Midfielder Jeong Woo-yeong scored a last-minute equalizer as South Korea managed a 2-2 draw with Paraguay of their newest pre-World Cup pleasant match at house Friday.
Captain Son Heung-min scored his second free kick aim in as many matches within the second half at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, some 35 kilometers south of Seoul, as South Korea, ranked Twenty ninth, overcame a brace by Newcastle United midfielder Miguel Almiron for the Fiftieth-ranked guests.
Son Heung-min of South Korea celebrates his aim towards Paraguay through the international locations’ pleasant soccer match at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, 35 kilometers south of Seoul, on June 10, 2022. (Yonhap)
This was the third of 4 pleasant matches for the Twenty ninth-ranked South Korea in June. That they had misplaced to Brazil 5-1 on June 2 and beat Chile 2-0 on Monday.
They are going to wrap issues up by internet hosting Egypt in Seoul subsequent Tuesday.
South Korea head coach Paulo Bento lamented “unforced errors” within the draw.
“I feel that this was not a superb efficiency from our aspect,” Bento stated. “More often than not, we tried to have extra initiative, extra management of the sport. Nonetheless, we didn’t discover the perfect answer. We made too many errors.”
South Korea and Paraguay traded a couple of jabs, however neither aspect landed an enormous punch early on. Then Paraguay drew the primary blood on 23 minutes.
On a Paraguay counterattack alternative, South Korean heart again Jung Seung-hyun appeared to intercept a move supposed for Almiron because the ball rolled towards the field. However Almiron rapidly kicked into one other gear to select Jung’s pocket and rolled a left-footed shot into the fitting nook, previous goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo.
The opening aim appeared to offer Paraguay extra life, particularly of their counterattacks. South Korea seemed a bit discombobulated of their transition protection, and their passes within the attacking third misplaced the zip that they had earlier within the contest.
However South Korea got here inside inches of equalizing within the dying moments of the primary half, as Kim Jin-su’s header, arrange by Son Heung-min, solely discovered the woodwork. Within the ensuing scramble within the field, Na Sang-ho’s determined try hit the fitting aspect of the web.
Then about 5 minutes into the second half, Paraguay doubled their lead, courtesy as soon as once more of Almiron.
On yet one more counterattrack alternative, Almiron secured the ball exterior the fitting fringe of the field and curled a left-footed shot into the far nook for his second aim of the evening.
South Korea had been urgent exhausting for an equalizer, and their protection couldn’t get arrange correctly in transition.
Then on 66 minutes, captain Son Heung-min halved Paraguay’s lead together with his second free kick aim in as many matches. From simply exterior the field, the Premier League Golden Boot winner fired one into the highest left nook for his thirty third worldwide rating.
With the clock ticking down, substitute Jeong Woo-yeong volleyed house a pointy cross from Um Gained-sang to safe the dramatic draw as South Korea barely averted their first loss to Paraguay since 1986.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto stated he was “shocked” to see the match finish in a draw regardless of some good battle that his gamers put up towards the favored hosts.
“Total, this was a superb match. We had been capable of establish plenty of constructive facets for our staff,” Barros Schelotto stated. “Son Heung-min clearly had an impressive match. South Korea performed with plenty of pace, and so they pressed rather well.”