Korea Beats Syria with Son Heung-min's Last-Minute Goal in World Cup Qualifier

  • By Sung Jin-hyuk, Song Won-hyung

    October 08, 2021 09:39

    Son Heung-min (left) and Kim Min-jae share a hug after a match against Syria in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province on Thursday.

    Son Heung-min and Hwang In-beom scored a goal each to lead Korea to a 2-1 victory over Syria in the third match of the final round of Asian Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Thursday.

    The win in the home match in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province leaves Korea with seven points from one draw and two wins. Korea drew 0-0 with Iraq and beat Lebanon 1-0 in home matches last month.

    Korea, which is grouped with five Middle Eastern countries, is scheduled to play 10 home and away matches in all. The top two teams in each group advance to the World Cup.

    Hwang opened the scoring in the 48th minute, and captain Son scored the winning goal in the 89th minute with the game tied 1-1.

    "We had a difficult match today, as we failed to convert many chances. I was given the last chance thanks to my teammates," Son said.

    The national team will leave for Teheran on Saturday, ahead of their fourth match against Iran on Tuesday. 

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