Cho Hyun-woo made two consecutive saves in the round of 16 penalty shootout against Saudi Arabia, filling in the gap of ‘No. 1 GK’ Kim Seung-gyu,
who left the national team due to injury, and gave a perfect score.
Spider Hand’ Cho Hyun-woo (Ulsan)’s brilliant penalty shoot-out save helped the Korean national soccer team,
led by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, advance to the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup. 스포츠토토
In the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Round of 16 match against Saudi Arabia held at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on the 31st (Korean time)
Jo Hyun-woo was tied 1-1 after 120 minutes of overtime,
and in the subsequent penalty shootout,
two of the opposing kickers were defeated.
He blocked the shot and led Korea to advance to the quarterfinals.
On this day, Korea gave up the first goal to Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Radif shortly after the start of the second half,
but Cho Gyu-seong (Midtjylland) scored an equalizer with a header in extra time in the second half,
sending the game into overtime.
Even in overtime, both teams remained scoreless,
and the game eventually went to a penalty shootout.
In the penalty shootout that started with Saudi Arabia taking the lead,
the first and second kickers of both teams hit the net, making it 2-2.
Saudi’s third kicker, Sami Al-Nazui, kicked into the left corner of the goal,
and Cho Hyun-woo, who read the direction,
fell to the side and made a save with his knee.
It was a moment when Cho Hyun-woo’s most powerful weapon, his saving ability, shined.
Cho Gyu-seong, Korea’s third kicker, made a clean shot to make it 3-2,
and Cho Hyun-woo stood at the goal line once again.
Abdurrahman Gharib, Saudi Arabia’s fourth kicker,
kicked low toward the corner of the goal, but this time,
Cho Hyun-woo, who read the direction, dived and blocked the ball.
After Cho Hyun-woo showed off two brilliant saves in a row,
Saudi Arabian Coach Roberto Mancini seemed to have already sensed defeat and left the field even though the winner or loser was not confirmed.
Immediately after Coach Mancini’s ‘early departure’,
Korea’s fourth kicker, Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), scored,
completing a 4-2 penalty shootout win and confirming their advancement to the quarterfinals.