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‘EPL 22 goal duo’

Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan, take responsibility for victory against Jordan

Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan are happy after the match between Korea and Australia in the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup quarterfinals held at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar on the 2nd (local time) .

Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) are the most powerful weapons possessed by Korean soccer.

Those from Chuncheon, Gangwon-do are dominating the English Premier League (EPL) stage.

While Son Heung-min, who has been playing in the EPL for 9 seasons, has been recognized as a 'world-class goaltender', Hwang Hee-chan, a junior who entered the EPL in the 2021-2022 season, has shown performance comparable to Son Heung-min this season.

Son Heung-min ranks 4th in the EPL scoring rankings with 12 goals, while Hwang Hee-chan ranks 7th with 10 goals.

The total number of goals scored this season in the EPL, the world's best stage, is 22.

However, the two did not show as much scoring power as expected in the early and middle stages of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup, where Korean soccer is attempting to win its first championship in 64 years.

The 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup quarterfinals match between Korea and Australia held at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar on the 2nd (local time).Son Heung-min is celebrating with Hwang Hee-chan after scoring a comeback goal in the first half of overtime.

Hwang Hee-chan, who started the tournament with an injury, entered the Asian Cup as a substitute only in the third group match against Malaysia.

He was also brought on as a substitute in the round of 16 against Saudi Arabia, and both games were scoreless.

Son Heung-min played the full time in every game, but he did not score as many goals as expected.In the group stage, he only scored two goals from penalty kicks.

Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan only began to show their destructive power in the quarterfinals against Australia.

In extra time of the second half, Hwang Hee-chan successfully took a penalty kick taken by Son Heung-min, sending the game into overtime.

In the first half of extra time, Son Heung-min finished off a free kick earned by Hwang Hee-chan after making an aggressive breakthrough with a fantastic right-footed curled direct shot, scoring the winning goal for a 2-1 comeback.

Korea, which dramatically advanced to the semifinals, competes to advance to the finals against Jordan.

As the previous two games were played for 120 minutes, it is necessary to finish the game within 90 minutes this time to reduce physical consumption as much as possible.

Neither Son Heung-min nor Hwang Hee-chan scored a field goal in this tournament.

If the 'Chuncheon Duo', which started to heat up in the match against Australia, shows off its firepower from the match against Jordan, the possibility of Klinsmann-ho winning the Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years will increase.

In particular, if Son Heung-min, who is good at driving forward, scores multiple goals in the match against Jordan, he can challenge for the tournament's top scorer.

Currently, Son Heung-min is tied for 4th place in the scoring ranking with 3 goals, along with Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) and Iran's Mehdi Taremi.

The first place is Iraq's Ayman Hussein (6 goals), but the team has already been eliminated in the round of 16.

Among Iraq's Akram Afif, who tied for second place with 4 goals, and Japan's Ayase Ueda, only Afif survived.
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