Hero’ Hwang Hee-chan’s secret to PK, “I kicked confidently because I made a lot of effort.”

A penalty kick given just before the end of the game. Hwang Hee-chan’s hard shot cut the net. Thanks to that, the game went to extra time, and Korea eventually won.꽁머니환전

The national soccer team, led by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, beat Australia 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup at Al-Zanup Stadium in Alwakra, Qatar, at 0:30 a.m. on the 3rd (Korea time).

Hwang Hee-chan was the biggest contributor to the victory. Hwang Hee-chan scored the equalizer as a penalty kicker just before the end of the match, when his team was trailing 0-1. If he failed to score, the match could end as it was. It was a burdensome situation, but Hwang Hee-chan kicked the ball hard.

After the match, Hwang Hee-chan said, “I told (Son) Heung-min I wanted to kick it, and he said okay right away,” adding, “I have a lot of responsibility for every move I play as a national team player. Of course, I think I thought it wasn’t my only shot in the penalty kick. All the people were cheering for me. It was a moment when all these things were included, including the efforts of our team members. I thought I would focus more and finish it unconditionally, but I was very happy that I finished it well.”

The secret to a strong-minded penalty is also ‘training’. Hwang Hee-chan said, “I thought if there was a little pressure, I shouldn’t kick it. Of course, I was confident, and I was able to step up and kick with confidence because I had a lot of effort and preparation before kicking it.”

It was not just that. Hwang Hee-chan was tackled by Australian midfielder Aidan O’Neill just before the end of the first half of extra time. O’Neill was eventually sent off. Hwang Hee-chan gave Korea a numerical advantage. Thanks to that, Korea played the remaining 15 minutes relatively easily.

Hwang Hee-chan said, “It hurt so much, but I think it was a much more advantageous situation for us to play overtime as a team in the area where we were able to have a numerical advantage. It hurt, but I think it was okay after time.”

Klinsmann will clash with Jordan for the final at midnight on the 7th. Hwang Hee-chan said, “First of all, I’m so happy that I haven’t thought about the next game yet, but I think I need to do well from recovery. And in order to achieve the goal we wanted, we must overcome the next game. We are ready for that and I think we deserve it. I will prepare well for the rest of the year and try to bring better scenes, fun soccer, and better results. Please show a lot of support for the remaining two games.”

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