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‘The largest audience since Corona’ Match A… Bentuho wins with Hwang Hee-chan’s goal

[서울=뉴스핌] Reporter Kim Yong-seok = Lake Bentu won the game with the largest number of spectators since Corona.

The Republic of Korea (FIFA Ranking 35th), led by coach Paulo Bento, defeated the ‘ranking 75th UAE (United Arab Emirates) 1-0 with the winning goal of Hwang Hee-chan in Group A of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Asian final qualifier held at Goyang Sports Complex on the 11th. With this, Korea ran undefeated in 5 matches (3 wins and 2 draws).

Hwang Hee-chan (No. 11), who scored the winning goal in the World Cup group stage match against the UAE, is happy to win with Son Heung-min. [사진= 로이터 뉴스핌]
Thousands of spectators. 85% of the capacity was filled, recording the largest number of spectators since Corona. [사진= 로이터 뉴스핌]

It was the first time in two years that the match was played with 100% affiliation. It is the first time in two years since the East Asia E-1 Championship Japan match in Busan in December 2019 that a match A was held 100% in Korea. Those who completed the COVID-19 vaccine and the spectators who tested negative for PCR (gene amplification) within 48 hours entered from 5 pm and waited for the game at 8 pm. A total of 31,152 spectators were officially counted on that day. 85% of the capacity of Goyang Sports Complex (35,000 people) was filled. It is the largest number of spectators for a single event in Korea since COVID-19.

On this day, Bentuho dominated the game by strongly pressing the UAE through a build-up. Instead of Hwang Ui-jo (Bordeaux), who was injured due to an injury, Jo Kyu-seong, who was 188 cm tall, took the top spot, and Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan, and Lee Jae-seong (Mainz) were placed in the second line of attack. Through a quick conversion and a sophisticated pass, he drove the UAE, which was shuddering in the harsh cold in early winter. In the center was the captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham). The opening goal came from Hwang Ui-chan (Wolverhampton) toe.

In the 35th minute of the first half, Hwang In-beom tripped over a defender and got a penalty kick, completely deceiving the opponent’s goalkeeper and shaking the right net. Hwang Hee-chan scored three goals in October alone and was selected as the ‘October Player’ by Wolverhampton fans. After that, Son Heung-min sprinted from the half line at the end of the first half and shot past three opposing defenders, but it hit the left post and came out.

In the second half, Son Heung-min tried several times for the opponent’s goal net, but to no avail. In the 29th minute of the second half, he was handed the ball to Jinsu Kim and took his head, but this time he hit the top of the goal and came out. The UAE aimed for a gap in Korea with a counterattack, but failed to score a goal.

[서울=뉴스핌] Reporter Choi Hyun-min = Citizens are waiting in line to enter the stadium. 2021.11.11 [email protected]

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