Korea ‘not afraid of Kuwait’

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South coach Uli Stielike has acknowledged the importance of his side’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Kuwait on Thursday, with both sides currently unbeaten.

Neither side has conceded a goal thus far in their qualifying campaign, with South Korea having thrashed Laos 8-0 and beaten Lebanon 3-0, while Kuwait hammered Myanmar 9-0 and triumphed over Laos 2-0.

The winner of Thursday’s clash will gain a significant edge in the race to top Group G, and Stielike is well aware of the importance of the fixture.

“We will be fighting with the first place in the group at stake,” he told reporters at Incheon International Airport. “You could even say this match is worth six points. That’s how important this is.”

“Even though we won, it wasn’t an easy match for us,” he said. “We have to note that Kuwait also won a difficult road match against Lebanon. This one is going to be difficult for us again.”