Korean derby failed… Heung-min Son replaced Hee-chan Hwang.

The first match of the English Premier League (EPL) season between Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), the leading strikers of Korean football, which had been expected, did not take place.

Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton played the third round of the 2022-2023 EPL season at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England on the 20th at 8:30 pm (Korean time).

Tottenham won 1-0 thanks to Harry Kane’s winning goal in the 19th minute of the second half.

This day’s match drew attention as to whether Heung-Min Son and Hee-Chan Hwang would meet for the first time of the season.

But it didn’t work out. Son Heung-min started and played 76 minutes until the 31st minute of the second half, while Hwang Hee-chan was excluded from the starting list.

Hwang Hee-chan came on as a substitute in the 36th minute of the second half, five minutes after Son Heung-min went on as a substitute. He made a few aggressive breakthroughs like a bull, but there wasn’t enough time to raise his attack points.

Son Heung-min struggled in the first half, but found the flow by actively participating in the attack early in the second half. In the 17th minute of the second half, he hit the post and got involved in Kane’s goal as the kicker from the 19th minute corner set piece.

Whoscored.com, a European soccer specialist, gave Son Heung-min a rating of 6.5 and Hwang Hee-chan a 6.0.

The two met for the first time in the League Cup round of 32 in September last year, and met for the second time in the 25th round of the 2021-2022 season in February this year. The third match has been postponed to a later date.

Coincidentally, the two have not been able to increase their attacking points since their help in the season opener. Heung-Min Son assisted against Southampton and Hee-Chan Hwang assisted against Leeds United.

Tottenham won after a struggle and reported their second win (1 draw and 7 points), while Wolverhampton failed to hunt for their first win with 1 draw and 2 losses (1 point).


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