It was held 2014 FIFA World Cup AFC Qualification 7th game that was Korea Republic vs Uzbekistan. Korea Republic won the game 1-0 because Uzbekistan scored own goal at 43 minutes. So Korea Republic national team gets higher the probability that passes AFC Qualification round.
In addition, the most important thing is that Korea national team win th game without reply. Korea team have got goal since 2014 FIFA World Cup AFC Qualification 2th game vs Bahrain. Beacuse of it, 2014 FIFA World Cup AFC Qualification 7th game vs Uzbekistan is encouraging. And It is possible that key player of this game was Lee Myung-joo.
Lee Myung-joo contracted Pohang Steelers in 2012. His position is defensive midfielder and he links between defence and offence of Pohang. Because his remarkable activities, Pohang steelers won Hana Bank FA Cup and ranked 3rd place of K-league in 2012 season. So he won young player award of 2012.
In 2013 season, he lead midfielder line as upgrading ability and scoring ability is also improved as compared to last season. He recorded 5 goals in last season but in this season he records 4 goals. (this season is not finished.) Because of Lee Myung-joo's activities, Phang Steelers ranks first place of K-league Classic.
He was elected Korea national team because of his activities of K-league Classic. And he played starting member of 2014 FIFA World Cup AFC Qualification 7th game vs Uzbekistan.
His position of this game was defensive midfielder that he played starting member with 'Dokdo man' Park jong-woo. he dominate midifielder line from game opening part, attempted active physical fight and blocked Uzbekistan's attack in early stage.
In addition, he had the role of the initial set point of attack in the good path several times in the attack. Especially he greeted one to one chance that he faced Uzbekistan's goal keeper. This chance linked from Kim Sin-Wook and Son Heung-min's pass. Although Lee Myung-joo recoreded goal, his activities struck terror into Uzbekistan's heart.
Lee Myung-joo was the role of the defensive midfielder duty was faithfully. And he knew pitch condition that this day was rainy day. So he locked Uzbekistan's attack effectively.
Because this reason, he elected Man of the Match(MOM). It meant that he has left a strong impression so the A match debut game.
It does not not have to completely, Lee Myung-joo fill the vacant seat of Ki Sung-yeung and Koo Ja-cheol. Of course He is a great talent in the making that he has complementary part compared to Ki Sung-yeung and Koo Ja-cheol. So Korean fans anticipate his growth and his grouth will be big assets of Korean football.