Sri Lanka and South Korea face off on Wednesday in World Cup Qualifying action, with the two sides having had contrasting starts to the campaign.
South Korea currently sit at the summit of the group, while their opponents are yet to collect a point from their qualifying games.
At the beginning of the World Cup Qualifying campaign in 2019, Sri Lanka suffered four consecutive defeats, falling at the hands of South Korea, Lebanon and Turkmenistan on two separate occasions.
In those games, the Golden Army conceded 15 goals while failing to register a goal at the other end of the pitch.
That was largely down to their game against Wednesday’s opponents, as South Korea thrashed Sri Lanka 8-0, with Kim Shin-wook netting four goals alongside a Heung Min-son brace and goals from Hwang Hee-chan and Kwon Chang-hoon.
However, Amir Alagic’s side did come much closer to picking up a result on Saturday against Lebanon, upon their return to qualifying action.
Ahmed Waseem Razeek netted their first goal of the group stage to put his side 1-0 up, but a Joan Oumari brace and a Mohamad Jalal Kdouh goal turned the game on its head, while Razeek’s second goal of the game on the hour mark was unable to spark a full comeback, with the encounter finishing 3-2.
While that meant they have now lost their first five qualifying games, Sri Lanka should definitely take certain positives from a game which saw them go much closer to a result than in the first four matches, and they will aim to build on that going forward.
They take on a South Korea side who have had an opposite campaign, having picked up 10 points from their opening four matches.
The Tigers of Asia returned to qualifying action with a comfortable 5-0 win over Turkmenistan in Goyang on Saturday.