Captain Son Heung-min even suffered dehydration.
The South Korean national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, won after a penalty shootout in the round of 16 of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Qatar 2023 against Saudi Arabia at 1 a.m. on the 31st (Korea time) at Education Stadium in Allayan, Qatar. The two teams played 1-1 until extra time and won the penalty shootout by South Korea 4-2.
On the day, Klinsmann launched a 3-4-3 formation, not a traditional four-back. He added stability by fielding Kim Young-kwon, Kim Min-jae and Jung Seung-hyun at the back. At the same time, he utilized the “SON top” tactic by deploying Son Heung-min, not Cho Kyu-sung, to the front line.
Korea’s strategy was penetration into the back space. After blocking the ball, when Son Heung-min penetrated into the back space of Saudi Arabia, he deployed the ball. From the first half, Son displayed strong ambition by taking several sprints. At the 26th minute of the first half, he scored a shot after breaking through alone, but unfortunately, he was blocked by the defense.
However, Korea lost a point at the beginning of the second half. Afterwards, Hwang Hee-chan and Cho Kyu-sung were put in again, taking the change to 4-4-2 and launching an offensive. Eventually, Cho Kyu-sung, who received Seol Young-woo’s header pass in the extra time of the second half, shook the net with a header, and the game continued to extend.
No goal was scored in overtime, and the two teams ultimately decided the winner through penalty shootouts. Son Heung-min was the first kicker and shook the net with an accurate shot. As if to repay this, Cho blocked shots from the third and fourth kickers, helping Korea to the quarterfinals. 마카오카지노
According to an official from the Korea Football Association, Son conducted a doping test after the match. However, it took a long time due to dehydration in his body, and reporters could not see him in the mixed zone.
Son Heung-min asked reporters waiting at the scene for their understanding through an official, saying, “Well done.” This is how the captain put his everything on the line for the round of 16.