The son of the ‘Chuncheon Duo’, Heung-min (Tottenham) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), who led Korean football to the World Cup round of 16 after 12 years, are now racing towards the quarter-finals ever World Cup away from home.
The Korean national football team, led by coach Paulo Bento, will play the round of 16 of the Qatar 2022 World Cup against the ‘strongest’ Brazil at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar at 4 am (Korea time) on the 6th. Previously, on the 3rd, Korea won the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H stage 2-1 from behind thanks to Hwang Hee-chan’s come-from-behind goal following Son Heung-min’s assist in the second half of extra time in the third and final game of the group stage. With 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss (4 points), Korea advanced to the round of 16 in second place in the group following Portugal (2 wins, 1 loss, 6 points).
The national team’s winning goal, which saw them progress to the round of 16 after 12 years, came from the feet of the ‘Chuncheon Duo’. In the second half of extra time, Son Heung-min of ‘Wolcle’ broke through, kept a goal, and a quick pass, and Hwang Hee-chan’s fierce shooting broke through the solid Portuguese defense leading to victory. Now, the national team will meet Brazil, who finished first in Group G with 2 wins and 1 loss, on the way to the quarter-finals. If Korea defeat Brazil, they will achieve the great feat of advancing to the quarter-finals of the World Cup away from home for the first time in history. The 2002 Korea-Japan tournament was the only time Korean football reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup. If Korea defeats Brazil, there is a possibility of a ‘Korea-Japan game’ as the quarter-finals will be played with the winner of the match between Japan and Croatia, which starts earlier on the same day .
A one-and-done fight with no backs. With both teams going into an all-out war, it is true that Brazil is way ahead of Korea in terms of objective strength. The previous record of both teams is 1 win, 1 draw and 7 losses, and Korea is completely inferior. However, there are clearly gaps in Brazil at this World Cup. First of all, compared to other positions, the side defense is particularly weak due to player injuries. In the end, the way Bento can shake the net is the space behind this side, and the main characters will probably be the ‘Chuncheon Duo’ Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee -chan, as in the match against Portugal.
It is difficult for Hwang Hee-chan to start because he is still not in 100% physical condition, but if he is put in as a joke in the second half as a striker on the right side, like in the match against Portugal, he can shake the net again by breaking new ground with speed and power. According to data released by Grace Note, a Nielsen-affiliated data company in the United States, the chance of Korea passing the round of 16 was calculated at 23%. ‘Chuncheon Duo’ goes on another rebellion to break through the odds. Shim Ye-seop ▶ Related articles, pages 2·24