Coach Paulo Bento recalled the ‘Miracle of Al Rayyan’ against Portugal.
Portugal’s ‘Hekord’ reported on the 13th (Korean time), “Coach Bento faced his country as the head coach of the Korean national team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. He thought the match against Portugal was not easy.” Coach Bento recalled the 온라인카지노.match against Portugal through an interview with ‘RTP 3’.
According to the media, coach Bento said, “From the beginning, I thought it would be a different game. It was the first time I played against Portugal. It was a different feeling. Emotions explained.
It was a complicated situation in many ways. After drawing with Uruguay (0-0 draw) in Group H, Korea faced an elimination crisis as it was caught by Ghana (2-3 loss). To make matters worse, coach Bento was sent off in the process of protesting to the referee after the game with Ghana, and Korea had to deal with Portugal without a coach.
Korea allowed a goal in the 5th minute of kickoff. Kim Young-kwon’s equalizer equalized the match, but the match was not overturned until the end of the game. Korea pulled the reins by replacing Hwang Hee-chan, Son Jun-ho and Hwang Eui-jo, but Portugal began to solidify with a calm defense.
Just before the end of the match, a miracle was finally produced. In the second half of extra time, Korea blocked a corner kick from Portugal and launched a counterattack. Son Heung-min, who broke through to a high position, passed the ball to Hwang Hee-chan, who ran with him. Hwang Hee-chan, who took a one-on-one chance, calmly finished and shook the net.
In the end, Korea defeated Portugal 2-1. At the same time, Uruguay defeated Ghana 2-0, but the rankings were overturned as they fell behind on multiple points. In the end, Korea succeeded in advancing to the round of 16 for the first time in 12 years since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. It was the ‘Miracle of Al Rayyan’ created by Bento and Taegeuk warriors.
Director Bento recalled the time by talking about the difficulties of facing his country. After the World Cup, he left Korea, which he had been fond of, and returned to Portugal. Currently, coach Bento is unemployed and will decide on his career after taking a break.