Lee Geum-min expressed his feelings about leading the team to victory by bursting into a birthday self-congratulatory cannon.
On the 7th, at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea defeated Zambia 5-2 in a friendly match for the women’s national team. The two teams will move to Mir Stadium in Yongin on the 11th for the second game.
Korea ended the first half with a calm atmosphere. Cho So-hyun scored the first goal, but main defender Lim Seon-joo left due to injury and later allowed Rachel Kundananji and Barbra Banda to concede consecutive runs and turn the game around.
A turnaround was achieved in the second half. The protagonist was Lee Geum-min. In the 13th minute of the second half, Lee Geum-min penetrated the gate and received Park Eun-sun’s header pass, and balanced it with a shot. And in the 17th minute of the second half, he drove the ball directly near the penalty box and finished the shot, putting a wedge in the game.
Both team coaches acknowledged Lee Geum-min’s performance. Zambia coach Bruce Mwafe, who attended the press conference after the match, picked ‘9 (Lee Geum-min)’ as one of the most impressive players. Coach Colin Bell applauded Geum-Min Lee for raising the team’s performance to a higher level with Cho So-Hyun.
On the day of the match, it was a meaningful day for Lee Geum-min, who celebrated his birthday. Lee Geum-min, who met with reporters in the Mixed Zone after the game, said, “I wish it was my last birthday. I was able to score a goal because I focused on the game and my teammates worked hard. I am grateful that I was able to spend my birthday in a good atmosphere. Many people also gave me presents. He also gave me a cake. I think it will be an unforgettable birthday.”
On this day, Lee Geum-min diligently ran around the field, moving freely in the position of an attacking midfielder. When asked what instructions were given, he said, “I think the coach put me in a free position. That’s why I was able to move more freely. He asked for a lot in terms of attack and defense. was,” he replied.
Korea’s main offensive route in the second half was to use the air superiority of Park Eun-seon, a tall striker of 182 cm. The scene of Lee Geum-min’s equalizer also went through Park Eun-sun’s head. Regarding this, Lee Geum-min said, “I kept talking with Eun-sun unnie. Eun-sun unnie is really good at aerial competition, so I believed in that part and ran back unconditionally, and there was an opportunity. I hope there will be more scenes like that in the future.” 안전놀이터
Each game is an important time. The World Cup is just around the corner. The 2023 World Cups in Australia and New Zealand will be held in July. Lee Geum-min expressed his mindset, “I can feel it as the World Cup is getting closer. It is a tournament where I have to prepare perfectly physically and physically. I am concentrating on each and every match.”