South Korea beat China 3-0 to maintain their perfect start
South Korea beat China 3-0 to maintain theirSon Heung-min scored twice in South Korea’s third goal.
Prior to the break, the Tottenham captain headed in a second goal after converting a penalty in the 11th minute.
As a result of their 5-0 win over Singapore on Thursday, Jurgen Klinsmann’s South Korea side tops Group C with six points.
Despite playing in front of a sell-out crowd of over 40,000 in Shenzhen, Son’s spot kick gave South Korea an early lead after Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan was fouled.
Unmarked, Son, 31, crossed the goal of China and into the far corner with a deft header to put South Korea in control. He then played a crucial role as a provider late in the match.
After losing to Singapore 3-1 on Monday, China falls to third in the group. Thailand leads the group on goal difference, having beat Singapore 3-1 earlier in the day.
Other Asian World Cup qualifiers were won by North Korea over Myanmar by 6-1 and Tajikistan over Pakistan by the same score.
There will be a second qualifying round for the 2026 World Cup in North America for the top two teams from each of the nine groups.