On the 26th (Korean time), the official FIFA World Cup Twitter account posted a video of Hwang Hee-chan’s winning goal at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, saying, “Happy birthday to Korea’s World Cup hero Hwang Hee-chan.”
It’s a scene where the so-called ‘gukppong’ fills up any time you look at it. At the time of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Korea met Portugal in the 3rd group stage match, but before the 3rd match, Korea had 1 draw and 1 loss, and it was unclear how to advance to the round of 16.
It was the worst situation in which they had to beat Portugal and watch the results of Uruguay-Ghana. The match against Portugal was not easy either. In the 5th minute of the first half, Ricardo Orta (Braga) scored the opening goal and was dragged away.
However, Korea did not back down. In the 27th minute of the first half, 안전놀이터 Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan Hyundai) scored an equalizer from a corner kick, returning the game to square one. Both teams maintained a tight 1-1 balance until the end of the second half. If this is the case, Korea’s progress to the round of 16 will be frustrated.
However, Korea succeeded in reversing Gearko. In the 1st minute of extra time in the second half, Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) broke through his own dribble and stabbed a pass to Hee-Chan Hwang. In the Uruguay-Ghana match that ended, Uruguay failed to score first, and Korea was given a ticket to the round of 16.
FIFA celebrated Hwang Hee-chan’s birthday on January 26th, calling him “Korea’s World Cup Hero” and celebrating his birthday directly.