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Son penalty helps South Korea advance in Asian WC qualifying


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2021 Jun 13, 16:52, Sueol
South Korea's Son Heung-min, center, fights for the ball against Lebanon during their Asian zone Group H qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Goyang stadium in Goyang, South Korea, Sunday, June 13, 2021. Photo: AP

Son Heung-min sent a message of support to former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Christian Eriksen on Sunday after his second-half penalty gave South Korea a 2-1 win over Lebanon in Asia’s second round of World Cup qualifying.

Sonny Saad gave Lebanon a surprise lead in Goyang after just 12 minutes but it was erased early in the second half by a Song Min-kyu header.


South Korea's Son Heung-min, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal on a penalty kick against Lebanon during their Asian zone Group H qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Goyang stadium in Goyang, South Korea, Sunday, June 13, 2021.
South Korea's Son Heung-min, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal on a penalty kick against Lebanon during their Asian zone Group H qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Goyang stadium in Goyang, South Korea, Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Son converted a penalty in the 66th minute and appeared to say “Chris, stay strong, I love you,” to television cameras in a message of support for Eriksen who collapsed on the field while playing for Denmark in a European championship game against Finland on Saturday.

Son’s goal, his first for his country since 2019, means that South Korea is one of the eight group winners who will progress automatically to the third round, scheduled to start in September. Lebanon will have to wait until the second round ends on Tuesday to find out if it goes into the next stage as one of the best four runners-up.

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