Cymru vs. Korea Republic | 2024 A Internationals – EQ Friendlies – Fixtures


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      1. Cymru manager Rob Page also addressed the media this evening and highlighted the improved defensive performance of his side.

        “There’s been a lot said since the last camp and you saw the reaction of the players tonight against a top team. I was proud of our defending, that’s our identity. We didn’t reach those standards in June and that’s what disappointed me. We defended the box really well and they stuck to the game plan tonight. Their application throughout the week, I can’t fault them, and we’ll take lots of positives from the game.

        “Everyone is entitled to their opinions. Its not a problem for me and I don’t lose focus because of it. We have to be patient as we’re in a time of transition. We have players who have been in pressurised situations before and we’ve built-up our confidence. It’s all about the win on Monday now. We’ve had a positive reaction and we have to follow that up.”

      2. Korea Republic manager Jürgen Klinsmann spoke to the media following the 0-0 draw against Cymru on Thursday evening.

        “It was an open match but both sides played in a very disciplined way. We had difficulties breaking through their back five. They defended really well and Wales always create chances when they have their target players up-front. I wish the Welsh team all the best for their trip to Latvia and thank them for this match.

        “Every match helps us to grow and it will take time. This team has changed a lot since my first camp in March and we want to see development and to see this team grow. The Welsh team was very tough to beat and it’s a growing process, and we keep growing game by game.”

      3. Full-time verdict: No goals between Cymru and Korea Republic but a decent test for Rob Page and his squad, and it was the home side that had the best chances to win it. Only the post denied Kieffer Moore from scoring what would have been the only goal of the game as attentions now turn to Monday and the challenge of Latvia in EURO qualifying.

      4. Connor Roberts tests the Korea Republic defence as Cymru look for a winner.

      5. Substitution


      6. Substitution


      7. A crowd of 13,668 in attendance at the Cardiff City Stadium this evening. Diolch.

      8. Neco Williams challenges for the ball.

      9. The second cooling break of the game and it’s Brooks who enters the field for the restart as he replaces Broadhead. The red wall rise to welcome one of their favourites onto the field.

      10. Substitution

        UIJO HWANG replaces GUESUNG CHO

      11. Substitution

        BROOKS David replaces BROADHEAD Nathan Paul

      12. Another decent opportunity for Cymru but Rodon’s header from a corner is saved by Kim. The home side are enjoying a good spell and need to make the most of it.

      13. Cymru manager Rob Page.

      14. A huge chance for Cymru as Moore’s header rebounds off the post but Ramsey is unable to convert from close range.

      15. A host of changes as Sheehan, Burns and Ramsey enter the field for Cymru. Korea Republic also make a double change with both teams looking to open the scoring.

      16. Substitution


      17. Substitution


      18. Substitution

        SHEEHAN Joshua Luke replaces JAMES Jordan Anthony

      19. Substitution

        BURNS Wesley replaces WILLIAMS Neco

      20. Substitution

        RAMSEY Aaron James replaces WILSON Harry

      21. Great support for the visitors at Cardiff City Stadium tonight while the red wall have also been in good voice.

      22. Son tries his luck from range but his effort clears Ward’s crossbar. The best chance of the 2nd half so far.

      23. Cymru defender Chris Mepham in possession.

      24. Substitution

        MORRELL Joseff replaces AMPADU Ethan

      25. Substitution

        MOORE Kieffer Roberto Francisco replaces JOHNSON Brennan

      26. A couple of changes for Cymru as Johnson and Ampadu are replaced by Moore and Morrell. Like-for-like positional changes while Korea Republic stick with their starting line-up.

      27. Half-time verdict: A game of few chances and very little between the two sides as it remains 0-0. Both managers will inevitably use the 2nd half to make changes and experiment with their respective squads, but will it lead to a goal?

      28. Ethan Ampadu plays the ball in midfield.

      29. Another effort from Wilson is saved by Kim in the Korea Republic goal. Both keepers have answered the questions asked of them as half-time approaches.

      30. First decent effort from Korea Republic as Son shoots from the edge of the area but Ward makes a comfortable save.

      31. Johnson is causing some increasing problems for the visitors as they struggle to control his pace in attack. The new Tottenham Hotspur signing as two international goals to his name.

      32. Harry Wilson takes on the Korea Republic defence.

      33. A cooling break as both teams head to the touchline and receive some tactical instruction from Page and Klinsmann respectively.

      34. Cymru captain Ben Davies leads out his side.

      35. Korea Republic enjoying their best spell of possession without really troubling the Cymru defence. Page will be pleased with how his side have performed so far at the midway point of the opening half.

      36. A decent chance for Cymru as Broadhead combines with Wilson but Kim makes the save to deny the home side from taking the lead. A positive start from Rob Page’s side which is appreciated by the crowd.

      37. The Cymru starting line-up.

      38. First corner of the game as Cymru look to test the Korea Republic defence for the first time, but Johnson and Broadhead both have efforts blocked. Not much to report from the early exchanges but Cymru are starting to take hold of the game.

      39. Kick-off is fast-approaching here at the Cardiff City Stadium for the first-ever meeting between Cymru and Korea Republic. Rob Page and his squad will then head to Latvia for what has now become a crucial EURO qualifier on Monday evening.

