Stielike: We deserved to win

South Korea coach Uli Stielike lauded his side following their 1-0 win over Lebanon in their 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 Asian Cup joint-qualifiers on Thursday.

South Korea managed to maintain their unbeaten streak, but were forced to wait until stoppage time before substitute Lee Jeong-hyeop found the back of the net. 

Despite their perfect record nearly coming to an end, Stielike was impressed with his side’s performance and was also pleased with the fact that they have yet to concede a single goal in seven World Cup qualifying matches. 

"Until the 91st minute, I thought an unfair result could happen in football, but a minute later, my thoughts changed," he told reporters. "We really got a win that was earned fairly. We were the only team on the pitch that went for an attack.

"I think our players had a big desire to finish the match with a clean sheet and a victory. That's why they fought until the end."

South Korea, who sit atop the Group G standings with 21 points, will now play Kuwait, who occupy second place with 10 points, on Tuesday.