South Korea’s national soccer team led by coach Jürgen Klinsmann (ranked 23rd in FIFA rankings) won the round of 16 match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation Qatar Asian Cup against Saudi Arabia (ranked 56th in FIFA rankings) led by coach Roberto Mancini at Education City Stadium in Alayyan, Qatar, at 7 p.m. on the 30th (local time). South Korea will face Australia in the quarterfinals after defeating Indonesia 4-0 under coach Shin Tae-yong. There were 42,389 spectators at the stadium.토토사이트
Cho Kyu-sung, who had been under fire, was excluded from the starting lineup on the day. With Son Heung-min as the one-top, the team’s surprise three backs were stable. However, the team was disappointed with its offense. When the team lost a point to Abdullah Haji Ladif right after the start of the second half, Korea added Hwang Hee-chan, and Cho Kyu-sung and Park Yong-woo to switch to four back. Cho showed no significant presence and scored a miraculous equalizer right before being under fire again.
Immediately before the end of the match, he connected Seol Young-woo’s cross with a header score to make it 1-1, leading to overtime. Education City Stadium, where Cho Kyu-sung scored on the day, is a place where Cho has good memories. It is a place where Cho scored multiple goals against Ghana during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Saudi Arabia also won the A-match friendly match in September last year when Cho Kyu-sung scored a goal. Cho also scored again against the place and the team with good memories.
As Korea won after the penalty shootout, it was up to Korea to get a ticket to the quarterfinals. Cho Kyu-sung both performed miracles for the individual and the team at the Education City Stadium. He even went to the penalty shootout and Cho Kyu-sung scored a goal as a kicker.
Cho Kyu-sung said in a mixed zone interview, “Of course I feel good to win, but first of all, I can make better use of the chance and I don’t have to go to the penalty shootout, but I think that’s a little disappointing.”
Q: If you try to revive your mood when you score the same goal
Honestly, I think it was more disappointing than good. So I didn’t like it that much, and I just thought, “I have a goal now.”
- 300 back, and today started the game on the bench.
We went out in 300 or 500, and it was so good during the training. So I thought, ‘This would be better,’ and I thought, ‘I just need to prepare well on the bench,’ and ‘I will go in in any situation,’ and I was preparing again.
JN: The other goalkeeper did a better job than I thought
I had so many chances in the second half, but I was surprised every time I blocked it. I was so fit. But if you tap it, you’ll get in.
- You must have been nervous about the penalty shootout
I wasn’t nervous at all during the penalty shootout.
Q: I think the most disappointing scene was when we conceded in the second half of extra time. Fans must be curious, too
I thought the touch was too short to shoot. I thought (Hong) Hyun-suk next to me was more perfect, but now that I think about it, I regret that I should have just shot. The older members encouraged me a lot to shoot with confidence, asking me why I didn’t. I’m most disappointed.
- I think there was a situation where Son Heung-min wanted to pass instead of shooting, what was the conversation after the game?
I haven’t talked about it yet. I’m going to say sorry because I didn’t put it in. I think I should say sorry if I didn’t put it in.
- I don’t think the next game will be easy because of the short break.
I think recovery is the first thing. You have to recover well.
- His opponent is Australia, but he has a good physicality.
The Australian center back was really tall. I’ll try my best.
- Three goals in this stadium.
When I first arrived, I heard that I saw this stadium a lot, so I asked (Hwang) Hee-chan, and he said it was during the match against Ghana. So I laughed to myself. Originally, I went in without knowing. As soon as I heard it, I thought, “Wow, it’s done.”
HJ: I think you have a strong side against Saudi Arabia
Fighting is not easy. I scored a goal then, but I scored with my head again this time. (Hwang) Inbeom told me to play soccer only with my head as a joke. I also admit it.
- There was a nerve wave outside the stadium with Saudi Arabian fans.
I didn’t know that. I thought today’s mood was Saudi home. I heard (20 Red Devils came and cheered). They cheered hard behind the goal. If you’re in a foreign country, you can hear Korean well.