Toyota Asia Rising Star of June - South Korea's Hwang Hee-Chan

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Tough he failed to score at the 2018 World Cup, his performances were praiseworthy....

South Korea returned from their World Cup exertions after the group stage ended, having finished third in Group F behind Sweden and Mexico. Though the team lost their opening two games against Sweden and Mexico, they pulled off a grand win in the final game. 

They put defending champions Germany to the sword with a 2-0 win and ensured they would hold their heads high as they returned home. 

Son Heung Min scored two goals in the campaign including one against Germany but the star of the show was young striker Hwang Hee-Chan. He started the first two games for South Korea and only had 0.7 shots per game. 

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But his real impact was his movement and passing which helped Son find space in attack. He had four key passes in two games and won five aerial duels. 

The RB Leipzig striker also had eight successful dribbles through the tournament. He featured for 23 minutes against Germany as well and played an ideal foil to Tottenham star Son. 

The speedy dribbler that he is, Hwang Hee-Chan promises a lot to South Korea and is rightly named the Asian Young Player of the Month for June. 

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