25 Apr

‘Salary of 36 Billion Won' Saudi Mancini Leaves During Penalty Shoot-Out ‘Absurd'

In the 9th minute of extra time in the second half, Cho Kyu-sung's header equalized the penalty shootout, and after a penalty shootout, Cho Hyun-woo advanced to the quarterfinals with a 'saving show'.

Manager Mancini was sent off during the penalty shootout, receiving a lot of criticism.

While the Korean men's national soccer team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, Saudi Coach Roberto Mancini is attracting attention by leaving the stadium during a penalty shootout.

Korea won the match against Saudi Arabia in the round of 16 of the 2023 AFC Qatar Asian Cup held at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on the 31st (Korean time) after a penalty shootout.

After being tied 1-1 until overtime, they defeated Saudi Arabia 4-2 in a penalty shootout.

Cho Kyu-sung's dramatic equalizer in extra time in the second half helped the team recover, and Cho Hyun-woo's two decisive saves in the penalty shootout secured victory.

On this day, a TV camera captured the scene of Coach Mancini leaving the ground during the penalty shootout.

Coach Mancini was watching the penalty shootout, and when Saudi Arabia's number 4 kicker failed, he turned around and walked out, as if foreboding defeat.

Because Saudi Arabia went first, the game would end if Korea's fourth kicker succeeded.

Italian coach Mancini is a master who has also taken the baton of a major European club.

It boasts the highest annual salary of 36 billion won among the countries participating in this competition.

He was recognized for his leadership by leading Saudi Arabia to first place in Group F of the group stage with a record of 2 wins, 1 draw, and undefeated record.

However, they lost to Korea in the round of 16 and lost their chance to win.

When asked the reason for his expulsion in a post-game interview, Coach Mancini apologized, saying, "I'm sorry.

I thought it was over."

“I didn't want to ignore anyone.

I want to say thank you to all the players.

They are improving a lot.

We are now a team.

It is clear that we need to improve further,” he explained.

However, Mancini's actions, which seemed to give up the game before the players and fans, aroused the anger of Saudi Arabian soccer fans.

Currently, Mancini's Instagram is flooded with criticism saying, "He doesn't have the qualifications to be a coach" and "It's cowardly to leave the players behind."

According to Saudi Arabian media, including Al Hadatal College, the head of the Saudi Arabian Football Association was also angry, calling it “unacceptable.”

Chairman Yasser bin Hassan bin Mohammed Al Mashal said, "We will discuss the reason why Coach Mancini left the stadium before the penalty shoot-out was over during the round of 16 match against Korea in the Asian Cup."

Meanwhile, Cho Gyu-seong, who had been suffering from poor performance, scored the equalizer with a header, confirming that Education City Stadium was the ‘promised land.'

He scored two goals with a header in the second match against Ghana in the group stage of the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup held here.

Korea will compete with Australia to advance to the semifinals at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah at 0:30 on the 3rd of next month.

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