By Jack Beresford
Cho Hyun-Woo may have ended up on the losing end of one of the World Cup’s more forgettable games, but his point-blank range save from Marcus Berg will live long in the memory.
Not least because the Daegu FC stopper denied his Swedish counterpart using nothing but his instincts, his quick reactions and his face…
Firmly abiding by the age-old goalkeeping adage: It doesn’t matter how you keep them out, as long as you keep them out.
Once considered something of a liability for the national team, thanks to a reputation for misjudging high balls, Cho found himself thrust into the limelight after earning a starting spot against the Swedes.
The 26-year-old has only been capped seven times by South Korea but looked calm and experienced beyond his years in the first half.
Ultimately a bit of shoddy defending in front of Cho, coupled with a little help from VAR, gave Sweden the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot after the break.
Grizzled centre-half Andreas Granqvist duly obliged, with the Scandinavians going on to win 1-0.
Cho’s save may have been in vain but it’s well worth a re-watch. Bravo sir!