan with two games remaining.

"We're just holding on to second place, and the general feeling around the KFA is that even if we do qualify for the World Cup, we won't be so competitive if we play the way we have", Yonhap quoted an unnamed "high-ranking" Korean FA official as saying yesterday.

The Uruguayan's decision to quit after less than a year in charge took the Qatar Football Association by surprise and its president said he wanted to discuss the matter with the coach before accepting the resignation.

"We have to have a scan, it may be broken", he said.

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Doha will stage the 2022 World Cup, but its winning bid in 2010 has caused controversy amid accusations of corruption during the bidding process and the mistreatment of migrant workers building Qatar's stadiums and facilities.

The nation next play Iran on 31 August.

"I can't decide my position", Stielike said during the press conference after the match. Japan lie just one point ahead of both Saudi Arabia and Australia, their final two opponents in what is shaping up to be a blockbuster finish to Group B. The only positive Korea had from the match against Qatar was that Korea got out of playing scoreless matches in away games. Earlier in the day, Japan seemed to be cruising to victory in neutral Tehran after Yuya Osako's first-half goal, before the 164cm (5ft 4in) Mahdi Kamil poached the equaliser for Iraq on 73 minutes. South Korea's hopes to play at the quadrennial event for a ninth consecutive time will remain in limbo until the last of the group matches are played.

Only the top two from the two six-team groups automatically qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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