There was a friendly soccer/football match between Korea and Canada today (Nov. 11/ 20:00pm KST/4am MST/6am EST). The republic of Korea national soccer team, led by Uli Stielike, faced off Canada’s national soccer team led by Michael Findlay at Cheonan Stadium, South Korea. Korea won 2:0 with two goals in the first half. The first goal was scored by Kim Bo-kyung (10′), while the second goal was scored by Lee Jeong Hyeop (25′).
The friendly was scheduled in light of the 2018 World Cup qualification matches that will be played soon. Korea will be facing Uzbekistan in the Asia/Pacific division on November 15. Currently, Korea stands at third place in the table, with 2 wins 1 draw and 1 loss. The Uzbekistan game is a must win for Korea, as losing this match may increase the chances of missing out on the 2018 World Cup. Meanwhile, Canada’s team failed to advance to the next round of World Cup qualifiers in the North, Central America and Caribbean division, and is currently eliminated for 2018 World Cup contention. Canada will not participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
It was an interesting opportunity for the Korean and Canadian soccer team to face-off. The teams have only faced each other 4 times previously, and the teams’ records against each other now stands equal at 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses following the match today. It was surely an exciting event to see from a Korean- Canadian’s perspective. We hope that this leads to opportunities for more sporting events between the two nations.