Now we’re in the round of 16.
After the final whistle of the match against Portugal, we waited for about 8 minutes. After the Uruguay-Ghana match, the players were cheering. Side by side, 1 win, 1 draw, 1 loss, 4 points and 0 goal difference. However, Korea won the round of 16 with a 4 goal lead (Uruguay’s 2 goals).
In fact, I used the phrase ‘miracle’ a lot when writing the article. It was clearly a dramatic production because it was impossible to move forward alone. The phrase ‘miracle’ was also appropriate. Furthermore, Uruguay’s final free kick scene was dizzying.
But looking at the numbers, it seems that reaching the round of 16 was not just a ‘miracle’. The numbers to be presented refer to the professional statistics of Foot Mob, Opta, and Football Reference.
Korean football has been entrusted to manager Paulo Bento for four years. I laughed and cried, but I prepared for the Qatar 2022 World Cup with coach Bento. This was the first time I prepared for the World Cup like this. That’s how the time of 4 years has come to fruition in the round of 16.
The proportion of the three group games of Korean football was 53.5% (the proportion provided by FIFA is lower because of competition). This is a record tied for 13th overall. On the World Cup stage, the share was more than 50%.
He was also 11th overall with 4.3 shots on target per game. Final third (highest offensive zone when the field is divided into three zones) was 7th overall with 6 per game, accurate crosses 2nd overall with 7.2 per game, and accurate long balls 6th overall with 33 per game.
It’s not over. Correct Passing was 15th with 390.5 per game, and Big Chance Creation was 10th overall with 4 per game. All the numbers in the offensive category showed numbers worthy of a round of 16.
The defensive section figures are at the bottom. For example, interceptions are 24th overall with 6.7 per game and goalie saves are 20th with 2.0 per game. Tackle success is 27th with 7.0 per game. The reason why the defense’s numbers are down is that it means they have more possession of the ball and have played aggressively.
Personal records are also great.
Hwang In-beom (Olympiacos) played the three games at full time and attempted 89 passes to the third final. This is the third time following Pedri from Spain (FC Barcelona, 100 times) and Rodrigo de Paul from Argentina (Atletico Madrid, 97 times). 61 out of 89 attempts were successful.
He is the star of the World Cup in Qatar. Cho Kyu-seong (Jeonbuk Hyundai) has established himself as the king of aerial balls. In the aerial competition, he won 18 balls and rose to first place. Second is Michael Estrada (Cruz Azul) from Ecuador in chapter 13. In particular, Cho Kyu-seong only played 196 minutes (excluding extra time) as a substitute in the first match against Uruguay, a record he left behind .
The numbers also speak for themselves. Korea moving to the round of 16 is no miracle, they say they are fully qualified.