Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), who play in the English Premier League (EPL), made a dramatic come-from-behind victory against Australia in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.꽁머니환전
The South Korean national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, advanced to the semifinals by beating Australia 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the AFC Asian Cup at Al-Zanup Stadium in Al-Wakra, Qatar, on the 3rd (Korea time).
While Son Heung-min, who has already been playing on the EPL ground for nine seasons, was recognized as a “world-class goalscorer” early on, his junior Hwang Hee-chan, who entered the EPL in the 2021-2022 season, has performed as well as Son Heung-min this season.
With Son Heung-min in fourth place in the EPL scoring ranking with 12 goals, Hwang Hee-chan with 10 goals is in seventh place.
He has scored a total of 22 goals this season in the EPL, the world’s best stage.
However, the two did not show as much scoring ability as expected in the early and mid-term of the tournament at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup, where Korean soccer is trying to win its first championship in 64 years.
Hwang Hee-chan, who opened the tournament with an injury, took the field of the Asian Cup as a substitute only in the third group match against Malaysia.
He was also substituted in the round of 16 against Saudi Arabia, and both games were scoreless.
Son Heung-min played full-time in every match, but he also failed to score as many goals as expected. He only scored two goals through penalty kicks in the group league.
Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan only began to show their destructive power in the quarterfinals against Australia.
In the extra time of the second half, Hwang Hee-chan succeeded in a penalty kick obtained by Son Heung-min to lead the game to extra time.
In the first half of extra time, Son Heung-min finished the free kick Hwang Hee-chan obtained during a daring breakthrough with a fantastic right foot kick and scored the 2-1 come-from-behind goal.
South Korea, which has reached the semi-finals dramatically, will compete against Jordan for the final.
As the previous two games were played for 120 minutes, it is necessary to reduce physical exhaustion as much as possible by finishing the game within 90 minutes this time.
Both Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan have no field goals in this tournament.
If the “Chuncheon Duo” scoring shot, which began to heat up against Australia, shows off its firepower from the match against Jordan, the possibility of Klinsmann’s winning the Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years will increase.
In particular, if Son Heung-min, who is good at driving, explodes multiple goals in the match against Jordan, he can also challenge for the top scorer in the tournament.
Currently, Son Heung-min is tied for fourth in the scoring ranking with Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) and Iran’s Meditarmi with three goals.
Iraq’s Ayman Hussein (6 goals) is ranked first, but his team has already been eliminated in the round of 16.