      40. Brennan Johnson makes his 21st Cymru appearance this evening and will take on his new Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Son Heung-min who captains Korea Republic.

        The visitors also include Kim Min-jae in their starting line-up. The defender recently moved to German giants Bayern Munich having won Serie A with Napoli last season.

      41. The teams are in as Cymru take on Korea Republic with Jordan James and Nathan Broadhead both making their first senior international starts.

      42. The match between Cymru and Korea Republic this evening will be used as a trial match for a new concussion substitute process defined by the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

        Should a concussion injury take place during the match, the player will be permanently substituted but it will be classed as an additional substitute/stoppage to the match rules of six substitutes within three stoppages for that team.

      43. Manager Rob Page will name his starting line-up to take on Korea Republic tonight with Monday’s EURO qualifier against Latvia in mind.

        Cymru have claimed four points from their opening four Group D matches, with the only victory coming against Latvia back in March. Kieffer Moore (below) and Joe Morrell will miss Monday’s match through suspension and are therefore expected to feature this evening.

      44. Cymru manager Rob Page spoke to the media on Wednesday as his side prepare to take on Korea Republic at the Cardiff City Stadium this evening, but emphasised the importance of Monday’s EURO qualifier against Latvia.

        “I’ve already got a plan in place, what players, what minutes they’ve played this season, who needs more minutes than others. There will be plenty of substitutions. There will be some at half-time, some at the hour mark. We’ll be trying to get those players off the pitch unscathed and getting them ready for Monday.”

        “It’s not just about winning games of football now, it’s about the bigger picture. Everybody wants to win games of football but they understand, the senior players, that we have to start introducing younger players.”

      45. Take a look back at previous Cymru match highlights on RedWall+, the FAW’s streaming service that also gives fans access to live football matches, exclusive documentaries, coaching masterclasses and much more.

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      46. Ethan Ampadu spoke to the media on Tuesday and reflected on recent results as he prepares to make his 45th international appearance against Korea Republic on Thursday.

        “Compared to the standards we have set, it was not us in those games. We all know we can perform much better than that. Whenever a camp doesn’t go as well as we would like, there’s always been a bit of pressure. You are aware of the outside and everything that comes with it.

        “Within ourselves and the squad, we all know what we have to do and we all know we can perform much better than that. Whether things have gone right or wrong, we’ve always tried to stick to our principles. That’s what has got the success we’ve had in the previous years.

        “It’s just the fact that in the last camp we didn’t perform to the way we usually do and the standards we have set. It’s about reminding ourselves of those standards and what has got us that success in the past. I’m sure that’s the baseline for us in these games coming up.”

      47. Neco Williams provided an honest assessment on his media rounds as Cymru prepare for an international challenge match against Korea Republic on Thursday and a European Qualifier against Latvia in Riga next Monday.

        “We’ve got to go into each game now with the mentality that we want the three points. We’ve got to fight so hard, like we always do.

        “The last two games we played it wasn’t us, it wasn’t Wales… We know we have to better.

        “We have got to draw a line under that and hopefully we can put it right, starting with the friendly on Thursday and then take it into the Latvia game.

        “Our main goal and focus is to go there [Latvia] and come away with three points.”

      48. This will be the first ever meeting between Cymru and Korea Republic when the two nations meet in Cardiff on Thursday evening. However, the visitors will bring with them some familiar names.

        Defender Kim Min-jae recently completed a move from Italian champions Napoli to Bayern Munich, while Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min will captain the side against his new club team-mate Brennan Johnson after the Cymru youngster completed his move from Nottingham Forest.

        Manager Jürgen Klinsmann is another familiar name after making over 100 appearances for Germany between 1987 and 1998 and he lifted the FIFA World Cup in 1990. The former striker also scored the winner for West Germany against Cymru in Cardiff back in October 1995 at the Arms Park.

        Kick off at the Cardiff City Stadium is at 7.45pm on Thursday and tickets can be bought here.

      49. Cymru captain Aaron Ramsey spoke to the media at the team base this morning and reiterated his support for manager Rob Page as the side go through a period of transition.

        “I think we are all behind the gaffer,” Ramsey said. “What he has done has been quite remarkable, coming in the circumstances that he did, getting to a European Championship and getting to the World Cup.

        “Now we are going through a transitional period, we have lost some big players and it was always going to be difficult. We have lost some staff as well. That has been a bit of a change. We’ve been in this position before.

        “We all know there’s a good group. There’s a lot of potential in this team, a lot of players playing at the highest level and exciting young talented players as well.

        “We’ll take it one game at a time now and hopefully we can get everybody right behind us and give us that extra bit so we can get back into that position we were in before where we’ve got a couple of games left with a chance of qualifying.”

        Click here to watch Aaron Ramsey’s press conference in full on RedWall+

      50. The Cymru squad began their preparations earlier today for the two upcoming fixtures against Korea Republic and Latvia.

        Since manager Rob Page announced his squad last week, Rabbi Matondo has been added to the list but defender Tom Lockyer has withdrawn due to injury. Meanwhile, Jack Lester has joined Page’s backroom staff as Assistant Coach following the departure of Eric Ramsey due to personal reasons.

        Cymru take on Korea Republic at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday, 7 September and tickets for the international challenge match are now on sale. Click here to buy tickets.

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