World Cup: Why Korean star striker Son Heung-min plays in a black mask at Qatar 2022

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November 24, 2022

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Son Heung-min had just three weeks to recover.

It looks like a superhero mask like the ones used by Pixar’s The Incredibles, but the only superpower it gives is being able to be on the playing field.

Son Heung-mincaptain and star striker of the soccer team of South Koreaentered the field this Thursday in his country’s debut against Uruguay for Group H of the World Cup in Qatar with a black mask that covered the upper half of his face.

The match ended in a goalless draw.

The reason why he should have used that protection is that on November 1 fractured near left eye socket when colliding with the Congolese defender Chancel Mbemba in a match between English Tottenham Hotspur – where the South Korean plays – and Olympique de Marseille for the group stage of the European Champions League.