Son Heung-min claims that Brazil’s massive defeat was not the result of incompetence. Following a crushing defeat to Brazil in the round of 16 on Monday night in Qatar, Korean captain Son Heung-min justified his team’s performance, claiming that their best simply wasn’t good enough against the opponent with the highest ranking.
At Stadium 974 in Doha, Korea was eliminated from the FIFA World Cup after losing to Brazil 4-1. The Selecao scored all four goals in the opening period, with the lone Korean goal coming from substitute Paik Seung-ho in the second.
Son said in a televised interview, “We tried our best, but it was a very tough battle. “But to get this far, every player has fought valiantly. I don’t doubt anyone’s commitment or willingness to give something up.”
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Son continued, “I can only apologize to our supporters for not meeting their expectations. “But I hope they all comprehend the circumstances. Everyone on the team gave their best effort to prepare for this game.”
Son underwent surgery to repair multiple fractures around his left eye and then participated in the tournament wearing a protective mask. On November 1, he was involved in a collision with a rival player and suffered an injury. Three days later, he underwent surgery. On November 24, Son participated in his first World Cup game in Qatar.
Son is the only South Korean to score in three straight World Cups, joining retiring legend Park Ji-sung, who also failed to score in Qatar. He inspired the Taegeuk Warriors, even trying headers despite the possibility of severe facial injuries.
“I’m all right. Compared to what my players have been through, this is nothing, “Son, who participated in the knockout rounds for the first time, added.
Son said of the younger athletes who made their World Cup debuts in Qatar: “They must act consistently and responsibly while playing. I’m hoping that this is not the end for them and that they will continue to improve.” (Yonhap)