South Korean national team captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) has expressed his desire for the team to become the best South Korean team ever.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s 24th-ranked South Korea national football team defeated 79th-ranked China 3-0 away from home in their second Group C match at the FIFA Confederations Cup North America 2026 Asian Qualifiers at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Guangdong, China, on Monday (June 21).
With their second consecutive win, South Korea (6 points) retained top spot in the group and continued their high-flying form with a fifth consecutive win in A matches.레모나토토 주소
It was a tricky trip to China, but Korea jumped out to a quick lead. In the 11th minute, Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) converted a penalty kick from Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers) to open the scoring.
South Korea widened the gap late in the first half. In the 45th minute, Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) headed in a corner kick from Son Heung-min to add to the lead. In the 42nd minute, Jeong Seung-hyun (Ulsan Hyundai) finished off a Son Heung-min free kick with a header to seal the 3-0 victory.
“We deserved all three points,” said Son Heung-min after the game, “We played a good game in front of a lot of Chinese fans.” “It was expected to be a difficult game away from home with a lot of Chinese fans, but we stayed calm and played well,” he added.
South Korea scored two goals on set plays. Son Heung-min led the way with a goal and an assist. “Set plays are great scoring opportunities, so we trained to create different options,” he said, “and I’m very happy to score with a header.”
South Korea will now look to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup next January. “We have players like Son Heung-min, Lee Kang-in, and Hwang Hee-chan who can make decisions up front, and in defense we have Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) and we look organized,” Klinsmann said, expressing confidence that “Korean football is at its peak with the best players.”
“Historically, South Korea has had a lot of great players,” said Son, adding that the team reached the quarterfinals of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, so it’s not like the current squad is the best ever. “We want to be the best team Korea has ever had,” he said, adding that he hopes to make history.