Tottenham Hotspur skipper, Son Heung-min, has urged the South Korean national team, to maintain composure as the team faces China in an anticipated packed stadium.
South Korea is set to travel to China next Tuesday for a crucial 2026 World Cup qualifying match
The upcoming clash in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong’s border, stands out as the highlight of the second round of matches in the World Cup qualifiers for North America.
In other significant fixtures, Australia will encounter Palestine in Kuwait, Japan heads to Jeddah to take on Syria, Iran will play away against Uzbekistan, and India is hosting Qatar.
South Korea commenced their qualifying campaign by dominating Singapore with a 5-0 victory, led by captain Son, who scored a remarkable goal from outside the penalty area.
Currently leading Group C alongside China, who secured a 2-1 victory in Thailand with a goal in the 74th minute, South Korea, under Jurgen Klinsmann’s leadership, is considered the favorites for the encounter in Shenzhen.
However, Son cautioned his team about anticipating physicality from other Asian teams, suggesting it might be part of their strategy to unsettle South Korea.
“We just have to make sure we don’t get dragged into that kind of thing and stick to our own game plan,” Yonhap quoted him as saying following the thumping of Singapore in Seoul.
The Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre stadium is expected to host over 40,000 spectators for the match.