“The mood is not good because of me.”

With Klinsmann’s 2-2 draw against Jordan after a struggle, Park Yong-woo, who allowed the tie with an unexpected own goal, bowed his head.

South Korea’s national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, drew 2-2 in the second Group E match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup against Jordan at Altumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 20th (Korea time).

As a result, Korea ranked second in the group with four points (1 win, 1 draw, and gains and losses +2). Jordan, like Korea, has four points but remained at the top of Group E ahead of Korea in terms of gains and losses.

On the day, the Korean national team garnered the first goal by “captain” Son Heung-min. However, Park Yong-woo scored a header own goal at a corner kick in the 38th minute of the first half, sending the mood to Jordan.

He gave up a come-from-behind goal just before the end of the first half, and Hwang In-beom’s shot in the extra time of the second half led to the opponent’s defense’s own goal, narrowly avoiding defeat.

In an interview after the game, Park said, “I was playing well, but I think I turned the mood into a bad one. I feel so sorry for the players, the coaching staff, and the fans.”

“I’m so glad that I didn’t lose because the players worked hard,” he said. “All the players reflect on the game we played today. I admit that I did wrong. I told them to focus on their training and life so that they can play better next time.”

In the final Group E match on the 25th, South Korea will face Malaysia, led by head coach Kim Pan-gon, and Jordan will face Bahrain.


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