Monday, December 5, 2022

Son Shines As Cameroon Lose To South Korea In World Cup Warm-Up

Son Heung-min scored for the second straight match on Tuesday to give South Korea a 1-0 home victory over Cameroon in their latest World Cup tune-up.

The Spurs striker headed the ball home after a shot from Kim Jin-su was deflected by goalkeeper Andre Onana in the 35th minute.

South Korea hung on for the win in front of 59,000 fans at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

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On Friday, Korean skipper Son netted a free-kick in a 2-2 draw against Costa Rica.

With the World Cup less than two months away, South Korea’s Portuguese coach Paulo Bento was pleased with the workout.

“In general, we made a good game, better in the first half, when we had good chances to score,” he said.

“It was a good game and a fair victory,” he added.

South Korea are in Group H at the World Cup with Uruguay, Ghana, and Portugal.

The home side had the first attempt of the game when Lee Jae-sung’s diving effort in the fifth minute forced a difficult save from Onana.

Cameroon are also Qatar-bound and they threatened in the 26th minute when Moumi Ngamaleu fired a right-footed shot over.

The visitors nearly levelled the score in the 43rd minute when Bryan Mbeumo’s effort ricocheted off the body of defender Kwon Kyung-won and struck the crossbar.

South Korea had a chance to double their lead two minutes into the second half but Jeong Woo-Yeong’s header sailed over the net.

The Cameroonians’ push for an equaliser proved futile, with Olivier Ntcham sending his left-footed shot wide in the 51st minute.

Goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu helped the Koreans keep Cameroon at bay, proving up to the task when Martin Hongla tested him in the 70th minute.

Son came close to grabbing a brace with an 87th-minute free-kick but the shot landed on top of the goal netting.

Cameroon’s coach Rigobert Song said he was proud of his side, who face Brazil, Serbia, and Switzerland in Group G at the World Cup.

“I think we have rediscovered our fighting spirit,” said Song, who saw his team lose 2-0 to Uzbekistan last week in South Korea.

“South Korea are a great team. If we hadn’t played well, they would have scored more goals.

“It was a good experience for us to play such a strong team.”

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