Reporter Ha Sang-woo = Coach Sergio Costa (49) boasted as much popularity as coach Paulo Bento (53).
Coach Sergio returned to Portugal via Incheon International Airport on the 13th. On this day, coach Sergio arrived at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 with coach Bento around 9:40 pm, and after that, the flight was different and moved to Terminal 2.
At the airport, numerous soccer fans gathered to see Bento and the coaches, forming a sea of people. Fans held up soccer team uniforms and pickets with cheering phrases and thanked coaches including Bento. Coach Sergio also readily responded to fans’ requests for autographs and selfies, and responded with his best fan service. 스포츠토토
Coach Sergio directed the match against Portugal in place of coach Bento, who was sent off against Ghana on the 3rd. Korea allowed Diogo Dalot to take the lead in the 6th minute of the first half, but Kim Young-kwon’s goal from a corner kick balanced the score in the 27th minute of the first half. Then, in extra time in the second half, Hwang Hee-chan, who received a pass from Son Heung-min, scored a come-from-behind goal and dramatically succeeded in advancing to the round of 16.
Immediately after the game, coach Sergio said, “We deserve to win. All players and staff deserve to enjoy the victory. Today’s victory is a victory made by the whole team.” He also revealed that it was his own judgment about the mercenary technique, which involved Hwang Hee-chan and others, saying, “Director Bento only informed the overall strategy.