The Asian Tigers were defeated by Qatar in the Quarterfinal and will miss a chance to compete for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup trophy.
A single goal by Abdulaziz Hatem in the 78th minute was enough for Qatar to beat South Korea in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals.
The Asian Tigers were favorites at the start of the tournament but now crashed before reaching the Semifinals.
And for one of the South Koreans stars, Son Heung-min, fatigue might have been a factor.
“I wasn’t properly prepared. I was physically drained,” he told ESPN.
“I am sorry that I disappointed my teammates, coaches, and fans with this performance. I’d rather not talk about this, but I rarely felt great physically.”
“I was losing sleep. I should have taken better care of myself,” he explained.
“He has a lot of pressure from Korea and that is not easy to deal with,” Pim Verbeek, Oman boss and Korea head coach at the 2007 Asian Cup, told ESPN FC.
“We saw at the World Cup that he had a lot on his shoulders, he had too much on his shoulders.”
Now the South Korean will return to the English Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur.
If fatigue allows him, we might be able to play on Wednesday against Watford, if not, he will return to action against Newcastle United on Saturday.