Video – Watch as Son Heung-min cry out in tears over ‘lack of justice’ against Ghana – Sergio Costa
Son Heung-min sobbed after losing to Ghana due to the 'lack of fairness' displayed by English referee Anthony Taylor.
Son Heung-min was left in tears after losing to Ghana due to a “lack of justice” displayed by English referee Anthony Taylor, according to South Korea assistant coach Sergio Costa.
Tottenham’s Son was visibly angry after South Korea was defeated 3-2, leaving their World Cup chances hanging on a thread.
Cho Gue-sung equalized South Korea twice in three second-half minutes before Mohammed Kudus propelled Ghana to a thrilling victory.
South Korea coach Paulo Bento was issued a red card at the end of the game after a disagreement with Taylor.
Bento was enraged. Taylor blew up after the allotted 10 minutes of stoppage time, denying South Korea a corner.
When asked why Son was furious at the end of Monday’s tense Group H match, Costa said, “The reaction is a reaction of a person and a group that perceives a lack of fairness at the end of the match.”
“It’s a natural reaction for someone who tried everything they could to win but couldn’t. At the end of this match, I believe we should be unhappy and feel a sense of injustice.
“The outcome is completely unjust. It wasn’t even fair to wear a tie. We certainly deserved to win.”
Bento will now miss his team’s last group match against his native Portugal.
Costa responded to Bento’s outburst by saying, “It was related to the fact that we thought a different criterion was applied.”
“In the first half, they allowed a similar situation to play out, and in the second half, when we had an opportunity for a corner kick, the referee denied us.”
“Paulo reacted, I was nearby, and he said nothing to the referee that was incorrect.” It was an unfairness.”
Following their setback to Portugal, Ghana’s victory – their first in the World Cup since 2010 – gives them hope of progressing to the knockout stages.
Kudus of Ajax will take the credit after scoring in both halves after Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu’s opening with 24 minutes remaining.
“He is a fantastic character and a very good player,” Kudus, 22, said of Ghana manager Otto Addo.
“He’s on the right course to being a great, fantastic player, and I have nothing but praise for him.”
“Congratulations to the team for being mentally strong enough to come back and score the third goal.”
“In the end, it was fervent defense.” We were fortunate because South Korea placed us under a lot of stress. But our valiant effort was rewarded.”