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Iran look to unleash the beast within to stop fluid Koreans

21 October 2016

The teams for the last four stage of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup are finally decided after a topsy-turvy round of league matches. Favourites India and Iran both finished second which led to having surprise toppers in their respective groups. Republic of Korea topped Group A while Thailand ascended to the summit of Group B.

With the semi-final line-up being clear now, we look at the first of the big clashes in this stage of the tournament between Republic of Korea and Iran:

Sizzling Koreans

Republic of Korea have been splendid in the tournament, making them the only unbeaten side so far. They have been very good in all aspects of the game with their never-say-die-spirit helping them to stunning come-from-behind wins over India and Bangladesh in the group stage.

The Koreans have been incisive raiders with Cheol Gyu Shin and Jang Kun Lee being the top raiders for them with 29 and 26 points respectively. As a team, they have amassed 145 raid points, second only to India. Defensively, they have garnered 63 points, tied third with Iran. Gyung Tae Kim with 14 and Yong Joo Ok with 11 have the highest tackle points among the Koreans.

They may not have players in the top five raiders and defenders in the tournament in terms of points, but collectively they are among the top three. This shows how well they are working as a unit and without a doubt, will be very tough to beat.

Iran looking to fire on all cylinders

Iran have looked very strong so far, the shock loss to Poland in their last group game notwithstanding. They looked to be playing well within themselves and have comfortably made it to the last four stage.

Iran’s strength in this tournament has been their intimidating defence. Seeing the likes of Fazel Atrachali, Soleiman Pahlevani, Abozar Mohajer Mighani and Farhad Rahimi Milaghardan in the opposition defence can be unnerving to any raider. Atrachali has been their top defender with 17 tackle points, followed by Mighani with 12. Offensively, they have played a lot on do-or-die raids and have totalled 29 such raids – the highest among the four semi-finalists. Raiding has been a concern as they have managed only 113 points so far and are eighth in the tournament in this regard.

Overall, Iran seemed to be holding back and their attack could have been much better going by how capable they look on the mat. We might just the see the beast within them unleashed going into the business end of the tournament and they will need that to overcome a disciplined Korean outfit.

The match kicks off at 20:00 IST on Friday, October 21. Don’t forget to tune in to the Star network and hotstar to watch this mouth-watering clash live.