Son Heung-min “I’m disappointed with the result, but the players are united… I’m happy to play with Lee Kang-in”

They didn’t get the three points they wanted, but it gave them a chance to rally.

Interim head coach Hwang Sun-hong’s South Korea national soccer team failed to protect a Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) opener and drew 1-1 with Thailand in the third Group C match of the Asian qualifying campaign for the 2026 North American Football Confederation (AFC) North American Championship at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Coming off a heartbreaking quarterfinal exit at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup 2023 last month, it was a big disappointment to not win at home in their first A-match against a team ranked 101st in the FIFA rankings. South Korea are ranked 22nd.

South Korea’s two-game winning streak came to an end with a 1-1 draw (7 points). While they retained top spot in the group, it was an unfortunate draw ahead of their trip to Thailand on Saturday.

However, captain Son Heung-min said the game was important because it was a chance for the team to get back on track after a rough patch.

“I think it’s inevitable that the result is quite disappointing,” Son said after the game, “but I think there were a lot of positive things that came out of the players’ efforts in a short time. The players were united and really tried to go one step further,” he said.

South Korea tasted bitter disappointment at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup 2023 when they were eliminated in the quarterfinals. Head coach Jürgen Klinsmann (GER) was fired, and there were reports of squad infighting during the tournament.

Hwang, who also coaches the U-23 national team, took over on an interim basis in March.

Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), who was at the center of the controversy over the lower pole award, publicly bowed his head once again the previous day after 토토사이트 apologizing to Son Heung-min, and made his presence felt by coming on as a 17th-minute substitute in the second half.

He threatened Thailand’s goal with a combination play with Son Heung-min, with whom he had a physical altercation at the Asian Cup. It was Korean soccer coming together again.

“He’s a very good player,” Son Heung-min said of Lee Kang-in. I don’t think I have to do anything special because he’s a very talented player.” “(Lee) came on as a substitute and tried to change the atmosphere. I think it changed the atmosphere. I felt that our chemistry was getting better and better in the Asian Cup. It’s really fun to play with him and I hope we can do better in the future.”

Hwang Sun-hong will leave for Thailand on the 22nd. Korea will play Thailand in Bangkok on June 26 for the fourth match of the second round.

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