The keyword for the semifinals that will determine the fate of the finals is likely to be Jordan’s “Ace” Musa Altamari (Montpellier).
South Korea, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, will face Jordan in the semi-finals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Alayyan, Qatar, at 0 a.m. on the 7th (Korea time).토토사이트
Korea is ranked 23rd in the FIFA rankings, while Jordan is ranked 87th. Korea is leading in overall performance. Among the teams that advanced to the semifinals, Jordan is the lowest in FIFA ranking. It has no experience in winning an Asian Cup. It is also Korea’s first Asian Cup championship in the semifinals. Korea won the first Asian Cup in 1956 and the second Asian Cup in 1960. Jordan is aiming to win the title in Asia for the first time in 64 years.
Jordan exercised its team’s training in preparation for its showdown with South Korea in the semifinals on Tuesday. However, Altamari, a key member of the team, was absent. While other Jordan players were warming up after coming out to the training site amid chilly weather, it was reported that the team conducted individual training alone indoors. Recently, news spread that Altamari had an injury, but chances are that his condition has not increased 100 percent yet. As the team’s ace, it is one way to focus on recovery rather than forcefully conducting training sessions.
It seems important how much Altamari recovers his condition until the semifinal. Altamari is a key ace of Jordan. He is playing as a mainstay at Montpellier, a French league where Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) plays as a “golden talent.” He has surpassed prominent players as a right flanker, and has scored three goals and one assist in 16 games this season.
He scored two goals at this year’s Asian Cup. Altamari scored multiple goals against Malaysia, which was coached by Kim Pan-gon, in the first group match. He also played an active role in the second group match against Korea. At that time, Altamari could not accumulate attack points, but he constantly shook the sides and harassed Korea. Altamari managed two shots and three dribbles in the match against Korea. Footmob, a statistical media outlet, also gave Altamari a good rating of 7.5. As he is well aware of Altamari’s fear, caution should be paid to the semifinal match this time as well.
In particular, Korea’s “monster defender” Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) was suspended due to accumulated warnings. He cannot play in the match against Jordan in the semifinal. With his defense capability weakened, even Altamari could have a hard time if he recovers his condition 100 percent. France 24 also analyzed the Asian Cup semifinal matches and worried that “Korea’s key defender Kim Min-jae will be absent due to the suspension.”
The role of left-side defender who will take on the role of Altamari is also important. There are many options. Seol Young-woo (Ulsan HD) showed good performance in the tournament stage. He played as right fullback for Clinsman, but moved to the left depending on the situation of the team with many injuries. He received acceptance score by leading Korea to advance to the semifinals. However, Lee Ki-je (Suwon Samsung) and Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai), who had injuries, also recovered and are in training for the team. Manager Clinsman may come up with another option.
Since the group stage, Korea and Jordan have displayed impressive matches in the tournament. Korea has made two come-from-behind victories and made it to the semifinals. They scored dramatic equalizer in both the match against Saudi Arabia in the round of 16 and the match against Australia in the quarterfinals. In the round of 16, Cho Kyu-sung (Mit Whelan) scored an equalizer in the header at the 54th minute in the second half. Continuing the mood, Korea won the penalty shootout. In the quarterfinals, “captain” Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) scored a penalty kick at the 51st minute in the second half, and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) scored an equalizer. In the playoff, Son scored the final goal of the free kick.
Jordan defeated Iraq in the round of 16. It was a come-from-behind victory by scoring two goals in extra time in the second half alone. In the quarterfinals, the team silenced Tajikistan 1-0.