Tottenham star Son Heung-min warmed up for November’s World Cup with a stunning free-kick during South Korea’s draw with Costa Rica on Friday.
Last season’s Premier League top goalscorer, alongside Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, had endured a slow start to the new campaign before a hat-trick during Spurs’ 6-2 win over Leicester last weekend.
The 30-year-old captained his country in this afternoon’s friendly fixture against their South American opposition and having gone ahead in the first half through Hwang, found themselves behind after Bennette had scored either side of half time.
With just four minutes of the match remaining, Son stepped up to take a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area and curled a beautiful right-footed effort into the top left-hand corner of the goal, leaving Alvarado rooted to the spot. The late equaliser secured a 2-2 draw – with amends made by Son for the mistake he made in the build-up to Costa Rica’s second goal.
[GOAL] 대한민국🇰🇷 2-2 🇨🇷코스타리카
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Son now has 34 international goals to his name, with that tally recorded across 103 appearances, and he sits fourth on a Korean all-time scoring list that is headed by 58-goal Cha Bum-kun.
South Korea will next face Cameroon at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Tuesday before group matches against Uruguay, Ghana and Portugal in this year’s competition.
The Koreans will be hoping to progress past the group stages for the first time since 2010 and Son will be crucial to their prospects of achieving their goal.
Tottenham need to take Harry Kane off free-kicks in and around the opposition half when there is an opportunity for a shot on goal and instead hand the responsibility to Son, Eric Dier of Ivan Perisic.