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South Korea cautious before the qualifier against Qatar

South Korea is aiming to win all the remaining games to take over the top place of the table from Iran.

With only three matches remaining, The Taegeuk Warriors are second in Group A in the final Asian qualifying round for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Currently, Uli Stielike and his team are second in the group with 13 points, trailing Iran by four points and sitting just one point above Uzbekistan.

South Korea are scheduled to play a friendly match against Iraq in the United Arab Emirates on June 8 prior to the game with Qatar.

Having spoken to reporters at Incheon Airport before departing for Dubai with his team on Saturday, captain Ki Sung-yueng seemed to be cautious about the game against Qatar.

“The Qatar (football team) is a low-ranking team but we can’t consider them an easy opponent. It’ll be a difficult match,” Ki said, as quoted by Yonhap News.

In addition, the English Premier League midfielder said his team needed a win this time to raise their hopes in the remaining campaign, as South Korea has lacked an away victory.

“The chances of winning are still enough. If we enjoy the game instead of being pressured by it, I think it will lead to good results,” he added.