Korea Wraps up COVID-Hit Trip to Austria with Win over Qatar

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    November 18, 2020 11:31

    Korea defeated Qatar in a football friendly in Austria on Tuesday.

    The 2-1 victory came after Korea lost to Mexico in a previous match on Nov. 14, which went ahead after six Korean players and one coaching staff member tested positive for COVID-19 in the hours leading up to the match.

    A later round of testing found that one more staff member was infected, but the friendly against Qatar also went ahead as scheduled, as there were no additional infections among players.

    Hwang Hee-chan of RB Leipzig opened the scoring after just 16 seconds with the fastest goal ever for the Korean national team.

    Right after kickoff, Qatar's Boualem Khoukhi mishandled the ball and Hwang seized the chance to score.

    Hwang Hee-chan of RB Leipzig (far left) celebrates after scoring a goal in a friendly match against Qatar in Austria on Tuesday. /Courtesy of the Korea Football Association

    Qatar leveled the score in the eighth minute when Almoez Ali netted a goal after receiving a pass from Tarek Salman.

    But Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur and Hwang Ui-jo of FC Girondins de Bordeaux teamed up to put Korea back on top in the 35th minute, with Hwang scoring the winning goal off a headed pass from Son.

    The Korea Football Association said the eight players and staff members who tested positive for the virus would be flown back to Korea on a chartered flight.

    Son flew back to London right after the match on a chartered flight sent by Tottenham.

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