World Cup commentators face nightmare as South Korea have five players named Kim

Football commentators face a World Cup nightmare after South Korea used five players all called Kim in their latest match.

The team beat Iran 2-0 and will travel to this winter’s soccer showpiece in Qatar. But it was hard work for the commentators as the South Korean goalkeeper and entire defence had the same moniker.

One pundit said: “It’s rotten having so many players of the same name. I suppose if you were being lazy you could call them all ‘Kim’. At least you wouldn’t be wrong.

“But commentators tend to be sticklers for detail and accuracy. Maybe they will drop ‘Kim’ and just use the rest of their names.

“It’s a headache for refs too.’’

The Kims were Seung-gyu in goal, left-back Jin-Su, right-back Tae-kwan, and centre-halves Min-jae and Young-gwon.

Both South Korea and Iran booked their places in Qatar during the previous international break that spanned the end of January and start of February.

They were joined by Japan, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay and Ecuador as World Cup qualifying resumed around the world on Thursday, with 19 nations now having booked their place at the finals.

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There was also drama in Europe as the play-off round began, which will decide the final three European countries that qualify for the tournament.

The biggest shock came as European champions Italy were beaten 1-0 at home by North Macedonia in Palermo, Aleksandar Trajkovski grabbing the only goal in added on time.

It means that Italy will be absent from a second-successive World Cup after they also failed to qualify in 2018, the first time ever they have missed consecutive tournaments.

North Macedonia's reward is a meeting with Portugal, who overcame Turkey, on Tuesday as they bid to qualify for the World Cup for the very first time.

Sweden set up a final with Poland in Chorzow as Robin Quaison proved the difference in their extra-time victory over the Czech Republic.

Poland received a bye to the final after Russia were banned from competing due to the invasion of Ukraine, which has also seen Ukraine's meeting with Scotland postponed until June.

The winner of that match will face Wales in Cardiff after a Gareth Bale brace inspired them to a 2-1 victory over Austria, the first of his goals coming via a stunning free-kick.

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