Korea Thrashes Turkmenistan in World Cup Qualifier

  • By Song Won-hyung

    June 07, 2021 09:21

    Korea beat Turkmenistan 5-0 in a match in the second round of Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on June 5.

    Korea, ranked 39th in the world, dominated 130th-ranked Turkmenistan from start to finish in the match held in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province.

    Hwang Ui-jo of FC Girondins de Bordeaux scored twice, and Nam Tae-hee of Qatari side Al-Sadd, Kim Young-gwon of Gamba Osaka and Kwon Chang-hoon of Suwon Samsung Bluewings scored a goal each.

    Hwang Ui-jo (right) celebrates with teammate Lee Jae-sung after scoring a goal in a World Cup qualifier against Turkmenistan in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province on June 5. /Yonhap

    Playing in the left wing position, national team captain Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur assisted in all three goals in the second half. "Son's skill and build-up play combined with his savvy, flicked finish capped off a flawless performance by the Taegeuk Warriors," FIFA wrote on its official website.

    Korea now leads its group including Lebanon, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka with 10 points from three wins and one draw, and a goal difference of 15. Lebanon has the same points but its goal difference is only 5. 

    Korea will face Sri Lanka and Lebanon at the same venue on Wednesday and on Sunday, respectively.

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