Korean national team captain Son Heung-min cried, but coach Jurgen Klinsmann smiled.
South Korea lost to Jordan 0-2 in the semifinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on the morning of the 7th (Korea time). South Korea recorded a helpless defeat against Jordan after failing to try a single effective shot.
In Korea, Son Heung-min was the front-line striker against Jordan, while Hwang Hee-chan and Lee Kang-in led the side attack. Lee Jae-sung, Park Yong-woo and Hwang In-beom formed the midfield, and Seol Young-woo, Kim Young-kwon, Jung Seung-hyun and Kim Tae-hwan took charge of the defense. Cho Hyun-woo defended the goal.
The Korean national team allowed the opening goal in the eighth minute of the second half after a scoreless first half. After intercepting Park Yong-woo’s pass, Musa Altamari connected a penetrating pass to the right of the penalty box, which Al-Naimat shook the net with a right footed lobbing shot.
Jordan then scored an additional goal in the 21st minute of the second half, widening the gap. Tamari, who stole Hwang’s ball near the center line, dribbled alone and hit a left-footed shot from the outside of the front of the penalty box to pass through goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo and enter the corner of the Korean goal.
The Korean team fought for a comeback. Yang Hyun-joon and Jung Woo-young were substituted. However, the team failed to produce any effect. Rather, the team suffered from strong pressure from the Jordanian team. Eventually, the match ended 0-2 and Korea’s bid to win the title in 64 years came to an end.
Since the defeat against Jordan, there has been a growing voice of criticism against Klinsmann. After the game, he was even asked about his resignation at a press conference. The people are demanding the replacement of Klinsmann, who has been in office for less than a year.
German media outlets in Klinsmann’s home country also expressed anxiety about his future. “Klinsmann suffered a catastrophic disaster in the semifinals of the Asian Cup. Korea’s dream to win the Asian Cup has been shattered. Klinsmann has a contract through 2026, but it is questionable whether there will be a future after the failure,” said German soccer star Spox.
Klinsmann also appeared to be lacking in enthusiasm. While many players were lying down, Klinsmann smiled and walked around the stadium. Then, captain Son Heung-min looked frustrated. As he exited the mixed zone, he even shed tears. 헤라카지노도메인
Foreign media also paid attention to the facial expressions of Klinsmann and Son Heung-min. “CBS Sports Golazo” posted photos of Klinsmann’s smiling face and Son’s dejected expression after the match against Jordan.
The public is angry at Klinsmann’s attitude. Criticism continues against Chairman Chung Mong-gyu, including the Korea Football Association, which appointed Klinsmann. Is this really the quality of the national team’s head coach.