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Son Heung-min voiced his remorse after drawing 3-3 with Malaysia in the final Group E match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, kick-off at Al-Wakra Al-Zanub Stadium in Qatar on the 25th.
South Korea led the way with Jung Woo-young's header score in the 21st minute of the first half, but conceded two goals in the 17th minute of the second half, allowing a 1-2 turnaround. Lee Kang-in's fantastic free-kick hit Hazumi, Malaysia, and tied again, and Son Heung-min's penalty kick (PK) goal in the extra time of the second half turned the game back into a 3-2 tie. However, it was a 3-3 draw after giving up the equalizer to Morales just before the end of extra time.
"I didn't want this outcome. I felt a lot when I saw my opponent fight endlessly. It is important to prepare for the victory with better performance," said Son Heung-min, who met in the mixed zone after the match.
"I didn't order anything from the coach. He moved a lot and demanded space penetration, so I tried to do so. Man of the Match (MOM) doesn't mean much. I'm just thinking about how the players should perform well," he added.
It was not a loss, but the team lost three goals to Malaysia, which was ranked 130th in the FIFA rankings. Although the team was tied, the team seems to have lost. "It was helpful to quickly learn things that were not good in the group league," Son said. "The team strengthened after overcoming difficulties in the 2018 Asian Games. I think we can achieve solid performance through such games. I hope the players take more responsibility."
Finally, he said, "We have to develop in every part. The finishing pass, cross, and shot in the penalty box should be clean. The same goes for defense. We have to reduce the number of runs. It's not one problem in particular. Mental strength is more important than tactical issues. I will supplement it while preparing for the round of 16."
Monday, January 29, 2024