[서울=뉴스핌] Correspondent Choi Ah-yeong and Shin Jeong-in = “I am grateful that the national team has prepared a lot for the game, and I hope that the remaining games will do well so that there will be no regrets for the efforts made over the past four years.”
The first match of the Korean national football team’s World Cup in Qatar ended in a draw. Citizens who came out to support promised the next time, saying, “You fought well,” while leaving regret in the game.
At 10:00 pm on the 24th, when the whistle sounded at the start of the game against Uruguay, the citizens’ support grew even more enthusiastic. As it is late, most of the cases were visited by young people in their 20s and 30s with friends or lovers rather than family units.
|[서울=뉴스핌] Reporter Hwang Joon-sun = Citizens are cheering on the street at Gwanghwamun Square in Jongno-gu, Seoul on the night of the 24th, when the 2022 Qatar World Cup Group H match between Korea and Uruguay was held. 2022.11.24 [email protected]|
Enthusiastic support continued, with those who were sitting in the corner kick situation in the first half standing up and running. Citizens cheered by calling a specific player’s name or waved stick balloons while shouting “Oh, sure-win Korea!”
Citizens passing by also reacted with “Look there” or “Uh-uh” whenever an urgent situation continued, stopping their steps and staring at the electronic signboard from afar. In the 34th minute of the first half, when Hwang Ui-jo’s shot missed the goal, the sound of regret filled Gwanghwamun Square.
Lee Hae-oreum (18), who visited the cheering match with friends, said, “The number of attacks was high and the share was high. The players did better than expected.”
Citizens wearing cheerleading uniforms with “HM SON” written on them stood out as if welcoming the fact that Korean soccer team captain Son Heung-min overcame a facial injury and started a sortie for the game against Uruguay. Kim Jeong-hyeon (20) said, “The first half was so much fun.
As in the first half, the second half continued a tight match between the Korean national team and Uruguay. As time passed, citizens watched the game in a tense atmosphere, holding their hands together rather than cheering.
When the game ended in a draw after fierce overtime, citizens could not easily leave their seats or took commemorative photos. Citizens responded that they were generally satisfied and enjoyed the game.
Heo Dan (21) said, “Today’s game was fun and we drew, but I think we played well.” Kim Ji-hee (26) also said, “It was regrettable when I got hit by the goal post, but I thought it would be good if I didn’t lose, so it was okay.”
|[서울=뉴스핌] Reporter Lee Hyeong-seok = On the night of the 24th, after the World Cup soccer team and Uruguay finished their first game, citizens are cleaning up after cheering on the street at Gwanghwamun Plaza in Jongno-gu, Seoul. 2022.11.24 [email protected]|
◆ Shutdown without accidents due to thorough safety management
Right before the start of the game, two lanes of the eight lanes of Sejong-daero next to Gwanghwamun Square were blocked from around 9:00 p.m. due to crowds of people gathering, securing additional cheering spots. Along with this, the safety fence was moved to expand the previously prepared five compartments (sectors), and some movement passages were controlled to ensure safety.
At 11:30 p.m., right before the game ended, exits 2, 3, and 9 of Gwanghwamun Station on Subway Line 5 were closed for safety. Two bus stops, including the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, were also closed, and all 22 bus routes passing through this place passed without stopping, and temporarily stopped at the Gwanghwamun and Gwanghwamun Building stops. In preparation for a crowd of citizens who had finished cheering, the police moved to the exit area of the subway station in advance, installed a fence, and conducted safety management.
Citizens also voluntarily seemed to care about safety and tidying up. Except for sectors where standing is possible, he refrained from actions that could interfere, such as standing up during the game. After the game, they voluntarily brought garbage bags from all over the plaza and cleaned up the area.
Lim Min-jae (28), who came wearing red clothes, said, “After the Itaewon disaster, there were a lot of people who were worried about safety. When I said we were going to cheer, people around me were very worried.” It seems to have been well maintained and ended without any problems.”