I was looking forward to "Super Korean Day" Son, Hwang, Minjae, Kangin all failed
Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-2 against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 12th round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL) at 9:30 p.m. (Korea Standard Time) on the 11th. Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan played full time as starters for both teams, but failed to score offensive points.
Tottenham, without James Maddison and Mickey Vanderben, was expected to attack Wolverhampton, without Pedro Neto, the EPL's top assist, but failed to keep the early lead and lost two goals in extra time in the second half.
Korean fans were interested in Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan's match, but both players performed below expectations. In the 9th minute of the second half, Hwang Hee-chan missed a decisive goal by shooting an unrivaled shot in front of the net, and Son Heung-min also had a chance to score at the end of the second half, struggling with attacks that did not work out well throughout the game, but the shot was blocked by the defense, leaving a regret.
Football statistics sites Footmob and Sofa Score gave Hwang Hee-chan the lowest rating in the team, and Son Heung-min also received the lowest rating in the team.
In the match between Bayern Munich and Heidenheim, which took place at 11:30 pm on the 11th, immediately after the match between the two somewhat exhausted players, Kim Min-jae started as a starter. However, Kim Min-jae showed disappointment when he conceded consecutive goals in the 22nd and 25th minutes of the second half in a game where he was ahead 2-0. Both goals were deflected after hitting Kim Min-jae's foot, and in particular, in the case of the second goal, Kim Min-jae made a somewhat carefree pass and the ball was intercepted, resulting in a shot. Kim Min-jae tackled the ball to make up for his mistake, but it ended up being deflected and conceded.
Fortunately, Munich won 4-2 with consecutive goals from Rafael Guerreiro and Chu Moting in a 2-2 situation. However, Kim Min-jae's physical decline due to playing full-time for 14 consecutive games continued to be evident following the Champions League game last week.
In the Bundesliga game held at the same time, Jae-Sung Lee started as a starter in the game between Mainz and Darmstadt, but failed to record any attack points, and Stuttgart's Woo-Young Jung came on as a substitute in the game against Dortmund, but failed to post any attack points.
At 1 a.m. on the 12th, an away game was held against Paris Saint-Germain's Stade de Reims, where Lee Kang-in started the league for four consecutive games. Lee Kang-in formed an offensive line with Kylian Mbappe, Gonzalo Hamus, and Ousmane Dembele and played for 76 minutes until the 31st minute of the second half, but failed to record an attack point. He mainly played on the left side and even played as a zero-top player in the second half, but did not show any impressive performance except for a mid-range shot in the early part of the first half. PSG won 3-0 with Mbappe's hat trick.
In the end, it was a day when six Korean players from the big league played, including the match between Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan, the Bundesliga trio including Kim Min-jae, and Lee Kang-in, but no one performed satisfactorily. As much as expectations were high, it was the 'Korean Day' of European soccer that was bound to be disappointing.