Son Heung-min writes all records of ‘first and best’ → main character before Klinsman’s debut

Jurgen Klinsmann (59), coach of the national soccer team, had Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham) as the protagonist before his debut. Son Heung-min broke several records against Colombia.

The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Klinsman, drew 2-2 in a friendly match against Colombia at Munsu Soccer Stadium in Ulsan at 8:00 pm on the 24th. 안전놀이터

Son Heung-min, who played freely in the center, split the Colombian net 10 minutes after kick-off. The ball went to Son Heung-min due to an opponent’s pass mistake, and he immediately gave the team the lead with a left-footed shot. In extra time in the first half, he scored with a right-footed free kick in front of the penalty mark. 

Son Heung-min, who scored his 37th goal in A-match, surpassed Park I-cheon (36 goals) to become the third highest scorer in A-match by a Korean male player. Above them are former national team coach Cha Beom-geun (58 goals) and Hwang Seon-hong (under 23) national team coach Hwang Seon-hong (50 goals).

He showed off his Colombian killer side without fail. Previously, Heung-Min Son had scored goals in friendly matches against Colombia in 2017 and 2019. He scored 3 goals in 2 matches. Son Heung-min, who scored again against Colombia, became the first Korean player to score in three consecutive matches against a specific country on a continent other than Asia. Players who scored in three consecutive matches against specific Asian countries include former coach Cha Bum-keun (India) and Korea Football Association vice president Lee Dong-guk (Kuwait).

He also stood tall as the best free kick kicker in Korea. Son Heung-min, who wore the Taegeuk mark and scored a total of 5 goals from free kicks alone, surpassed Ha Seok-joo (4 goals) and engraved his name on the sole lead. So far, Son Heung-min has scored free kick goals against Myanmar, Chile, Paraguay and Costa Rica. He scored three goals from free kicks last year alone. 

Since it was director Klinsman’s debut match, Son Heung-min’s record-making was all the more meaningful. However, Son Heung-min did not dwell too much on his record. Rather, he expressed regret that the team did not win.

Son Heung-min, who faced the reporters after the game, said, “Actually, I’m not sure how much I put in (with a free kick). A lot of people who are good at free kicks don’t know exactly (how many) goals they’ve scored. Such a record is great, but it is a sport where the team comes first rather than records. I am disappointed with the result,” he said.

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