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Hamburger SV's S. Korean forward looking to score goals vs. Uruguay

All Headlines 17:38 October 11, 2018

By Joo Kyung-don

PAJU, South Korea, Oct. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korean football forward Hwang Hee-chan said Thursday he is determined to score goals against Uruguay in an upcoming friendly match.

Hwang is one of the 25 players selected for South Korea's friendly matches against Uruguay and Panama this month. South Korea will host Uruguay at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul on Friday before facing Panama in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, on Tuesday.

"It's always happy and fresh to join the national team," Hwang said at a press conference at the National Football Center (NFC) in Paju, north of Seoul. "I'm doing my best to prepare for the match and I'm ready to play a good game for fans."

South Korea national football team forward Hwang Hee-chan speaks at a press conference at the National Football Center in Paju, north of Seoul, on Oct. 11, 2018, one day ahead of a friendly match against Uruguay at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Hwang, who plays with German Bundesliga 2 side Hamburger SV on loan from Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg, acknowledged that Uruguay are the stronger side, but South Korea will not surrender in front of home fans.

"They have players like (Diego) Godin and are defensively strong," he said. "But if we show our creativity, I think we can score. I'll make the best choice in every situation and will try to score goals."

Hwang, who has two goals in 18 matches for South Korea, said the players are determined to execute orders from head coach Paulo Bento. The Portuguese tactician has been emphasizing that the players should dominate the game and to be more active in the build-up process from the back.

"The players have known each other for quite some time, so we're working hard to execute the game plan," he said. "The players are encouraging each other, saying this match will be a good experience for us."

The Taeguk Warriors have not beaten Uruguay in their previous seven meetings, collecting one draw and six losses. Hwang said he doesn't care about the past results.

"I will show all of my skills even if I get a minute to play on the pitch," he said. "I always play a match for victory."

kdon@yna.co.kr
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