Watch: Son Heung-min scores jaw-dropping free-kick for South Korea
Tottenham star Son Heung-min warmed up for November’s World Cup with a stunning free-kick during South Korea’s draw with Costa Rica on Friday.
Last season’s Premier League top goalscorer, alongside Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, had endured a slow start to the new campaign before a hat-trick during Spurs’ 6-2 win over Leicester last weekend.
“I couldn’t move,” Son said after ending his 118-day barren streak in front of goal. “I was just emotional for myself. I didn’t know what to do. I just stood still, looked at the sky, looked at the crowd.
“In my head, all my family came to mind, all the staff, all my team-mates. That’s why I just stood and had a think.
“Obviously it was a tough first few games but this is the lesson. I am not 18 years old. I wish I was. But I have experienced enough in professional football teams. I had some bad periods and some amazing ones.
“Even when I had a good period I learned so many things. You know better than me that in the bad periods you learn so much. I’m doing it right now. It wasn’t that bad, but in these tough moments I had some lessons and really good people around me to help me.”
The 29-year-old is also the captain of the South Korean national team and was in action as they warmed up for the World Cup with a friendly against Costa Rica.
With his side trailing 2-1, Son came up trumps with a brilliant free-kick late in the game to draw his country level and earn the acclaim of everyone present in Goyang.
South Korea will next face Cameroon at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Tuesday before group matches against Uruguay, Ghana and Portugal in this year’s competition.
The Koreans will be hoping to progress past the group stages for the first time since 2010 and Son will be crucial to their prospects of achieving their goal.
Now he’s broken his goal drought, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Spurs forward hit a rich vein of form before the big kick-off in November.
— theKFA (@theKFA) September 23, 2022