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(World Cup) After 0-0 draw in Bolivia tuneup, Son Heung-min tells teammate to keep his composure

All Headlines 00:58 June 08, 2018

INNSBRUCK, Austria, June 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's attacking ace Son Heung-min on Thursday told a teammate to keep his composure on the pitch after their side was held to a scoreless draw by Bolivia in their World Cup tuneup match.

Son played as a second-half substitute in South Korea's friendly against Bolivia at Tivoli-Neu Stadium in Innsbruck, Austria. He replaced Lee Seung-woo in the 60th minute to compete in his 66th international match for South Korea.

Starting the match from the bench, Son watched Hwang Hee-chan, his usual attacking partner in a two-forward system, play with towering striker Kim Shin-wook. Hwang, a roving forward playing with Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg, consistently made runs and penetrated space behind Bolivia defenders in his full-time performance.

After watching Hwang's performance from off the pitch, the Tottenham Hotpur forward apparently had some words of advice.

"I'm not in a position to say what other players should do, but I hope he (Hwang) can play with composure," Son said after the match. "He tried to make passes after one touch, but it didn't go smoothly. I hope he can hold the ball and play with confidence."

Son entered the match as a left winger but moved up front to play with Hwang after Kim left the pitch in the 81st minute.

The 25-year-old almost made a breakthrough for South Korea in the 68th after he dribbled past defenders and took a powerful right-footed strike just outside the box. His attempt, however, was stopped by Bolivian goalkeeper Carlos Lampe.

Son took a couple more shots later but failed to hit the back of the net.

"I tried hard, but it's a pity that we couldn't collect a victory," he said. "However, what are important are our matches at the World Cup. We'll try to concentrate more to play a good game."

South Korea are in Group at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where they will face Sweden, Mexico and Germany.

South Korea's Son Heung-min (C) controls the ball during a friendly against Bolivia in Innsbruck, Austria, on June 7, 2018. (Yonhap)

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