Cho Hyun-woo, who blocked the opponent’s shot twice in the penalty shootout, said he was confident.
South Korea, which played in the round of 16 at the 2023 Qatar Asian Cup at Education City Stadium in Alayyan, Qatar, on the 31st (Korea time), drew 1-1 with Saudi Arabia until overtime and won 4PK2 in the penalty shootout to reach the quarterfinals.
In the penalty shootout, goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo showed stellar performance. He blocked kicks from Saudi Arabia’s No. 3 and No. 4 kickers in succession, driving Korea to the quarterfinals. “I was really confident that I would win if I went to the mixed zone. The players practiced a lot and I analyzed a lot. I trusted my judgment. That’s why I had a really good result today,” Cho told reporters after the match.
Next, Cho Hyunwoo’s interview
- How do you feel about the game
I thought it would be a very difficult game. I think we got good results because our players worked so hard in front of us. I was really confident that I would win in the penalty shootout. The players practiced a lot and I analyzed a lot. They believed in my judgment. So I think there was a really good result today. Thank you so much to the Korean fans who cheered until dawn.
- I talked to Song Beom-geun before the penalty shootout
As I went to the game, I thought I couldn’t remember the direction of the kickers. There was a signal that I talked to Bum-keun. We prepared it together. No matter who plays in the game, we prepared it with that belief that we can do it, so we encouraged each other by talking together. Signal cannot be disclosed (laughs). Players said a lot that they wanted to finish before the penalty shootout, not today, but I was confident that I would win if it went to the penalty shootout. So I wanted to repay my faith. I will prepare well for the next game as well.
- I started a surprise three-back
The players did not think that they would only defend while using the three-back. They came up with a tactic to suit Saudi Arabia. I think such a score came out until the end because the players understood well, persevered, and believed in each other. It’s a game that takes two days off, and I’ll fight again with a really strong mentality.
- The opposing goalkeeper showed a good defense before the penalty shootout
He was a goalkeeper with a good defense. I think I have a lot to learn from him, too. But I’m sure he’ll be disappointed that we won today. I think he’s a goalkeeper with really good skills. I’ll learn what I’ll learn from today’s video and improve. 헤라카지노도메인
- Will today’s victory serve as an opportunity to rebound
That’s right. I think it will be a big rebound for the players. I think our players were impatient because they tried to do so well, but if you cheer us on, we will do our best until the end.