Earned goal saved Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in”

As the South Korean national soccer team ended up in a “sweat draw” against Jordan, foreign media around the world also shed light on it. It is said that South Korea narrowly avoided defeat thanks to its own goal in extra time and a situation in which another major event almost occurred at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup due to its disappointing performance.

Spain’s As said on Monday, “This Asian Cup is full of extraordinary events. Jordan also almost beat Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s Korea. His own goal in the 91st minute (extraordinary time in the second half) saved Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain).”

The media said, “Jordan bravely stood up against South Korea led by Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in. In the end, South Korea failed to break down Jordan’s wall,” adding, “South Korea pressed Jordan throughout the second half, but it was already running out of stamina.” Jordan defended persistently, but like fate, it scored an own goal just before the end of the game, and the game ended in a draw.”

France’s Foot Mercato also quickly reported on the news of Korea’s draw against Jordan, which was considered a strong contender for the championship. “Jordan frustrated South Korea led by Lee Kang-in and Son Heung-min,” the media said. “Their favorite was only a 2-2 draw with Jordan. South Korea was active in the second half of the day, but was not productive. It only managed to balance itself with the opponent’s own goal, but failed to break the balance in the end.”

In Japan, the news of Korea’s draw with Jordan made headlines. Japanese soccer also suffered a shock 1-2 defeat in the second group match against Iraq on the 19th. Soccer media Soccer Digest said, “It was on the verge of another historical unexpected event the day after Japan’s match against Iraq. Jordan gave up the lead in the second half but blocked the run with fighting spirit and concentration. However, it failed to win against Korea for the first time by giving up an own goal in extra time and tied the game 2-2. Jordan lost 1-6 to Japan just before the Asian Cup, and although there was a lot of distrust in the national team’s defense at the time, Jordan’s analysis was that it was able to take a good look at defense problems through the warm-up match with Japan.”

Earlier, South Korea, led by head coach Klinsmann, drew 2-2 with Jordan in the second Group E match of the tournament at Altumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on the 20th. Son Heung-min’s early goal broke the balance, but the defense collapsed, allowing consecutive runs since the middle of the first half, driving him to the brink.

South Korea, which was hardly able to score a goal even after pressing its opponent in the second half, narrowly avoided defeat as Hwang In-beom’s shot (Tsurvena Zvezda) led to the opponent’s own goal in the extra time. In the FIFA rankings, South Korea is 23rd and Jordan is 87th. If it beat Jordan, South Korea could have confirmed its advance to the round of 16 regardless of the results of the final match, but the match to confirm the round of 16 will continue until the final match against Malaysia on the 25th.


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