Victory over Iran at Seoul World Cup Stadium would ensure the Koreans need only avoid defeat against the Uzbeks in Tashkent, should the White Wolves beat China, in their final qualifier to secure that second automatic berth.
"I thought it would be hard for us tonight if we if we lost the first goal, so we played carefully rather than aggressively", Shin told reporters. "I'm proud of my players".
"I can promise you that I never had a game like this", he said. "We didn't go forward from the start, because if we conceded a goal first, we knew it was going to be a very hard game".
Iran have been Asia's top team over the a year ago, racking up six wins and two draws without conceding a goal, and rising to 24th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings. "We tried to turn the tide with substitutions and score a goal, but we couldn't do it".
Shin Tae-yong, who was taking charge of Korea for the first time since replacing the fired Uli Stielike in July, was confident his side would still take second place. For his team's uninspiring performance, Shin also pointed a finger at the pitch conditions, saying his side didn't get much help from the home turf. "We will do our best as always".
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Don't help me, '" Pasek's mother, Jodell, told KPRC 2. 'Be aware of your situations, look around see if there's electricity on. I mean we really want to get this out to the public to be aware, to know about the dangers of the water and electricity'.
Iran are top of Group A with 21 points, seven points above the second-placed South Korea. Syria and Uzbekistan have 12 points apiece, but Syria are now in third place thanks to a tiebreaking edge in goal difference.
Carlos Queiroz's side tightened up and soaked up the pressure until the final whistle, becoming the first team to leave South Korea with a point during qualification for Russian Federation 2018. Two third-place nations will drop to the playoffs for a final chance to qualify.
The Koreans travel to Tashkent to play Uzbekistan in their final qualifier on Tuesday with a victory for either side likely to earn the second spot. "I think that strategy worked ok".
Queiroz said both South Korea and Iran played "beautiful football" for fans at the stadium.
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