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“Compared to Japan’s victory over Spain, a more indisputable and imposing victory”

On the morning of the 3rd (Korean time), a large national flag is displayed in the stands before the start of the match between Korea and Portugal in Group H of the 2022 Qatar World Cup group stage held at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar.


Chinese media are favorably commenting on Korea’s advance to the round of 16 after beating Portugal 2-1 in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on the 3rd (Korean time).

In an article evaluating the Korea-Portugal match that day, Titanmang said of Korea’s victory, “Compared to Japan’s victory over Spain by controversial VAR (video review) the day before, it was definitely more confident and more condescending. ” reported.

The media added, “Korea, which has always been strong in perseverance, has risen to the round of 16 just as confidently without being pushed back by Japanese soccer this time.”

The media cited the scene where Lee Kang-in’s corner kick in the first half was tied with Kim Young-kwon’s goal and tied 1:1 as the decisive moment.

Korea, which had scored 35% (12 out of 34 goals) of set pieces (played by free kicks and corner kicks) in the past 10 World Cups, failed to score set pieces each time in the first and second rounds of the group stage of this tournament. It was evaluated that the emphasis on peace was effective.

In addition, Phoenix Mang said that Korea pierced the ‘blood line’ in the ‘group of death’ in this tournament, and evaluated that “the Korean team’s tenacious will, team play, and tactical execution were sufficiently proven.”

The media went on to say that in Brazil, which will face South Korea in the round of 16, striker Anthony recently showed symptoms of a cold, and midfielder Lucas Paqueta and goalkeeper Alisson are not in good condition. ‘ I expected that there might be.

The media also added, “If Neymar (who was injured in the first game) can’t start, Korea will be more confident and rush to Brazil with all his might.”

On the morning of the 3rd (Korean time), Son Heung-min of the national team, who succeeded in advancing to the round of 16 by winning the 2022 Qatar World Cup Group H Group H game held at Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, won the match against Portugal and Korea, sat down on the ground after the game and raised his fist. holding on tight


Chinese media, “The best of Asian teams” before Uruguay

The Chinese media seemed to have been deeply impressed by Korea’s match against Uruguay earlier.

Titan Zhoubao, a sports media outlet, said, “Korea is probably the best team in the early stages of the game among the Asian teams that have played so far in this World Cup.” “From the moment the whistle blew, Uruguay pressed so hard that in the first few minutes Uruguay couldn’t even cross the half line,” he wrote.

In addition, the Hongxing newspaper evaluated that Korea showed adaptation to the intensity and fast rhythm of modern football. The newspaper evaluated that the real value of one point won against Uruguay is not low, although there were no goals, saying that the Korean players fiercely pushed the opponent and fought.

Meanwhile, some Chinese netizens posted a photo of a Korean player holding an opponent’s uniform under the title of ‘Korean trick’ on social media (SNS) Weibo, and this was also listed as a popular search term on Weibo. did.

However, in the comments of the post, there were quite a few rebuttals such as “The Korean team’s game was normal” and “Can’t you see that others are doing well? The opponent’s trick was worse.”



Chinese netizen “Why can’t we win”

China’s soccer fever is second to none in the world. However, there is not much connection with the World Cup.

On the 25th of last month, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reported an article titled “Weibo’s influencer cries and asks, ‘Why can’t we win’?”

China was the only team to qualify for the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, but failed to score a single goal and was eliminated from the group stage with 9 runs and 3 losses.

In 2011, Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed his wish for the Chinese national team to advance to the World Cup, host the World Cup, and win the championship.

Even if it is not until the championship, the possibility of returning to China to advance to the World Cup has increased.

In the 2026 World Cup, the number of participating countries will increase from 32 in this tournament to 48.

The number of tickets for the World Cup finals assigned to the Asian Football Confederation will increase from 4.5 to 8.5.

Reporter Kim Dong-pyo

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