The South Korean men's football team has arrived in Lebanon, for their fourth match of the second round of qualification for the 2022 World Cup.
The situation in Lebanon is much more serious than expected, as anti-government protests blocked the highway from the airport into the city, so the South Korean team required a police and military escort to their hotel.
Given that the situation is unstable and possibly dangerous, the team have decided not to have their planned formal training session.
Head coach Paulo Bento explained that the team aren't taking the Lebanon match lightly. Rather, they cancelled the training to make sure the players are in the best condition.
"It is better for our team, especially for our players. Preparing the strategy for the game in the quiet place, in the good condition."
Even in the difficult circumstances, the players showed their confidence, vowing to get the victory.
"I believe the players have their own roles to play for every match, and my role, along with our defenders, is to do everything we can not to concede"
Although South Korea is currently top of Group H, there isn't much of a gap between the top three teams.
In order for South Korea to reach the next round of qualification as group winners, victory in Lebanon is crucial.
South Korea has struggled in the past in matches in Lebanon.
But the team says it is ready for today's match, which kicks off at 10 p.m. Korea time.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.