The debut game of national soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsmann (59, Germany) ended in a disappointing draw. The national team drew 2-2 in a friendly match against Colombia held at Ulsan Munsu Stadium on the 24th. They took a 2-0 lead in the first half and gained momentum, but lost the victory by conceding two runs in the 5th minute of the kickoff in the second half.
Although it was a regrettable result, there was a lot of hope in the performance, which made us look forward to the match against Uruguay to be held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 28th. As coach Klinsman said, “It is better to win 4-3 than 1-0,” Korea left a strong impression by overpowering the opponent at least in the first half.
Among them, captain Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham) flashed the most. In the 10th minute of the first half, taking advantage of the opponent’s mistake, he scored the first goal with a left-footed mid-range shot, and added a free kick goal in the extra time of the first half. Following November 2017 and March 2019, he scored in three consecutive matches against Colombia. Son Heung-min is the first Korean player ever to score goals in three consecutive games against a specific non-Asian country.
At the same time, he also recorded the most free kick goals (5 times) in A-match. Son Heung-min scored four goals from free kicks in Myanmar and World Cup Asian qualifiers in June 2015, Chile-Paraguay in June last year, and Costa Rica in September last year, standing shoulder to shoulder with Ha Seok-joo (coach of Ajou University).
The recent flow of Son Heung-min has not been good. In Tottenham, which focused on counterattacks, his role was limited due to excessive defensive burden, so he failed to show the dignity of the top scorer (23 goals) in the English Premier League last season.
However, in the game against Colombia this time, he took on the ‘free-role’ and demonstrated his power. He moved to the center of the second line, not the usual left wing forward, regardless of position. He energized the team with his excellent judgment and creative play, and came out as a solver himself. He was ideal in terms of maximizing his firepower, although he was at risk of off-air imbalance when he advanced deeply. Coach Klinsman also said, “By changing positions from the side and center, we can assign multiple roles to the attacking team. He was satisfied, saying, “I can give you free rolls in the future.” 토토사이트
Hwang In-beom (27, Olympiacos), who was discovered by former national team coach Paulo Bento (Portugal), was also great. He had no shortage of wide vision, skillful management, strong pressing and precise passing. The footwork using both feet was exhilarating, and the pressure to escape was also outstanding.
Here, he even showed his ‘fighter temperament’. He never hesitated to fight, and when his comrades fell, he did not hesitate to collide with them from the front. “If your opponent is rough, react the same way. Don’t avoid it, go out strong,” he most faithfully fulfilled director Klinsman’s message.