After suffering a torn cruciate ligament, South Korean national team goalkeeper Kim Seung-kyu (Al Shabab) stared at the ground in disbelief. He was relieved when Hwang In-Beom scored a dramatic goal in stoppage time after being on the brink of defeat.
Kim Seung-kyu watched Korea’s second group match against Jordan at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup 카지노사이트 in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday (June 20) from the stands. He even came out to the stands in the second half.
The ‘Klinsmann’s Lake’ number one suffered an untimely ACL tear in training ahead of the game against Jordan. The loss of the longtime defense stalwart is a blow to South Korea, which is looking to win the tournament for the first time in 64 years.
Kim was scheduled to return home early to be with his family, but he was on hand to cheer on his teammates against Jordan.
South Korea took the lead in the first nine minutes when Son Heung-min scored a penalty kick. After scoring, Son impressed Kim Seung-gyu by lifting his jersey. Kim must have been grateful.
The joy was short-lived, however, as South Korea struggled against Jordan’s strong forward pressure, resulting in an own goal from Park Yong-woo in the 37th minute off a corner kick. From then on, the team was constantly under Jordanian pressure and conceded a late goal to Yazan Alnaimat in first-half stoppage time.
Frustrated, Kim came out to the stands on crutches and watched his teammates play in the second half, but his face darkened when the game didn’t go his way. He was dejected.
But his teammate was determined. Despite the difficult flow of the game, Kim Tae-hwan, who came on as a second-half substitute, drove down the flank with determination in the last minute and crossed. In the ensuing situation, Hwang In-beom’s left-footed shot hit the Jordanian defense and split the goal.
South Korea held on for a 2-2 draw with Jordan.
Kim Seung-gyu was forced to watch the game with a heavy heart after being sidelined with an injury. He was biting his lip in disappointment when South Korea missed a crucial equalizer from a free kick in second-half stoppage time.
However, he could take some solace in the fact that his teammates didn’t give up and fought to the end to secure a point.
Cho Hyun-woo, who started in goal for Kim Seung-gyu, made two saves early in the first half, but struggled with the Jordanian offense, conceding two goals. In the second half, he made one crucial mistake in the defensive zone, which will put even more pressure on his shoulders to fill the void left by Kim Seung-gyu.