South Korea made it an impressive 10 World Cups in a row after qualifying for the finals in Qatar with two group games still to play. A 2-0 win over Syria in Dubai, coming hot-on-the-heels of a 1-0 victory over Lebanon, meant Paulo Bento’s side became the 15th nation to qualify for the 32-team tournament. Talismanic striker Son Heung-min led the way in both the qualification groups scoring seven goals in total and the Tottenham Hotspur attacker now has 34 in 103 appearances for his country.
After the lofty standards he set for himself in his Golden Boot-winning Premier League campaign of 2021-22, it would not be too harsh to say that Son Heung-min has had a slow start to the new season. With six games down in the Premier League, and an additional one in the Champions League, the usually-prolific attacker is yet to open his account this term. Before the appraisal becomes overly critical, it must be said that Son has plenty of credit in his account — not just from last season’s 23-goal haul in the league but throughout his entire seven previous years with Tottenham.