Korea’s goal of the year was Son Heung-min vs. Germany

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Korea’s goal of the year was Son Heung-min vs. Germany

Son Heung-min’s goal against Germany at the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been voted Korea’s goal of the year by fans, the national football governing body said Thursday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said Son’s goal in Korea’s stunning 2-0 win over Germany in a Group F match in Russia earned 20,448 out of 37,563 votes, or 54.4 percent, to win the top goal honors. This year’s KFA fan vote on national football matches was held for 10 days from Dec. 3.

With Korea leading 1-0 against Germany, Son chased a long ball from Ju Se-jong after running some 50 meters and slotted it home into the empty net in the second half of extra time. His goal sealed a surprise victory over the defending World Cup champions, Korea’s only win at the tournament.

This is the third time that the Tottenham Hotspur star has taken the goal of the year award. He won the fan vote in 2015 with his goal against Uzbekistan at the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup and in 2016 with a score against Germany at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.

Finishing behind Son’s goal in this year’s vote was Lee Seung-woo’s strike against Iran in the round of 16 at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia, where Korea captured the gold medal. The Hellas Verona attacker dribbled past three defenders just outside the box and fired a right-footed shot to hit the back of the net.

The KFA fan vote on the goal of the year started in 2002. Previous winners include Park Ji-sung, Park Chu-young and Lee Dong-gook. The KFA has been announcing fan vote results on the match of the year since 2005.

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