The goalkeeper wore the captain’s armband after 24-10 days. South Korea’s goalkeeper Kim Seung-kyu took control of the faltering defense, but could not prevent the team from losing.
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, faced Peru (ranked 21st in FIFA rankings) in the ‘Hana Bank Invitational National Team Friendly Match’ held at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium on the 16th at 8:00 pm and lost 0-0 to Guerrero. 1 lost 메이저놀이터
The Korean national team struggled from the beginning of the game. The newly tried combination on the defensive line was shaken. Then, in the 10th minute of the first half, Guerrero scored the first goal. Afterwards, the Korean national team aimed for Peru’s goal with a counterattack using Hwang In-beom, Hwang Hee-chan, and Lee Kang-in. In the 33rd minute of the first half, Lee Kang-in, who caught the ball from the right side of the penalty box, rolled it around with his left foot and hit it. However, the goalkeeper of Colombia Gajese swallowed the regret by knocking it out.
In the 10th minute of the second half, which showed frustrating performance, Cho Kyu-seong and Hong Hyun-seok were put in to try to change the attack. South Korea continued to attack using the left and right flanks. In the 27th minute of the second half, Hwang Hee-chan pierced the left side with a quick foot. Afterwards, he attempted a cross, and Lee Kang-in rushed in and connected it with a header, but the goalkeeper blocked it. In the 31st minute of the second half, this time, Cho Kyu-seong jumped up and tried to head a cross from Lee Kang-in from the right flank, but it missed the goal slightly. Korea put Hwang Eui-jo, Na Sang-ho, and Park Kyu-hyun in to turn the game around, adding strength to the attack, but the game ended without scoring.
On this day, captain Son Heung-min could not go to the field due to the aftermath of sports hernia surgery. For this reason, Kim Seung-gyu came to the game as captain. It is the first time in 2410 days since Kwon Soon-tae in the friendly against Canada in November 2016 that a goalkeeper has worn the captain’s armband in the Korean national team.
In a pre-interview, coach Klinsman said, “The most important thing in the national team is continuity and continuity. I want players like Kim Seung-gyu to show continuity with good leadership. There are many unexpected changes in the defensive line. But there is Kim Seung-gyu.”
In response, Kim Seung-gyu also showed confidence, saying, “I have been able to work with a different defensive line than usual. At times like this, I have to finish well. I will play a scoreless game,” and his confidence was expressed on the pitch. In the 5th minute of the first half, in front of the penalty box, Paolo Guerrero rolled a shot with his right foot and passed the dangerous situation with one hand. But then came a crisis. In the 10th minute of the first half, a pass from the left flank went to Reina. He hit it hard to the top right and it led to a goal.
After conceding a goal, Kim Seung-gyu kept shouting at the defense and read it. His shout brought stability to the shaky defense in the first half. There were several dangerous scenes in the second half, but they were well blocked. As the defense stabilized, Korea was able to go more aggressive. However, they failed to score, and Kim Seung-kyu, who wore the armband as the first captain, had to take comfort in not allowing additional runs.