National team striker Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) once again showed his strong temperament.

Hwang Hee-chan scored an equalizer with a penalty kick in the 51st minute of the second half in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup against Australia at Al-Zanup Stadium in Al-Wakra, Qatar on the 3rd (Korea time). Since then, South Korea has won 2-1 with Son Heung-min’s free-kick come-from-behind goal in the 14th minute of extra time.꽁머니지급

South Korea was blocked by Australia’s solid defense, and Son Heung-min (Tottenham) won a penalty kick like a drama in the extra time of the second half. It was a great opportunity to tie the score, but if the penalty fails, South Korea will be defeated and the tournament will be closed in the quarterfinals, which was a moment of great burden.

As soon as his heart shook, Hwang Hee-chan was the first to grab the ball. Then, he succeeded with a clean and powerful shot to save Korea from the brink.

Initially, it was known that Son Heung-min, not Hwang Hee-chan, was the kicker for the penalty kick. After the match, Hwang Hee-chan said, “I told Heung-min, ‘I want to kick it’. Heung-min also said he understood right away, so I was able to finish with confidence.”

Was there any pressure to fail? “If there was even a little pressure, I don’t think I should have kicked a penalty kick. Of course, I was confident, and I put a lot of effort and preparation before kicking it,” Hwang Hee-chan said strongly.

This is not the first time Hwang Hee-chan volunteered for a kicker in a flesh-shaking penalty. South Korea, which was drawing 3-3 in the semifinals of the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games, won a penalty kick in the 12th minute of the second half of extra time.

If this was successful, we could have taken a step closer to the final, but if we failed, Uzbekistan’s performance at the time was so formidable that we could not guarantee victory, and dreams of a gold medal and exemption from military service were on the verge of collapse.

However, Hwang Hee-chan again accepted the ball as soon as Hwang Ui-jo won a penalty kick, and he put it into the corner without hesitation, becoming the first contributor to the victory.

If both scenes were successful, he could have become a hero, but if he failed, the risk was high. However, Hwang Hee-chan was not swayed all the time and was full of confidence.

After scoring a penalty kick against Australia, Hwang Hee-chan said, “If there was any pressure, I wouldn’t have kicked it. I’ve had a lot of effort and preparation time to kick the penalty so far, so I was able to kick it with confidence,” revealing the reason why he was able to confidently play as a kicker.

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