<Reporter Kim Young-seong>

Captain Son Heung-min's mask fighting spirit has become a foothold in history.

He finally wept tears of joy at his third World Cup, assisting on a dramatic winning goal.

This is reporter Kim Hyeong-yeol's report.

<Correspondent Kim Hyeong-yeol>

Son Heung-min, who pledged to fight while greeting Ronaldo, ran with a desperate heart to the point of shedding tears while copying the national anthem.

He was more fighting than anyone else.

He took 5 shots, the most on the team, and headed it regardless of the mask and ran as an active tackle.

When he conceded the opening goal, he comforted his teammates by saying, “It’s okay,” and when he scored an equalizer, he said, “Come back quickly.”

Son Heung-min, who showed everything by inducing cheers from the crowd, finally seized his chance in the second half of extra time, which was gradually driven to the edge of the cliff.

As if reminiscent of the match against Germany in the last tournament, he rushed from the defensive area and stabbed the ball accurately between the legs of the opponent's defender, leading to Hwang Hee-chan's thrilling goal and raising the first attack point of the tournament at the moment when it was most needed.

[Son Heung-min/Soccer team captain: I did my best in 2018, but I couldn't get this result, but this time I'm so happy that I got a really special result...


Afterwards, Son Heung-min, who took off his mask and ran for victory, shed tears for a while as he threw his mask and hit the ground when the final whistle blew.

And when it was confirmed that they would advance to the round of 16, they could not hold back their tears of emotion.

[Heung-Min Son/Captain of the soccer team: I, the captain, showed a more lacking side, but I was very grateful and proud to see the players helping.]

Heung-Min Son conveyed his gratitude to all the fans while walking around the stadium alone in the locker room After sharing the joy with coach Bento, who joined the team, he hugged each of his colleagues tightly.

[Heung-Min Son/Captain of the soccer team: (Bento) I was able to play the last game of the coach on the bench...


Yes, thank you so much.]

Son Heung-min, who finally shed tears of joy rather than sadness at the 3rd World Cup, now leads the Taegeuk Warriors to a new challenge: the first ever away quarterfinal.

(Video coverage: Park Seung-won · Lee Byung-ju, video editing: So Ji-hye, CG: Seo Seung-hyun)