Son Heung-min must have played 100 times in his mind.
The South Korea national soccer team (ranked 27th in FIFA), led by Jürgen Klinsmann, lost 0-1 to Peru (ranked 21st in FIFA) in the June A match of the Hana Bank Invitational National Soccer Team Friendly at Busan Asiad Stadium at 8 p.m. on Saturday. This brings South Korea’s record to one draw and two losses since Klinsmann’s appointment.
South Korea went with a 4-4-2 formation. Oh Hyun-gyu, Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Jae-sung, Won Doo-jae, Hwang In-beom, Lee Kang-in, Lee Ki-je, Park Ji-soo, Jung Seung-hyun, Ahn Hyun-beom, and Kim Seung-gyu started.
The news of Son Heung-min’s exclusion came a day earlier. On the day of his first call-up, Son Heung-min focused on recovery training with the team after playing a weekend of K League games. On the 13th, the reason was revealed. An official from the Korea Football Association said, “Son Heung-min had surgery for a sports hernia. It’s been two weeks, and he’s still recovering. The coach also believes that whether or not he can play depends on his recovery.”
Despite his recovery, Son was determined to play. An official from the Korea Football Association said, “He is showing a strong will. It’s been more than two weeks since the surgery, but recovery varies depending on the person.” In fact, Son fully participated in training on days two and three.
However, Klinsmann said, “For now, he’ll be on the bench. “He’s getting better every day, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow. He’s better than when he came in at the end of the season. I’m hopeful that he’ll be able to play, but we’ll have to see how he is tomorrow.”
In the end, however, Son Heung-min started the game from the bench. Klinsmann’s offensive line consisted of Oh Hyun-gyu and Hwang Hee-chan with Lee Kang-in on the flanks. However, the offense was frustrating. They didn’t create many chances, and many of their shots were either straight at the keeper or lacked quality.스포츠토토
Son Heung-min continued to rise to the occasion whenever South Korea had a chance to score. Afterward, he swallowed his disappointment whenever he couldn’t convert. He even put his hands on his head to express his feelings. His desire to play was like a chimney. He even gave advice to Park Kyu-hyun, who was making his A-match debut in the second half.
In the end, Heung-min did not play. Both Heung-min and coach Klinsmann chose not to push him too hard. Heung-min will now focus on his recovery and hope to make his debut against El Salvador.