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Verbeek tells Lee to shut up

17 July 2007 10:54

JAKARTA (AFP) - South Korea's Dutch coach Pim Verbeek hit back at rebel Lee Dong-guk on Tuesday after the Middlesbrough striker slammed his bosses tactics in the 2-1 defeat to Bahrain.

Verbeek's team sit bottom of group D and have to beat Indonesia in their final group match on Wednesday to stand any chance of making the quarter-finals.

They have only one point after blowing leads in their first two matches to end with a draw against Saudi Arabia and a shock defeat to tiny Bahrain.

After that game, Lee said he felt his coach got his tactics wrong by playing a lone targetman with wingers on either flank, saying that the team will never score enough goals without playing a second striker.

But Verbeek has told Lee to concentrate on his own job.

"As far as I am concerned we play with three attackers," said the 51-year-old.

"Lee hasn't played for a long time and for more than one year he hasn't played a full 90 minutes.

"He should focus on his own performance first before thinking about the tactics.

"The way we play we played some very nice games. We beat Iraq 3-0, we beat Uzbekistan and we created many chances against Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. So I am not worried about the system at all."

Lee only came on as a substitute against the Saudis but started the match against Bahrain as Verbeek made six changes to the team.

Yet despite the changes, Lee moaned: "The Bahrain players already knew our tactics and attacking patterns. Our attack was focused only one way, using the wingers.

"Coach ordered me to just stay in the box, so I didn't have the chance to touch the ball in midfield.

"If we need two more goals against Indonesia then we have to reconsider our attack plan.

"Really big teams can keep a one-goal lead, but we couldn't. Maybe the inexperience of our young players was a problem too."

Verbeek, though, is confident his team will rise to the challenge and get the result they need against Indonesia on Wednesday to put them in a position to qualify -- as long as the other match does not end in a draw, which would eliminate the Koreans.

"I think it will be a great game. Every coach and player is looking for challenges and this game will be a big challenge," he said.

"Firstly because we are playing against the home team, there will be 90,000 fans in the stadium and we have to win by a minimum of two goals.

"If that's not a challenge then there are no more challenges in the world."

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Competition
Asian Cup
Date
15 July 2007
Kick-off
14:35
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1

Goals

0 - 1
Salman Isa 43'  
1 - 1
2 - 1

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Tuesday 28 April

21:51
21:06
19:07
18:30
18:06
17:26
17:21
17:19
16:29
15:56
15:50
14:22
13:08
12:55
12:11
11:20
10:58
10:28
10:05
09:32
06:57
06:45
06:15
05:29
03:57
03:56
03:35
02:56
02:23
02:14

Monday 27 April

23:24
22:48
22:43
21:54
21:28
21:20
19:44
19:18
18:29
18:08
17:25
17:14
17:12
16:39
16:36
16:25
16:25
16:17
15:42
14:46
14:31
14:31
14:21
13:49
13:20
13:19
12:35
12:33
12:01
11:38
11:06
10:31
09:17
09:08
09:01
07:55
07:51
07:47
05:57
05:28
04:54
04:10
03:08
01:34
00:46

Sunday 26 April

23:57
23:57
23:41
23:35
23:14
23:06
22:58
22:57
22:32
21:48
21:41
20:58
20:55
20:49
20:20
20:01
19:58
19:52
19:43
19:30
19:08
18:56
17:43
17:27
17:09
17:05
16:23
15:40
15:28
14:40
14:26
13:59
13:24
13:24
13:21
13:13
12:47
11:59
11:12
10:49
10:49
09:53
07:09
05:50
05:48
04:00
03:05
02:36
00:39
00:12

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