Jürgen Klinsmann was furious with Singapore’s rough play.
Klinsmann’s men’s national team defeated Singapore 5-0 on Saturday at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in the second qualifying match for the FIFA Confederations Cup North America 2026.
It was a dominant performance. South Korea controlled the game from the start. But the goals didn’t come. Lee Jae-sung’s goal in the 22nd minute was disallowed due to an offside call.
The much-needed goal came in the final minute of the first half, when Lee Kang-in’s cross was met by Cho Kyu-sung with his left foot to give Korea the lead. South Korea extended their lead at the start of the second half with a goal from Hwang Hee-chan.
With the lead in hand, South Korea went on a goal-fest. In the 17th minute of the second half, Son Heung-min scored his third goal with a long left-footed curler, and three minutes later, Hwang Eui-jo scored on a penalty kick. In the final minutes of the game, Lee Kang-in scored his third consecutive A-Match goal with a left-footed strike to seal the 5-0 victory.
After the game, Coach Klinsmann said, “I want to praise all the players, it wasn’t an easy game, but they were professional and did their best. We needed composure in a game like today. Against a team like Singapore, who go down to almost 10 men, you have to stay calm until the first goal. You could see that the players were enjoying the game,” he concluded.
Lee Kang-in, who started the match, showed off his sharp crossing ability from the right flank in the first half. Cho Kyu-sung’s first goal came from his feet, and he added to the attack with a number of threatening kicks. He also scored a goal himself in the second half. ”He will play an important role,” Klinsmann said. ”Against a team that drops down defensively, you need players with creative ability. We need players who can penetrate and have strengths in one-on-ones. Not only Lee Kang-in, but Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan, and many others have the ability. It will help us in the future when we face teams from below.” 무지개토토 주소
“I’m happy to see Lee Kang-in’s growth over the past six months. The fans will be happy to see his performance. It’s great for Korean soccer. It’s an honor to be in the national team with a player like him. Lee Kang-in is becoming more responsible and mature. Now he’s not only doing his own thing, but he’s also committed defensively and showing energy for the team, which is something we’re constantly talking about in the team. I told the players that we have to raise our own expectations, especially in long races like the World Cup qualifiers. Lee is going to be expected to do more and we need to help him live up to that. We need him in the national team.”
Commenting on the win, Klinsmann said: “When you play a defensive team, you have to be careful and it’s a difficult game. When it’s 0-0, you don’t know what’s going to happen. Against Vietnam, they had chances to score and today we had a goal disallowed. It’s important to make fewer mistakes. If you score a quick goal, you can easily win the match. I realized that it takes a lot of hard work and composure to win a big game.