How long will it take Na Sang-ho to bring victory? ‘Only 33 minutes’
- on May 11, 2023
The momentum of Na Sang-ho (27, FC Seoul) this season is frightening. He broke through double-digit offensive points in 12 games. Even with an injury, even playing as a substitute gave the team victory.
Na Sang-ho started as a bench in the K-League 1 2023 round 12 match against Gwangju FC held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 9th. A question mark was placed on the choice excluding Na Sang-ho, who is recording the number one attack point in two consecutive games as well as the league’s top scorer. Before the match, Seoul coach Ahn Ik-soo explained that it was a managerial decision, saying, “It’s an important time, but we decided that we shouldn’t overdo it now.”
The match between Seoul and Gwangju started like that. Seoul literally ‘overwhelmed’ Gwangju in the first half and took a 1-0 lead스포츠토토. However, in the second half, Gwangju started a counterattack by taking out two replacement cards. Gwangju, who regained momentum at once, scored an equalizer in the 5th minute of the second half. It was the moment when the faces of the home fans darkened.
Coach Ahn Ik-soo put in Na Sang-ho in the 19th minute of the second half when the score was tight 1-1. And it took less than two minutes for Na Sang-ho to make home fans laugh. He shook Gwangju’s net with a wonderful volley from Hwang Ui-jo’s cross from the right. It was a ‘wonder goal’ that surprised all the spectators who visited the stadium. Since then, Gwangju’s momentum has weakened, and Na Sang-ho has led several attacks. He finished his duties by also assisting his team’s third goal in the 41st minute. On this day, Na Sang-ho played only 33 minutes. It was ‘Na Sang-ho’s Showtime’ that led the team to victory by recording 1 goal and 1 assist.
After the game, Na Sang-ho, who was chosen as the best player, was full of confidence. Regarding the goal scene, he explained, “As a substitute, there is a part where I have to change the flow, but it seems that the goal came out by hitting a good cross with confidence.” Regarding the recent good performance, “I tried to show an explosive appearance from winter training. And he felt it at the World Cup, and when he watched overseas soccer, he felt that ‘confidence on the field’ was the most important thing.”
Na Sang-ho has already emphasized the importance of ‘playing with confidence’ throughout the season. It was the same with Wonder Goal that day. He volleyed a high cross that could easily go over. Armed with ‘confidence’, Na Sang-ho recorded 8 goals and 3 assists in 12 matches this season. Before summer even came, he broke 10 attack points.
Then, what is Na Sang-ho’s goal for this season? Na Sang-ho gave an exemplary answer, saying, “Seoul continues to compete in a high position and lift the trophy at the end.” He also revealed his personal ambition, saying, “If I go to Europe, I will have a competitive edge and maintain a good performance.”
Seoul fans smiled at Na Sang-ho’s good performance, but they also worried that ‘Na Sang-ho might leave this summer’. Attention is drawn to how far Na Sang-ho’s performance will lead.