Tottenham Hotspur forward Heung-Min Son admits he apologised to his South Korea team-mates for a ‘basic mistake’ in the 2-2 friendly draw with Costa Rica on Friday despite making amends with a stunning free-kick, speaking to Star News Korea, writes the HITC.
Ever the perfectionist, even a moment of 85th minute magic did not raise Son’s spirits at full-time.
Spurs’ number seven rescued South Korea from a hole he dug himself during the second half at the Goyang Stadium, having given away possession in the build up to Jewison Bennette’s second of the game midway through the second half.
“I made a basic mistake and made the game difficult,” sighs Son, who took his international tally to 34 goals ahead of South Korea’s World Cup opener against Rodrigo Bentancur’s Uruguay on November 24th.
“Of course, my responsibility seems to be the biggest. Today was a game (in which we) created a lot more chances as a team. But I made the game difficult because of basic mistakes.
“I said I was sorry to the players. I tried a lot not to be down. Even after the game, I said sorry to all the players. You shouldn’t do that. You can’t make that kind of mistake at the World Cup.”
Spurs supporters won’t be sharing Son’s pessimism, however, after seeing a player who struggled at the start of the season continue his recent resurgence with a glorious curling shot into the top corner against Costa Rica. He’s now scored four times in just two games for club and country.
You can consider that goal drought well and truly over.
“I personally think that we are going in a good direction ahead of the World Cup,” Son adds, his mood picking up a little. “Of course, there are still no perfect parts. There are some areas that need to be improved. I think the most important thing is to create a team that is close to perfection.”
Wolves forward Hwang Hee-Chan scored South Korea’s opener against Costa Rica. 18-year-old Bennett, meanwhile, netted twice for the visitors, maintaining his current form after an impressive start to life at Sunderland.