Korea, led by coach Jürgen Klinsmann, won 2-1 against Australia in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Qatar held at Al-Zanub Stadium in Al-Wakra, Qatar at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. Korea advanced to the semifinals, while Australia was eliminated from the tournament.
On the day, Korea was losing 0-1 until the end of the game. However, Korea had superstar Son Heung-min. Son scored a penalty kick in the 51st minute of the second half, two minutes before the end of extra time in the second half. This led to Hwang Hee-chan’s goal. Later in the second half, he kicked a fantastic free kick and scored a come-from-behind goal. Thanks to this, the team was able to advance to the semifinals by winning the game.
Son Heung-min is also recognized in the English Premier League, one of the best stages in the world. It is not unfamiliar that such a player plays well in the Asian Cup. However, given the playing time he is currently playing, Son’s performance is unrealistic.
Son Heung-min played for 510 minutes as the quarterfinals of the tournament are underway. Three group matches and two tournaments in the round of 16 and quarterfinals. This is the result of 30 minutes of extended blood fighting in two tournament matches.
Currently, no player has played more hours than Son. For Lee Kang-in, Seol Young-woo, Kim Min-jae, Harry Sutta, and Jackson Irvin (Australia) also played a little less time than Son.
In addition, Son Heung-min played more time than expected. The statistics did not count additional time and wasted time. Considering that players walk or run even when it is not during inflation, it is not an exaggeration to say that Son is simply superhuman.
When there is a physical load, it becomes difficult to play one by one. Even in such a situation, Son Heung-min led the team to victory by inducing one goal and one PK. This is why it has to be said that Son Heung-min’s performance is unrealistic.