There is a good prospect that the Korean national football team will reach the round of 16 with 2 wins and 1 draw in the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which starts in November this year.

ESPN, an American sports media, released a scenario that predicted the results of all matches from the group stage to the final of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar today (6th).

According to this, Korea in Group H beat Uruguay 1-0 in the first match, and Ghana in the second match also won 1-0, and it was expected that they would advance to the round of 16 early.

Regarding the match between Korea and Uruguay, ESPN said, "This World Cup may be the last for Son Heung-min, but it is a competition he plays when his skills are at their peak."

On the other hand, Uruguay devalued the team, saying, "The manager who was fired from the worst team in American Major League Soccer (Inter Miami) is in charge of the team."

He also emphasized the negative side, saying, "I conceded a lot of goals (22 goals, 1.2 goals per game) in the regional qualifiers, and I still rely on two 35-year-old strikers (Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani)."

The media expected Portugal to win 2-0 in the first leg between Portugal and Ghana, and Portugal to win 2-1 in the second leg between Portugal and Uruguay, respectively.

Therefore, when the second leg was over, Korea and Portugal had already secured their place to the round of 16 with two wins, and ESPN predicted that Korea and Portugal would draw 0-0 in the final third leg.

According to ESPN, in the round of 16, Brazil, 1st in Group G, will face South Korea, 2nd in Group H.

Brazil-France and England-Germany advance to the quarterfinals of this World Cup, and in the final, Brazil and England meet and Brazil is expected to win 1-0.

According to ESPN's forecast of the Asian countries' group stage, Qatar in Group A lost 3, and Iran in Group B was eliminated with 1 draw and 2 losses.

Saudi Arabia in Group C also predicted that they would pack their bags with three losses.

Japan, which was formed in Group E, which is called the 'Group of Death', lost 2-3 to Germany and beat Costa Rica 1-0, but lost to Spain 0-2, and was expected to be eliminated with 1 win and 2 losses.

ESPN predicts that the round of 16 will be held in addition to Korea-Brazil, Netherlands-USA, Argentina-France, Denmark-Poland, England-Senegal, Spain-Canada, Germany-Morocco, Portugal-Switzerland.

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