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Ally McCoist impressed with Wolves star Hwang Hee-chan despite South Korea defeat

South Korea are out of the World Cup following a heavy defeat to Brazil in the last 16, but Ally McCoist praised the performance of Wolves star Hwang Hee-chan.

Competition favourites Brazil simply had too much for Paulo Bento’s side at Stadium 974, and essentially won the game by half-time.

Korea got off to a terrible start, with Vinicius Jr curling an effort into the far corner.

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Neymar then scored from the penalty spot to put Brazil 2-0 up after just 13 minutes.

Some hapless Korea defending led to two more goals from Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta, and it looked as though Korea were heading for a huge embarrassment.

But to their credit they were much improved in the second-half. Or it may have been that Brazil eased off.

Paik Seung-ho pulled one back, but there was to be no sensational comeback. Korea will simply be glad they kept the scoreline down to four.

Wolves fans tuning in will have caught Hwang in action for the Taegeuk Warriors.

Following his heroics against Portugal, the 26-year-old was named in the starting lineup by Bento.

Korea struggled for the majority of the game, but Hwang was arguably Korea’s best player on the night.

In the 16th minute, he tested Alisson from around 30 yards out with a fantastic hit that was travelling towards the top corner.

He got on the ball a lot and never stopped trying. He carried the ball well and sought to link up with the others in attack.

It was a difficult for him against such quality opposition and having only had a half an hour cameo under his belt before this game.

At the end he had another good chance to score from a fairly tight angle. But he blazed his effort over and should have done better. Perhaps tiredness was a factor, given he did work his socks off.

Hwang’s efforts were acknowledged by Ally McCoist on commentary duty for ITV.

He said of the Wolves star in the second-half: “He has kept going on the right side, Hwang, I’ll say that for him.”

Towards the end of the game, McCoist then added: “He’s been excellent tonight, he really has.”

Hwang Hee-chan has looked good for South Korea at the World Cup, in boost for Wolves

Wolves fans should feel encouraged by Hwang’s contributions for Korea at the World Cup.

He didn’t get to feature as much as he’d have hoped due to his hamstring injury.

But he made that decisive impact against Portugal, and then put in a really admirable performance against a top quality side in Brazil.

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Hwang has struggled for Wolves this calendar year. At times he has appeared to be lacking confidence.

But he has served up a reminder of his quality in Qatar.

He now needs to show it on a more consistent basis for Wolves. Perhaps Julen Lopetegui will be the man to get it out of him.