Among those in danger of being eliminated, 'a large-scale visit to Korea is expected' from the cheering squad to reporters.

Up to 3,300 away fans and more than 30 reporters expected. Son Heung-min: “If we do well, it will not be a variable.”

As the Chinese national soccer team faces the risk of being eliminated from the second round of the World Cup qualifiers, a large visiting cheering squad and reporters visit Sangambeol.

China will play an away match against Korea in the 6th match of Group C of the 2026 FIFA North and Central America World Cup Asian region second qualifying round at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on the 11th.

A large number of Chinese fans and reporters are visiting Korea to help overcome 'anti-Korean soccer' (a phenomenon in which China feels fear of Korean soccer).

An official from the Korea Football Association (KFA) said in a phone call with Newsis on the 11th, “According to the World Cup qualifying regulations, away seats are assigned in consultation with the opposing association before the game. “The Chinese association purchased 3,300 seats in three away cheering areas in bulk,” he said, explaining that up to 3,300 people can visit.

He continued, “More than 30 Chinese reporters applied. He expressed great interest, saying, “The Chinese media ‘CCTV’ will also dispatch a broadcasting team.”

China, ranked 2nd in Group C of the group stage (8 points, 2 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss, 9 goals, 8 conceded), is ranked 3rd by Thailand (5 points, 1 win, 2 draws, 2 losses, 6 goals, 8 conceded) according to the results of the last 6th game. You may get caught and be eliminated.

China's opponent, No. 1 Korea (13 points, 4 wins, 1 draw, 19 goals, 1 loss), has already succeeded in advancing to the third preliminary round, but is preparing to put forth an all-out effort to secure the top seed. Thailand will invite 4th place Singapore (1 point, 1 draw, 4 losses, 4 goals, 21 goals conceded), which has already been confirmed to be eliminated. If China falls to Korea and Thailand defeats Singapore, the score will be tied at 8 and the rankings will be divided based on goal difference. Therefore, China must draw, win, or lose by conceding as few goals as possible, while Thailand must somehow achieve a big win over Singapore and then consider goal difference. Korea is determined to focus on itself and achieve a complete victory over China. Interim coach Kim Do-hoon said at the pre-match press conference held at Goyang Stadium on the 10th, “We will focus on our game plan and finish with a good result through victory.” He continued, “The game may be difficult because the Chinese players who are desperate for victory come out rough,” and “As it is a home game, there are fans cheering for our national team, and if we maintain calm and cool-headedness until the end of the game, there will be good results.” . Captain Son Heung-min, who attended with Coach Kim, said, “The last away game wasn’t easy either. Of course it will be a difficult game tomorrow. I don't think there's a big difference between then and now. “It’s important to do what we can well,” he said. When asked about Chinese away fans, he said, “Of course it could be a variable,” but added, “I think our fans will support us more since it is a home game. If we do well, it won't be a variable. “It is important to do what we have to do well,” he emphasized.

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