Son Heung-min’s strike vs. Iran voted S. Korean football’s best goal for 2022

December 15, 2021

Son Heung-min’s marker against Iran in a World Cup qualifying match in October has been voted South Korean football’s best goal for 2022.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) on Wednesday announced the results of its online fan voting on the Goal of the Year and the Match of the Year honors.

Son’s goal, which put South Korea up 1-0 at Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Oct. 12, drew support from 1,026 out of 3,547 people who took part in the voting from Dec. 1 to 8 at KFA’s official website.

The match between South Korea and Iran in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2022 FIFA World Cup was scoreless three minutes into the second half, when Son was sprung free on a through ball by midfielder Lee Jae-sung. Son got behind defender Sadegh Moharrami and fired one home past goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.

The KFA said Son has earned the Goal of the Year honors four times so far, having earlier done so in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Another World Cup qualifier was voted the Match of the Year: South Korea’s 1-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Goyang Stadium in Goyang, just northwest of Seoul, on Nov. 11.

It was the first national team football match in the country without COVID-19 crowd restrictions since December 2019. South Korea completely overwhelmed the UAE in a highly entertaining match before 30,152 fans. It was the largest crowd gathered at a sporting event in South Korea during the pandemic.