China blamed the referee for their loss to South Korea.
China fell to Jürgen Klinsmann’s South Korea 0-3 in their second Group C match at the FIFA Confederations Cup North America 2026 Asia-Pacific Second Qualifying Round at the Universiade Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, on Tuesday (June 20).
South Korea topped the group on the back of two straight wins, while China went 1-1. The Chinese were unable to overcome the deficit in their head-to-head series with South Korea, which is now 2-13-2-22.레모나토토
China’s offense struggled against Korea, failing to get a single shot on target. The defense was also not enough to stop the European side of Korea, which includes Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan, and Lee Kang-in, all of whom play for big clubs.
Son Heung-min, in particular, was a liability. They conceded the first goal to Son Heung-min on a penalty kick (PK) in the 11th minute of the first half, and conceded another goal in the last minute of the first half when they were unable to stop Son Heung-min’s header. Son Heung-min’s cross was headed home by Jung Seung-hyun in the second half.
In the final minutes of the game, the broadcast cameras showed a sobbing Chinese boy fan. Despite Korea’s dominance, the Chinese fans seemed to be disappointed with the one-sided game. “While South Korea had eight shots on goal, China didn’t have a single shot on goal,” said Sina Sports. There were also zero corner kicks,” he said.
“Our players tried their best. China’s goal is to finish second in the group behind South Korea. We just need to beat Thailand and Singapore,” he encouraged the Chinese team. China will play Singapore in a two-game series next March. “I would like to see the team attack more efficiently against Singapore next year,” the media said.
One Chinese journalist strongly criticized Qatari referee Jassim for awarding South Korea a penalty kick. “I think we should stop the Qatari referee before we stop the Korean team,” Ma Dexing wrote on Weibo. It seems that Jassim is an official referee of the Korean Football Association. (PK) is ridiculous. The Qatar Football Association and the Korean Football Association have a close relationship. But countries that can’t do anything about it, like China and North Korea, have to endure this harassment.”