Ji So-yeon surpasses Son Heung-min… Competition for ‘most free kick goals in A match’ becomes more exciting – Daily Sports VRESP

Ji So-yeon passing (Icheon = Yonhap News) Reporter Hong Ki-won = The women’s national soccer team evaluation match between Korea and the Philippines held at Icheon Sports Complex in Gyeonggi-do on the 5th. Ji So-yeon of Korea is passing. 2024.4.5 [email protected]/2024-04-05 19:28:52/
South Korea scored the second goal (Icheon = Yonhap News) Reporter Hong Ki-won = The women’s national soccer team evaluation match between Korea and the Philippines held at Icheon Stadium in Gyeonggi-do on the 5th. South Korea’s Ji So-yeon, who scored a goal, celebrates with her teammates. 2024.4.5 [email protected]/2024-04-05 20:47:45/

‘Jimesh’ Ji So-yeon (Seattle Reign) scored her 7th free kick goal in international matches, surpassing Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and rising to first place in this category.

Ji So-yeon scored a free kick goal in the 31st minute of the second half of the A-match warm-up match against the Philippines held at Icheon Sports Complex on the 5th to put a wedge in the game.

In the 31st minute of the second half, when Choi Yu-ri (Birmingham City WFC) led 1-0 with the first goal, Ji So-yeon did not miss the free kick opportunity from the left flank.

Due to the location of the free kick, it was worth aiming for a set piece score such as a header following a free kick toward the goal rather than a direct shot.

However, Ji So-yeon’s right-footed free kick, aimed at the far goal, passed both the goalkeeper and the opposing defense, hit the goal post, and was sucked into the goal.

As a result, Ji So-yeon rose to first place in this category with her 7th free kick goal in A matches, the most among Korean male and female players.

According to the Korea Football Association, Ji So-yeon and Son Heung-min were tied for first place with 6 free kick goals in A matches, but Ji So-yeon went one step ahead by scoring a free kick on this day.

Ji So-yeon previously played in the 2009 East Asian Cup preliminary match against Northern Mariana Islands, the 2010 East Asian Cup match against China, the 2013 East Asian Cup match against Japan, the 2019 friendly match against Australia, the 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games match against Myanmar, and the friendly match last February. He also scored a free kick against the Czech Republic.

However, Son Heung-min is also showing off his recently improved sense of free kick goals, such as scoring a dramatic comeback free kick winning goal in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup against Australia in February, making the two representing Korean men’s and women’s soccer. The competition for the most points from free kicks is expected to continue even more excitingly.

Son Heung-min scores a comeback goal (Al Wakrah = Yonhap News) Reporter Kim Do-hoon = The 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup round of 16 match between Korea and Australia held at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar on the 2nd (local time). Son Heung-min is cheering after scoring a comeback goal with a free kick in the first half of extra time. 2024.2.3 [email protected]/2024-02-03 02:55:54/

Meanwhile, the women’s national team led by coach Colin Bell (England) defeated the Philippines 3-0 on the day with consecutive goals from Choi Yu-ri, Ji So-yeon, and Jang Seul-gi (Gyeongju KHNP WFC).

With the Philippines ranked 39th in the FIFA rankings (Korea ranked 20th), Korea played a 3-4-3 with Casey Eugene Fair (Angel City) at the front and Cheon Garam (Hwacheon KSPO) and Ji So-yeon on both sides. The model was put into operation. Ji So-yeon stood at the center of the attack, going back and forth between the side and the center.

Cho So-hyun (Birmingham) and Jang Seul-gi teamed up in midfield, and the wingback roles were played by Choo Hyo-ju (Incheon Hyundai Steel) and Lee Eun-young (Changnyeong WFC). Shim Seo-yeon (Suwon FC), Go Yoo-na (Hwacheon KSPO), Lee Young-ju (Madrid CFF) took charge of the defensive line, and Kim Jeong-mi (Hyundai Steel) took charge of the goal.

Choi Yu-ri’s ‘cute ceremony’ (Icheon = Yonhap News) Reporter Hong Ki-won = The women’s national soccer team evaluation match between Korea and the Philippines held at Icheon Sports Complex in Gyeonggi-do on the 5th. Choi Yu-ri of Korea is happy after scoring a goal. 2024.4.5 [email protected]/2024-04-05 21:29:02/
Korea leading the way (Icheon = Yonhap News) Reporter Hong Ki-won = The women’s national soccer team evaluation match between Korea and the Philippines held at Icheon Sports Complex in Gyeonggi-do on the 5th. Choi Yu-ri of South Korea celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal. 2024.4.5 [email protected]/2024-04-05 20:41:38/

The game was decided in the second half. Korea, which attempted 12 shots in the first half but failed to produce results, managed to break the balance in the 28th minute of the second half when Choi Yu-ri, who was substituted at the start of the second half, managed to break the balance. After intercepting the opposing defender’s backpass mistake, he did not miss a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper.

After breaking the frustrating balance, Korea widened the gap with Ji So-yeon’s free kick goal, and in the 43rd minute of the second half, Jang Seul-gi received a heel pass from Moon Mira and attempted a shot, which was blocked by the goalkeeper and pushed the ball back in.

With today’s victory, Korea continued its strong record of winning all five games against the Philippines in women’s soccer history. Korea will play its second friendly match against the Philippines at the same venue at 7 p.m. on the 8th.

Reporter Kim Myeong-seok [email protected]


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