Hwang Hee-chan Tests Positive for Coronavirus

  • By Joo Hyung-sik

    November 19, 2020 11:12

    Hwang Hee-chan of RB Leipzig has tested positive for coronavirus, following a win against Qatar in a friendly in Austria on Tuesday. One more staff member of the Korean men's national football team also caught the virus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases among the team to 10.

    Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur (left) and other players celebrate with Hwang Hee-chan of RB Leipzig (center) after his goal in a friendly match against Qatar in Austria on Tuesday. /AP-Newsis

    The Korean players and coaching staff, who have been in the European country since last week for their two friendlies against Mexico and Qatar, underwent another round of coronavirus testing before being allowed to return to their respective club, after wrapping up the matches.

    Hwang, who is playing his first season for Leipzig in Germany's Bundesliga scored just 16 seconds into the match against Qatar, the fastest goal in the history of the Korean national team.

    Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur, who flew back to his club on a private jet as soon as the match ended, hugged Hwang after the forward netted Korea's opening goal, raising some concerns among his fans over whether the star player might be infected.

    Despite turning into a sudden ordeal due to the spate of coronavirus infections among players, their trip to Austria gave them a chance to play together for the first time in a long time.

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