The South Korean national soccer team will play in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup against Australia at Al-Zanub Stadium in Al-Wakra, Qatar, on the 3rd.
The mood is not good. Korea narrowly secured a ticket to the quarterfinals by winning a penalty shootout in the round of 16 against Saudi Arabia after a 1-1 draw.
The team’s performance was not satisfactory. Until Cho Kyu-sung opened the scoring, Korea’s offense was frustrating. He attempted a whopping 22 shots, but the accuracy was so low that he only made eight effective shots.
Son cannot be free from responsibility. Starting as a front-line striker who is typical of 3-4-3 in the match against Saudi Arabia, Son failed to score another field goal despite playing full time.
It is not that he did not want to score a goal. Son Heung-min recorded eight shootings against Saudi Arabia. However, only two of them were recorded as shots on goal, leaving regret.
There are no goals in this tournament except for penalties. The penalty points in the last matches against Jordan and Malaysia were not enough to meet the expectations placed on Son Heung-min.
Son Heung-min is not originally a player who shines through penalties. In the last 21/22 season of the Premier League, he scored 23 goals without a penalty and became the top scorer.
It will not be easy to score a field goal in the match against Australia. Australia has only allowed one goal in four matches at this year’s event, showing off its strong defense.
There are not only negative factors. Son Heung-min remembers scoring against Australia in the 2015 Asian Cup. If he recalls that memory, it is worth looking forward to scoring.