Bento’s 500-back was easily broken… Iran is so strong as ‘Korea’s leading opponent in the quarterfinals.’
When head coach Paulo Bento led the Korean national soccer team, the keyword was “stubborn.”
With a four-back-based formation, Bento minimized the change in player appointment. When his performance was poor, he was criticized for being “obsessed,” but he did not break his soccer philosophy, which led to his achievement of reaching the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The evaluation of Bento has changed from “stubborn coach” to “selfish coach.”
It was the same in the United Arab Emirates, which broke up with the Korean national team and took the helm. Bento created the United Arab Emirates national team with a four-back build-up soccer just like in Korea. The UAE had a 4-1 victory over Costa Rica in September last year, and continued its strides by beating Nepal and Bahrain 4-0 and 2-0 in succession at the 2026 North-Central American World Cup.
That’s why the match against Iran was unusual in the third Group C match of the 2023 Asian Cup of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar held at Alaiyan Education City Stadium in Qatar on the 24th (Korea time).
Facing Iran as the favorite to win the title, Bento left behind the existing tactic of using four defenders and deployed five defenders. He intended to solidify his defense and aim for a goal through counterattack as if he were conscious of Iran’s strongest offensive power in Group C. As Bento stood up against strong teams including Portugal and Uruguay with his build-up soccer, the screening process on the day was special.
However, Bento’s drastic change did not work against Iran. Iran easily crushed the formation of dense defense led by Azmoun (AS Roma/Italy) and Taremi (FC Porto/Portugal) who are playing in Europe. Azmoun and Taremi showed perfect teamwork with two assists and two goals each.
On this day, Iran placed Medi Gayedi (Al-Itihad/Saudi Arabia) and Ali Golizadeh (Lech Poznan/Poland) on the left and right sides with Azmoun and Taremi on the front line. 랭크카지노주소
The weight of the midfield was considerable just as much as the offense. Veteran Saman Godos who took one of the two volanches played for Brentford in the English Premier League. He made his debut as a member of the Swedish national team before naturalizing to Iran in 2017. Said Ezzatolahi is a 190-centimeter-tall midfielder who is currently playing for Weile BK in the Danish Super League.
Based on its organizational power, Iran attempted 15 shots with a 60% share, and produced as many as four decisive opportunities, proving its level of power against the United Arab Emirates.
Iran created a threatening scene from the start of the match against the UAE, which deployed five players. The UAE’s defense managed to clear a sharp cutback that penetrated the right side. In the sixth minute of the first half, the team had a free kick opportunity to shoot a header. Three minutes later, UAE goalkeeper Khalid Aisa cut through passes that he put into the penalty box with quick judgment.
In the 17th minute of the first half, Iran had its first chance to score. A corner kick from the left side hit Azmoun’s head and slightly missed the post. It was a shot that would cool the UAE camp.
Iran’s attack with Azmoun and Taremi at the forefront was threatening. Early cross into the penalty box in the 23rd minute of the first half was connected to Taremi, who penetrated behind the defense. Taremi hit the foot and the goalkeeper connected the ball to an empty goal, but the UAE defense cleared it just before Azmoun caught it.