Both South Korea and Jordan are mentally prepared for their Asian Cup semi-final clash to potentially go the distance, including extra time and penalties, according to the coaches of the respective teams. This sentiment comes after the teams played out an intense 2-2 draw in the group stage.
While Jordan’s path to the semi-finals included victories over Iraq and Tajikistan within regular time, South Korea faced tough battles against Asian powerhouses Saudi Arabia and Australia. South Korea required a penalty shootout to overcome Saudi Arabia and forced extra time against Australia in the quarter-finals, resulting in 120-minute matches on both occasions.
South Korea’s coach, Juergen Klinsmann, emphasized his team’s readiness to endure a prolonged match, highlighting their preparation both physically and mentally. He praised the team’s resilience and emphasized the importance of maintaining a strong spirit throughout the tournament.
On the other hand, Jordan’s coach, Hussein Ammouta, acknowledged South Korea’s strength and adaptability, especially in handling extended playing time. Despite South Korea’s fatigue from two consecutive 120-minute matches, Ammouta expressed confidence in their ability to recover quickly and perform well in the semi-final.
While Jordan is playing in their first-ever Asian Cup semi-final, South Korea is aiming to break a 64-year trophy drought in the tournament. Klinsmann advised his players to stay relaxed and focused, emphasizing their motivation and positivity as they strive to reach the final.
As the semi-final showdown approaches, both teams are gearing up for a challenging yet exciting encounter, with the potential for an extended battle to determine who will advance to the final stage of the tournament.