“They said they could stop me, it didn’t feel good”.
Son Heung-min recorded two goals and an assist to lead South Korea to a 3-0 victory over China in the second Group C match of the FIFA Confederations Cup North America 2026 Asian qualifying tournament at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, on June 21.
Son Heung-min put on a one-man show on the day, inflicting pain on the 39,000 Chinese fans in attendance. On the other hand, the 1,300 Korean soccer fans, including Gyo Min and the Red Devils, received a great gift.
Son Heung-min, who scored his 40th and 41st A-Match goals on the day, moved closer to Hwang Sun-hong’s record.
“The crowd will be full tomorrow, so let’s show them what kind of soccer we want to play and how we want to play so they can’t breathe,” he said after gathering the team before the game, reinforcing their determination to play a perfect game against China. “Let’s go out with a bang, let’s win, let’s go home,” he said, rubbing shoulders with his teammates and ending the final moments of training with a loud chant.
Son made good on his words.
In the 11th minute of the first half, South Korea was awarded a penalty kick by Hwang Hee-chan. A Chinese defender, who had fallen down during a scuffle in the box, caught Hwang with his leg and he went down. The referee called for a penalty kick.
Captain Son Heung-min stepped up to take the kick. The stadium fell silent, and Son calmly slotted the ball home with a right-footed shot. After the goal, Heung-min turned to the Chinese fans behind the goal and put his index finger over his mouth as a “shhh” gesture.
The Chinese crowd went wild with Son Heung-min’s gesture and immediately booed him. The Chinese crowd had already crossed the line. They booed the national anthem before the game started, and they booed after the anthem ended. It was an immature culture.
The crowd lashed out at Son Heung-min for not letting them breathe. When Son took the penalty kick, a green laser appeared on his face. It was a different color than the lanterns held by the ushers in the stadium. It was aimed precisely at Son’s face.
Son’s performance didn’t stop there. He also scored a second goal in the first half. In the 45th minute, Heung-min scored from a corner kick of his own. Lee Kang-in sent a low corner kick into the box, and Son headed it home to give South Korea a 2-0 halftime lead.
Following his multi-goal performance, Son continued his fierce play in the second half. He ran and ran and ran to break through China’s tight defense. In the end, Heung-min lived up to his story and left China breathless. In the 42nd minute, he set up Jung Seung-hyun’s goal and added an assist.
After the game, Son said, “It’s really hard to play in China. We had the pain of losing seven years ago,” said Son. “The players did their best and gave it their all despite the support of the home fans. Of course, there are things we need to improve on, but we played a fierce game.”
“I didn’t feel good when I heard that they could have stopped me. I’ve always respected all the players, but it’s hard to understand such comments. As the captain of the team, I felt I had to lead by example, so I did my best. I fought through it with my teammates and enjoyed it,” he said.
Regarding the “I’m not going to let them breathe” comment, he said, “I just emphasized that we need to play our game against China. The players played the way the coach wanted them to play. It was a really good result 카지노사이트.”
On the team’s preparation for the Asian Cup, he said, “It’s no secret that we want to win the title. We definitely need to work harder and prepare better. We need to prepare well, without injuries, so that the whole team can show its synergy. Preparing for the Asian Cup is definitely the most important thing.”
Meanwhile, Heung-min said, “All I can say about the fans is that I am so grateful. Thank you so much for loving the sport of soccer and Son Heung-min as a soccer player and a human being. Thanks to their support, I am happy every day. I am so grateful.” He expressed his gratitude.