‘The Beginning of the Generation Change’, the performance of the ‘young guns’ who shone even in a draw!

It marked the beginning of a generational shift. Klinsmanho’s ‘first win’ promised the next, but the performance of the ‘young guns’ was impressive.

The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, drew 1-1 with El Salvador in a friendly match for the Hana Bank invited national team held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium at 8:00 pm on the 20th. With this, the national team finished the evaluation match in June with 1 draw and 1 loss. In addition, in the 4 A-matches played since Klinsman took over as manager, they recorded 2 draws and 2 losses.

Korea started the game with a 4-2-3-1 formation. With Cho Kyu-seong at the forefront, Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Jae-seong, and Lee Kang-in in the second line. Hwang In-beom and Park Yong-woo worked together in the 3rd line, and Kim Jin-soo, Park Ji-soo, Jeong Seung-hyun and Seol Young-woo formed the back 4. The goalkeeper’s gloves were worn by Kim Seung-gyu. The “youngest brother” Lee Kang-in, who played an active part in the last game against Peru, and Seol Young-woo, who is making his A-match debut, were named on the starting list.

Throughout the first half, Korea dominated El Salvador. In particular, Seol Young-woo and Lee Kang-in showed good performances. Seol Young-woo played an active role in both offense and defense on the right flank. He exchanged passes with Hwang Hee-chan in the 5th minute of the first half, creating Lee Jae-sung’s shooting chance. When he was attacking, he showed enthusiasm to rise high and get into the box. In the 37th minute of the first half, when Kim Jin-soo was injured and the game was stopped, ‘captain’ Son Heung-min was caught on camera giving instructions to Seol Young-woo.  

‘Ace’ Lee Kang-in also showed off his splendor. In the 13th minute of the first half, Lee Kang-in, who got the ball by mistake of his opponent, gave a sensuous out-front pass to the rushing Cho Kyu-seong, receiving cheers from the crowd. His unique depressurization ability also shined. Lee Kang-in skillfully escaped the opponent’s pressure by switching left and right. Lee Kang-in also showed his sharp kicking ability. He had three shots 먹튀검증from near the opponent’s box, although he didn’t score.

In the second half, substitute Hwang Eui-jo scored the first goal, giving Korea the lead. Korea, who took the lead, replaced Young Guns. In the 12th minute of the second half, Park Yong-woo and Kim Jin-su came out, and Hong Hyun-seok and Park Kyu-hyun were substituted. In the 25th minute of the second half, Oh Hyun-gyu came in instead of Cho Kyu-seong, and the majority of the players were young. Out of 11 players, 5 players under the age of 24 participated. The fighting young players harassed El Salvador through strong pressure. Park Gyu-hyun, Hong Hyun-seok, and Oh Hyun-gyu all showed a reckless appearance based on their vigorous activity. In the 28th minute of the second half, Oh Hyeon-gyu and Lee Kang-in’s linked play and Park Kyu-hyeon and Oh Hyeon-gyu’s cross-play continued. The ’01’s’ players combined attack opportunities.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw with a header from a free kick in the 42nd minute of the second half. Unfortunately, he didn’t win, but according to ‘FotMob’, a football statistics media, Lee Kang-in, who played full-time, was selected as the best player in the game with a rating of 7.6 points. Seol Young-woo also performed well in his A-match debut, recording 64 accurate passes (93%) and 5 accurate long passes (100%). 

It is Korea that has not recorded a victory in this two consecutive matches with the homework of ‘lack of decisiveness’. However, even in the bitter draw, there was a harvest. I could see the passion of the players who will be the main players in the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America. The beginning of a full-fledged generational shift was announced at the El Salvador match. We look forward to the future performance of the ‘Young Gun’ players who will be responsible for Korea’s future.

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