‘Iron Pillar’ Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) once again donned the taegeuk and put up an iron-clad defense for the full 90 minutes. Klinsmann’s men have now won four straight official matches and kept five clean sheets in a row.
The 24th-ranked South Korea national football team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann (GER), cruised to a 5-0 victory over Singapore (155th) in the first match of Group C of the 2026 FIFA World Cup North America Asia Second Qualifying Round at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Cho Kyu-sung (Meatwillan) opened the scoring in the final minute of the first half, before European strikers Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Hwang Eui-jo (Norwich City) and Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) opened the scoring in the second half. With the win, Klinsmann smiled in front of a sellout crowd in his final A-match in South Korea this year.
After three draws and two losses in its first five matches, Klinsmannhoe has now won four straight official matches. If you expand that to include clean sheets, it’s five in a row. And during this time, Kim Min-jae has been everywhere on the pitch, contributing to the team’s clean sheets.
Since joining the German Bundesliga club in July, Kim has started 17 of the team’s 18 matches, and has been at the center of a recent “workload” controversy. This is due to the fact that his rivals and teammates, Dayo Upamecano (FRA) and Matthijs de Ligt (NED), have been sidelined with injuries. As he continued to make small mistakes in the midst of his strong performance, the local media gave him an unkind glance with a series of ‘harsh criticisms’. 무지개토토 주소
Even before the A match in November, Klinsmann was asked about Kim’s abuse, but he said in a press conference before the Singapore match, “I think the World Cup qualifiers are a stage where you want to play, not rest. I think Kim Min-jae is not tired in that sense and wants to play. I think the German media wrote that because they had to write an article, but the players are ready,” he said.
Kim was named in the starting lineup once again and played the full 90 minutes alongside Jung Seung Hyun. Singapore looked to counterattack with few chances, but were repeatedly thwarted by the ‘wall’ of Kim Min Jae, and ended up registering just one shot on target in the 90 minutes. It was a night where Kim’s presence shone through once again.