Park Jin-seop, who had few chances at the Asian Cup, shows promise as a defensive midfielder

He played a steady role in the defense.

The South Korean national soccer team, led by interim head coach Hwang Sun-hong, defeated Thailand 3-0 on Saturday at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, in the fourth Group C match of the FIFA Confederations Cup North America 2026 Asian Zone Second Qualifying Round. After drawing 1-1 at home against Thailand on Sept. 21, the 카지노사이트 national team earned a valuable victory away from home.

Park Jin-seop, who came on as a substitute at the start of the second half, made his presence felt. Park started his career in 2017 with Daejeon Korail in the unemployment league, the National League. After a year in the league, he turned professional with the Ansan Greeners of the K League 2. He joined Jeonbuk Hyundai after playing for Daejeon Hana Citizens. At 182 centimeters, he is a versatile player who can play both center back and defensive midfield. In September last year, he won a gold medal at the Asian Games (AG) in Hangzhou as a wildcard (athletes over 24 years old) and received military service benefits.

His performance at the Hangzhou AG earned him a call-up from former coach Jürgen Klinsmann. He made his A-match debut in November last year, coming on as a substitute in the second Asian qualifier for the World Cup against China. He was also named in the final roster for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, which concluded last month.

However, he was not given many chances. Park was mostly used as a late substitute. In the quarterfinals against Australia, he was given a chance at the start of extra time and excelled in aerial battles.

After missing the last 21 days, Park took the field at the start of the second half. He was replaced by Baek Seung-ho, who played as a defensive midfielder to protect the defense.

Down 0-1, Thailand went on the offensive at the start of the second half. Park Jin-seob was active in the defense and blocked. He read the opponent’s penetration beforehand and blocked it. As Park showed stability in defense, Hwang In-beom actively joined the offense. He even scored in the second half. After receiving a header from Kim Min-jae on a set piece, Park celebrated his A-match debut goal.

South Korean soccer has been plagued by a lack of defensive midfielders in recent years. Park Yong-woo stepped in at the Asian Cup, but he was unsteady. Baek Seung-ho, who started the second leg against Thailand, was also far from satisfactory. Park Jin-seob is also not a specialized defensive midfielder, but his strength is in defense. He showed stability in the second 45 minutes, raising hopes for the future.

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