Captain Son Heung-min, 31, shared his thoughts.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s South Korea national soccer team defeated Singapore 5-0 on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in their second qualifying match for the FIFA Confederations Cup North America 2026.
Captain Son Heung-min remained unchanged in the starting lineup. He played alongside Cho Kyu-sung in a two-man frontline and led the attack alongside Lee Kang-in, Hwang Hee-chan, and others to secure the win.
After the game, Son Heung-min said, “It wasn’t an easy game regardless of the result. The players’ dedication and hard work paid off. It was a good training match. The first step is the most important, but I think we should forget about this and prepare for the next one 아톰카지노.”
Son Heung-min scored the team’s third goal in the 17th minute of the second half, after goals from Cho Kyu-sung and Hwang Hee-chan had given Korea a 2-0 lead. It was Son’s “trademark” goal. Son picked up the ball near the right side of the penalty box and rattled the net with a sensational left-footed curling kick.
“I’ve practiced (the situation) a lot and I’m always confident in that position,” Son said. It may be a habit, but I was confident because I had practiced so much, and even today, when I saw the trajectory and speed, I felt good and thought it would go in,” he said.
Son Heung-min delighted the fans by linking up with Lee Kang-in on several occasions. “As a soccer player, it’s a good thing to be interesting to people. I’m thankful that the fans like him because he feels responsible. I’m happy to see him growing every moment on the field, and I think he’s a player who deserves to grow even more in the future.”
“His talent is unbelievable. He should be able to enjoy playing soccer as much as he does now. Everyone should prevent him from being ruined by the pressure. I will help him a lot from the sidelines.”
Son Heung-min complained of pain in the second half when he was knocked down by a rough foul from an opponent. “I don’t like to lie on the field for a long time, but I felt a little numb. I’m fine now. I’m not the only one. Every player has a little injury. It’s a childhood dream to be called up and play for the national team, and the World Cup is a process, so I can’t give up just because I’m sick. If I’m able to play, I’ll do my best to play,” he said, emphasizing his responsibility.
On the day of the match, it was the day of the college math exam. Heung-min said to the test takers, “You have suffered so much, and I hope you will pursue your dreams regardless of the results. I hope you have the courage to make mistakes and learn from them,” he said.
“There were a lot of fans at the stadium, and it was cold and rainy, so I’m very grateful. It’s a great honor to play in front of our fans. They are the reason why we played a good game, and they are the reason why soccer players exist. I want to repay their support in the future,” he said.
After defeating Singapore, South Korea will travel to China for the second leg on Nov. 21. China is always a tough opponent for South Korea. Son Heung-min said, “I think every moment of soccer is going to be rough. We talk about being tough when we play strong teams. In Asia, they definitely play tough, and it’s a tactic. We’re not going to be swayed by those plays and focus on what we can do.”