Two days before the game against Uruguay, recovery of sense of real game
“All that remains is to win,” said Hwang Hee-chan in indoor training
The Korean national soccer team was highly encouraged by Saudi Arabia’s performance. He showed confidence and prepared for the decisive match against Uruguay.
On the afternoon of the 22nd (local time), the national team led by coach Paulo Bento shed tears at the Al Egla training ground in Doha, Qatar. Just two days before Uruguay and the first group H match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar World Cup group stage, he focused on restoring his sense of realism.
At the Lusail Stadium right before training, Saudi Arabia won the first match of Group C in the group stage against champions Argentina 2-1. It was the biggest surprise in the tournament and the first victory of an Asian country.
The players gave a lot of meaning to it. Left fullback Kim Jin-soo said, “As everyone knows, football is a game where strong teams can lose and weak teams can win.” He continued, “I think the only thing left is to prepare well and win (to Uruguay) as many people want.”
In fact, the players were highly motivated. After listening to Bento’s explanation with a determined expression, they let out a loud sound and started training. The field players were divided into four groups and refined basic movements, such as stealing the ball, and checked various air defense tactics.
Son Heung-min, who is recovering from an orbital fracture, participated in all training sessions. He trained indoors only for Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), who had an uncomfortable left hamstring (muscle behind the thigh). He is said to have felt uncomfortable even after coming to Doha. There is a high possibility that Na Sang-ho, who has a lot of activity, or Song Min-gyu, who has an excellent break-through ability, will start in the match against Uruguay instead.
Reporter Lee Jong-gil [email protected]
Source: 아시아경제신문 실시간 속보 by www.asiae.co.kr.
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