In what will be the first match between these two countries at the senior men’s level, Wales take on South Korea (officially known as the Korea Republic) on Thursday night in Cardiff.
This friendly should provide decent preparation for more difficult tests that lie ahead for Rob Page’s side as they seek qualification to their third consecutive Euros finals, and
Whilst the larger focus within the squad may be more on their qualifier in Latvia next week, this friendly is a good opportunity for some of Wales’ younger players to gain experience against high quality opposition.
A key player for the hosts could be Ipswich winger Nathan Broadhead – who has managed 3 goals and an assist in 5 games so far this season, along with scoring a late equaliser v Croatia on his international debut in March.
Wales sit 4th out of 5 in their qualification group with only 4 points from 4 played, so any confidence they can take from this game could be of huge benefit for their qualification chances.
Wales v South Korea
Cardiff City Stadium, Wales
19:45 S4C / BBC iPlayer / Viaplay Sports Online
(Maximum 10 games)
First meeting between teams at senior level
South Korea have had a tough start under former Germany and USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann who was appointed in February, with 0 wins out of 4 against multiple South American opponents earlier this year.
Whilst that form is troubling, the visitors do have plenty of pedigree – they reached the round of 16 at last year’s World Cup – and have quality players plying their trade in Europe’s biggest leagues.
Kim Min-Jae’s performances for Napoli and his country at centre back last season earned him a big money move to Bayern Munich and forwards Oh Hyeon-Gyu and Yang Hyun-jun each made moves to Scottish Champions Celtic this summer.
There’s clear talent and experience across both sides, meaning this could be a fairly balanced contest, but with Wales possibly set to make more changes ahead of their qualifiers, the visitors could have the edge.
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