‘Son Heung-min missed the goal feast’ … but rejoiced more than the main character

Klinsmann’s men’s national soccer team won 4-0 against Tunisia in an exhibition match at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

 In the match, Son Heung-min was not named to the starting lineup due to a groin injury. South Korea started with Cho Kyu-sung up front, with Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Kang-in, and Lee Jae-sung leading the attack. 

South Korea struggled against the Tunisian defense in the first half of the match, but Lee Kang-in opened the scoring in the second half with a direct free kick after being fouled in the box. Three minutes later, Lee Kang-in won a ball contest on the right side of the penalty area and rattled the Tunisian net with a left-footed shot.

In the 22nd minute of the second half, Kim Min-jae’s header from a corner kick deflected off Tunisian defender Merara and into the goal. The goal was attributed to Kim Min-jae, but it was later revised to an own goal by Tunisia. 스포츠토토

Despite the 3-0 score, Korea continued to attack. In the 45th minute, Hwang Eui-jo sprinted into the opponent’s zone and shook the Tunisian goal with his right foot. Son Heung-min, who had been sitting on the bench, congratulated Lee Kang-in, who was the perfect fixer, with a big hug when the multi-goal scorer came on as a substitute, showing his pride in his junior’s development. 

He also celebrated the goal of Hwang Ui-jo, who had been struggling for the last 45 minutes, by pumping his fist in the air and running off the bench. He was even happier than Hwang Ui-jo, who scored the goal, and smiled widely with his arms open. Even after the game ended, he came out on the field and hugged Kim Min-jae and Hwang Ui-jo to celebrate the victory. After the 4-0 win, Son Heung-min expressed his satisfaction with his teammates’ goals, saying, “I thought, ‘Maybe they don’t need me anymore.'”

Meanwhile, the national team will play an exhibition match against Vietnam at Suwon World Cup Stadium on Nov. 17.

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