Son Heung-min apologizes to fans after Korea bow out of semifinals

 Son Heung-min of Korea reacts to his team's 2-0 loss to Jordan in the semifinals of the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, Feb. 6. Yonhap

Korean captain Son Heung-min apologized to fans after his team got knocked out of the semifinals at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in Qatar on Tuesday.Korea were not credited with a shot on target as Jordan blanked them 2-0 at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, west of Doha, to book a spot in the final.The Taegeuk Warriors were trying to win their first AFC title since 1960.Asked about his thoughts on the match in a televised interview, Son kept his head down and gathered his thoughts for a few moments before saying, “I really don’t know what to say.””I am really sorry to our supporters,” Son said, trying to fight back tears. “We all did our best, but we’re really sorry that our mistakes led to this kind of result.”

Because of the six-hour difference between Qatar and Korea, all knockout matches for Korea kicked off during late hours. Son thanked supporters back home for their “incredible support” and added, “I am terribly sorry that we didn’t live up to their expectations.” “I will try to get better as a player and also help our national team take the next step,” Son added.Son played every second of Korea’s six matches at the tournament, which included a penalty shootout win over Saudi Arabia in the round of 16 and an extra-time victory over Australia in the quarterfinals.Son finished tied for the team lead with Lee Kang-in with three goals.Son also gave his oft-criticized head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, a vote of confidence. The German tactician has been blamed for not getting the most out of the talented Korean squad, but Son said Klinsmann will emerge from this experience as a better coach. Even before the tournament, there was so much negativity surrounding the coach, and I think he must have been under a lot of pressure. I found it to be an unfortunate situation,” Son said. “But he never once let it show on the outside as he interacted with us and took care of us. I was really impressed with the way he handled himself in such a difficult situation. I am sure he will be hardened by this experience. He will go back to Korea and analyze this tournament, and I think he will build 슬롯사이트 an even better squad.”

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