NT Lost to Mexico by 1-2 with SON Heungmin Scoring One Goal
Date : 2018.06.25
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Although Team Korea was desperate, victory was not theirs.
Korea Republic National Football Team lead by head coach SHIN Taeyong lost at the 2nd round of group stage match with Mexico of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which was held at Rostov Arena, Russia on the 24th. Although SON Heungmin scored a goal at the extra time for the second half, Team Korea lost to Mexico after losing two points. Korea Republic has played fiercely with their yearning for victory after their defeat to Sweden at the first round, but lost in two consecutive games, leaving the last match with Germany.
Team Korea kicked off with 4-4-2 formation against Mexico instead of the 4-3-3 formation, which was used at the match with Sweden. SON Heungmin(Tottenham Hotspur) and LEE Jaesung(Jeonbuk Hyundai) played at the front, followed up by HWANG Heechan(FC Red Bull Salzburg) and MOON Seonmin(Incheon UTD) at both sides and KI Sungyueng(Swansea City) and JU Sejong(Asan Mugunghwa) in the middle. KIM Minwoo(Sangju Sangmu), KIM Younggwon(Guangzhou Evergrande), JANG Hyunsoo(Tokyo FC) and LEE Yong(Jeonbuk Hyundai) were placed at the defense line with JO Hyeonwoo(Daegu FC) keeping the goal post.
Korea Republic managed to defend Mexico at the beginning of the match but lost a point by penalty kick again. At 24’ of the first half JANG Hyunsoo conceded a handling penalty within the penalty box and Carlos Vela scored a goal at 26’. Despite the constant shootings from SON Heungmin, the first half ended by the score of 0-1.
The match went fiercer at the second half. Although KI Sungyueng was pushed down by a Mexican player at 26’ of the second half, the referee did not blow his whistle and the ball was passed to Lozano. Receiving the pass from Lozano at the left side of the penalty area, Hernandez successfully scored a goal.
Losing two points, Team Korea went desperate to score a goal. But HWANG Heechan’s shooting at 25’ of the second half was blocked by Ochoa. At 30’, Team Korea lost their opportunity to score a goal from Mexico’s mistake when HWANG Heechan passed the ball to SON Heungmin after intercepting the ball.
At 3’ of the extra time after the second half, SON Heungmin’s shoot finally hit the net with his left foot. Despite of Team Korea’s effort to score an additional goal, the match ended by the score of 1-2.
<2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 2nd round of Group Stage match for Group F (June 24th, Rostov Arena, Russia)>
Korea Republic 1-2 Mexico
Goals: Vela(26’ PK), Hernandez(66’), SON Heungming(90+3’)
Squad: JO Hyeonwoo(GK) - KIM Minwoo(84’ to HONG Chul), KIM Younggwon, JANG Hyunsoo, LEE Yong - HWANG Heechan, KI Sungyueng, JU Sejong(64’ to LEE Seungwoo), MOON Seonmin(77’ to JUNG Wooyoung) - SON Heungmin, LEE Jaesung