South Korea’s national soccer team, led by Klinsmann, won 6-0 in the warm-up match against Vietnam at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th, thanks to Kim Min-jae’s (Bayern Munich) header goal in the 5th minute of the first half, Hwang Hee-chan’s (Wolverhampton Wanderers) additional goal in the 26th minute of the first half, Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) and Lee Kang-in’s own goal in the 5th minute of the second half, and Jung Woo-young’s (Stutgart) extra goal in the 41st minute of the second half.
The match against Vietnam is South Korea’s second and final A match in October. In the first match, a friendly match against Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 13th, Klinsmann won 4-0 thanks to Lee Kang-in’s (PSG) multi-goal, the opponent’s own goal, and Hwang Ui-jo’s (Norwich City) wedge goal. 스포츠토토
Following a 1-0 new win over Saudi Arabia in September, Klinsmann won his first home victory and two consecutive A matches with a complete victory over Tunisia. He also continued his momentum and scored a goal storm in the match against Vietnam, achieving three consecutive A matches.
The Suwon World Cup Stadium heated up the atmosphere of the game even before it started with a sell-out record. Ahead of the match, the Korea Football Association announced, “Tickets for the Korea-Vietnam friendly match for the national soccer team to be held at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. today were sold out at 2 p.m.”
Officials at Suwon World Cup Stadium put the total number of spectators in the match against Vietnam at 42,175. Not only Korean fans but also not a few Vietnamese soccer fans continued to crowd as they visited the stadium to see the match against Asian powerhouse Korea.
The national team met fans’ expectations by holding a goal party on the day. First, Korea scored the first goal in the first five minutes of the first half to prove that it is an Asian powerhouse. Kim Min-jae, who is considered a key defender and world class center back, scored the first goal.
The goal came from a corner kick. In the 4th minute of the first half, Lee Kang-in’s sharp corner kick from the right went straight to the front of the goal, and Kim Min-jae overcame defenders’ interference and jumped high to accurately match his head and connected it with a header shot. Kim Min-jae’s powerful header shot went straight into the net, leading to South Korea’s first goal.
With this, Kim Min-jae scored his fourth A-match goal. It was the first A-match scoring in 1,402 days after scoring the winning goal against China in December 2019 to lead the team to a 1-0 victory. Kim Min-jae also seemed to score an additional header in the match against Tunisia on the 13th, but it was not recognized as Kim Min-jae’s score as he scored an own goal after getting hit by a Tunisian player.
In addition, Lee Kang-in, who scored two goals and led the team to a 4-0 landslide victory against Tunisia, succeeded in scoring an attack point for two consecutive games as he helped Kim Min-jae score the first goal with a corner kick.
South Korea, which gained momentum, scored an additional goal in the 26th minute of the first half. Hwang Hee-chan, who received a penetration pass from Lee Jae-sung (Mainz) in the midfield, broke through the Vietnamese defense line and entered the box. In the box, Hwang Hee-chan calmly shook the net with a left-footed shot and scored an additional goal for South Korea.
Hwang Hee-chan also scored after Kim Min-jae, and Hwang Hee-chan scored his 11th A match goal. It was the first score in about 11 months after scoring the winning goal that led Korea to the round of 16 in the third match of the 2022 Qatar World Cup group stage against Portugal in December last year.
South Korea, which finished the first half 2-0 with the scores of Kim Min-jae and Hwang Hee-chan, maintained its lead in the second half, and virtually took the lead when Vietnam scored its own goal in the fifth minute of the second half.
Cho Kyu-sung (Mitt Whelan), who was peeking at the opportunity right in front of the goal, made the score 3-0 by putting Son Heung-min’s sharp pass into the goal. However, it was recognized as Vietnam’s own goal when Son Heung-min’s cross was hit first by Vietnamese defender Bo Min Trung’s foot, who was running behind Cho Kyu-sung in a slow scene.
Cho Kyu-sung also stuck out his tongue with a regretful expression before making a high five with Son Heung-min, as if he knew it was not his goal.
Son Heung-min, who induced his opponent to score an own goal, also scored a goal on the day and led Korea to a landslide victory. Son Heung-min, who came into the box exchanging a 2-1 pass with Hwang Hee-chan in the 15th minute of the second half, fired a shot one step earlier than the Vietnamese defenders who were running, and the shot, which was aimed at the far corner of the net, led to his 38th A-match goal.