Baptism of fire' does not quite cover it

  • Baptism of fire' does not quite cover it.Shin replaced the fired Maplestory Mesos Uli Stielike in July in the wake of shocking defeats to China and Qatar and while his side occupy Group A's second automatic qualification spot for the 2018 finals, there is no room for error.Unbeaten Iran (20 points) have already booked their ticket to Russia as group winners, while Korea (13) have Uzbekistan (12), who play China on Thursday, breathing down their neck a point behind in third.Victory over.

     


    Iran at Seoul World Cup Stadium would ensure the Koreans need only avoid defeat against the Uzbeks in Tashkent, should the White Wolves beat China, in their final qualifier to secure that second automatic berth.However, after four straight 1-0 defeats to the Iranians, South Korea will have their work cut out, and Shin is determined to get on the front foot early."

     

    We can't allow Iran to score first," Yonhap News quoted him as saying at a recent news conference.

     

    We have to get the opening goal, that way we don't have to worry about them trying to play mind games with us."It has been a rocky qualification campaign for the Koreans, who have been in something of a tailspin since reaching the Asian Cup final in 2015.Injuries to key players such as Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min and Swansea City's Ki Sung-yueng certainly took their toll, but as MS Mesos a whole, the side have looked disjointed and nervous since the start of the third qualifying round.