Son Heung-min asked for understanding from the Vietnamese players and approached the fans first.
The Korean national soccer team, led by Coach Klinsmann, won 6-0 in the October international match against Vietnam (95th in FIFA rankings) held at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on the 17th. With this victory, Korea ended its October A-match schedule with two consecutive wins.
Son Heung-min was unable to play in the previous game against Tunisia due to injury. While there were many expectations that Vietnam would be excluded from the starting lineup in this game due to its weak power, Son Heung-min surprisingly appeared as a starting player.
It was definitely not 100%. Son Heung-min was unable to finish the scoring opportunities that came throughout the game like Son Heung-min. Still, Son Heung-min led the team’s attack by showing good chemistry with the offensive line including Lee Kang-in, Hwang Hee-chan, and Cho Kyu-sung.
Son Heung-min, who warmed up in the second half, began to play well. In the 6th minute of the second half, Son Heung-min exchanged a one-two pass with Lee Jae-seong in his favorite 45-degree penalty box area. Son Heung-min sent a cutback pass to the center. At this time, the defender who was blocking Cho Gyu-seong was unable to clear the ball properly, resulting in an own goal.
Son Heung-min, who had missed several opportunities to score, finally scored. In the 15th minute of the second half, Son Heung-min exchanged one-two passes with Hwang Hee-chan right in front of the penalty box and finished with a non-stop shot. I stumbled in defense, but got up smiling. It was Son Heung-min’s 38th goal in the A match.
Son Heung-min complained of pain for a moment during the game, which made fans worry, but fortunately he finished the game well.
After the game ended, Son Heung-min first conducted an interview with the broadcaster. From this time on, several Vietnamese players were waiting for Son Heung-min. The Vietnamese coaching staff was also in the group. After Son Heung-min’s interview was over, Vietnamese players and coaching staff asked Son Heung-min for autographs and photos. It was a scene where you could feel for yourself that Son Heung-min has a world-class status not only in Korea but worldwide.
However, Son Heung-min asked for understanding from the Vietnamese players and coaching staff who waited for him and headed first to the fans who came to Suwon World Cup Stadium. As captain, Son Heung-min’s affection for Korean fans is beyond anyone’s imagination.
As everyone knows, Son Heung-min’s physical condition is not 100%. Even if Son Heung-min were to miss two consecutive games to finish the upcoming 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in the short term and the 2023-24 season well in the long term, no fan would voice criticism. In fact, even in this game, there were many voices from fans who secretly wanted Son Heung-min to rest.
However, Son Heung-min said, “I thought a lot about it, but I couldn’t accept the fact that I came to Korea and didn’t play in front of the fans. After discussing it with the coach, I told him that I would play. In fact, I didn’t participate in training well. “I am grateful to the coach who made this decision and the players who respected me even though I couldn’t do it. The weather was colder than I expected, but I was able to play well thanks to the fans who came,” he said, adding that he really wanted to play in Korea, especially in front of the fans, and played until the end. I explained why.
Son Heung-min approached the fans first and finished greeting them by taking a large circle around the stadium. It was a happy ending to the end of the national team schedule as he took pictures with his teammates and fans in an area filled with Red Devils supporters.
Only after greeting the fans did Son Heung-min provide fan service to the Vietnamese players. One of the Vietnamese players waiting for Son Heung-min was Queu Ngoc Hai, who was always known as Son Heung-min’s biggest fan. Ngoc Hai is a really big fan of Son Heung-min, as he usually imitates Son Heung-min’s snapping ceremony.스포츠토토
After taking a commemorative photo with Ngoc Hai, Son Heung-min provided perfect fan service by signing the Vietnamese uniform. He was ‘Captain Heung’ who completely satisfied both the Korean fans who wanted to see Son Heung-min and the Vietnamese players who respected him as a player.