South Korea coach Stielike on the brink after Qatar defeat

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

Al Haydos' 25th-minute free-kick opened the scoring and Afif doubled Qatar's lead after 51 minutes, before Ki Sung-yueng's goal prompted a strong response.

Son's injury will also be a blow to South Korea, who sit in second place in their World Cup qualifying group on 13 points - seven behind leaders Iran and just one above third-placed Uzbekistan.

The top two teams from each of the two groups will advance directly to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Iran have secured their spot with 20 points.

Third place would secure a playoff against the similarly placed team in Asia's other qualifying group, with the victor of that tie going on to face the fourth placed team from Concacaf in an inter-confederation playoff for a berth in Russian Federation.

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While a few fans gathered at Incheon International Airport shouted words of encouragement, players for the most part hung their heads as they quietly took their exit.

South Korea, chasing their ninth consecutive World Cup appearance, will host Iran on August 31 and face Uzbekistan in Tashkent on September 5 to close out the qualifying stage.

South Korea's coach Uli Stielike reacts during their Asian Cup final soccer match against Australia at the Stadium Australia in Sydney January 31, 2015. The stated goal of the occasion is to review the most recent match, though Stielike's status is expected to dominate the agenda.

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

"I take full responsibility for this result", said Stielike, who admitted his job could be on the line after a stuttering campaign.

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