Atletico Madrid’s front-line striker Alvaro Morata scored three goals, but all were canceled due to offside decisions.
In the 7th minute of the first half, Morata broke down the defensive line of the team’s K League and shook the net in a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper in Atletico’s counterattack. However, an offside foul was declared.
In the 22nd minute of the first half, Morata received a pass from his teammate in the box and cut the net with an accurate left-footed shot, but the flag of assistant referee went up.
In the extra time of the first half, Morata easily pushed it in with a good pass from teammate Samuel Linu. This time, the goal was canceled because Linu was in an offside position. Morata’s expression on the day showed deep regret. It was an unsolved day.
Ji So-yeon, who also played as the core of Chelsea (England) midfield, experienced joy, sorrow, and sorrow while playing for the national team for a long time. At the 2015 Canadian Games, he beat Spain to advance to the round of 16, the best record ever, but four years later, at the 2019 French Games, he will challenge for his third World Cup after suffering a complete loss in the group stage.
Ji So-yeon said that after Bell took over at the end of 2019, he became stronger by finishing second at the Asian Cup last year. He said, “Coach Bell has a great passion for soccer. He expressed his gratitude, saying, “It guides you not only to boost your physical strength but also your mental strength.”
“Colombia, Morocco, and Germany are all formidable opponents in the group stage, but we believe we can advance to the round of 16, and we are preparing to do so,” Ji So-yeon said. “We’re ready to win any team under any circumstances,” he said. “I don’t know what will happen in the tournament, so I’ll do my best to prepare,” he said. The national team will play its first Group H match against Colombia on the 25th.