The national soccer team, led by head coach Klinsmann, was defeated 0-2 in the semifinals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha, Qatar, at 12 p.m. on the 6th (Korea time).꽁머니사이트
In the match against Jordan, which is ranked 87th in the FIFA rankings, Korea had a poor performance. The number of shots it took was 8-17 in total. The championship for the first time in 64 years went up in smoke.
After the match, Lee Kang-in told reporters at the mixed zone (co-interview zone), “First of all, I thank my teammates. Not only my teammates who fought with me on the ground, but also the players who couldn’t play as a team always cheered and helped me. Thank you so much. Second, the same applies to the coach and the coaching staff who trusted me until the very end. Right now, it is not the time to criticize a player or a coach. We need to think carefully about how we can improve ourselves in soccer and go in a good direction. I also felt a lot in this tournament. I am not good enough. I will look back on it.”
Lee Kang-in played full-time in virtually all seven matches, from the third group match to the semifinals. In the quarterfinals against Australia, he was replaced with one minute left in the second half of overtime. Nevertheless, he voiced his opinion that he should change first.
“A lot needs to change. First of all, I have to try to change first. I am sorry and sorry to the soccer fans who showed a lot of interest but had high expectations. What I want to tell you now is that don’t criticize any of the players. If you want to criticize, criticize me. I don’t think it’s right to criticize the coach.”