Cho Kyu-sung (Mit Whelan), who suffered from all kinds of criticism due to his poor performance in the group stage of the 2023 Asian Cup in Qatar, became a hero by rescuing Klinsmann, who was on the edge of the cliff.
South Korea’s national soccer team, led by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, succeeded in advancing to the quarterfinals with a 4-2 victory over Saudi Arabia in the round of 16 of the tournament at Education City Stadium in Alayyan, Qatar, on the 31st (Korea time).
Saudi Arabia led the game 1-0 with Abdullah Radif’s goal in the first minute of the second half. At a time when Korea was losing ground as more than eight out of 10 minutes of extra time did not score a goal, Cho Kyu-sung scored a dramatic header to make it 1-1. If it had been like the past when the extra time was about five minutes at the most, it would have been a game that would have lost, but a theater goal could have been made as FIFA revised it to add up the time delayed during the game to give extra time. Korea entered overtime with Cho Kyu-sung’s goal and ended up in a draw, and won 4-2 in the penalty shootout to advance to the quarterfinals.
Cho played as a starting striker in all three group matches, but was under heavy criticism from fans due to his poor performance in which he repeatedly missed out on scoring opportunities. Some media outlets that bombarded with provocative stories also staged a witch hunt against Cho. Criticism mounted as TV entertainment programs that Cho recorded in the past were aired.
However, Cho confidently overcame criticism by scoring his ninth goal in the A-match series. He rewarded his trust by Coach Klinsmann, who faithfully deployed him by swinging the net with his signature high-scoring header.
Education City Stadium, where the match was held on the day, was a place where Cho scored two goals in the second group match against Ghana in Qatar. Cho said he only found out when he arrived at the stadium that it was the land of promise. “I came to the stadium and thought it was a stadium that I had seen a lot of times, so I asked (Hwang) Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) about it and he said it was a game against Ghana. As soon as I heard it, I thought it was done and laughed to myself.”
Cho, who replaced Lee Jae-sung (Mints) in the 19th minute of the second half, said, “I prepared for it thinking that I would get in under any circumstances,” adding, “I was disappointed (that I could not score) until now. Now I felt that I have scored a goal.” Asked if he must have suffered a lot, Cho said with a smile, “Honestly, I didn’t suffer much,” adding, “I liked having time to focus on myself during the training session. It was nice to have focused on myself as I tried to focus on myself.” 헤라카지노주소
Cho Kyu-sung said, “When (Lee) Kang-in crossed earlier, I thought, ‘It’s done,’ but unfortunately, I thought, ‘One more will come next time,'” he said. “The moment (Seol) Young-woo gave me, I think I thought, ‘Now it’s a goal.'” Against Australia, the opponent of the quarterfinals, he said, “The players are very tall, and I will try my best.”