Hwang Seon-hong Leads Korean National Team to Victory in Hangzhou Asian Games
The Korean national team, under the guidance of coach Hwang Seon-hong, secured their second consecutive win in the men’s football group stage at the Hangzhou Asian Games. In a dominant performance, they defeated Thailand with a resounding 4-0 victory in Group E at the Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Zhejiang, China on the 21st.
Korea’s previous victory against Kuwait, with an astonishing scoreline of 9-0, earned them 6 points and guaranteed their spot in the round of 16. Regardless of the outcome of their final group match against Bahrain on the 24th, Korea will finish first in their group.
Coach Hwang Seon-hong made tactical changes for the match, deploying Park Jae-yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai) as the forward. Ko Young-jun (Pohang Steelers), Eom Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai), and Ahn Jae-jun (Bucheon FC 1995) served as secondary strikers.
Leading the midfield were Hong Hyun-seok (Gent) and captain Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk). The defensive lineup comprised Hwang Jae-won (Daegu FC), Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk), Lee Jae-ik (Seoul E-Land), and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), with Gwang-yeon Lee (Gangwon FC) as the goalkeeper.
Korea took the lead in the 15th minute of the first half when Hong Hyun-seok scored a header. Seol Young-woo’s cross from the left side created the opportunity for Hong Hyun-seok to penetrate the Thai defenders and find the back of the net.
Just five minutes later, Ahn Jae-jun doubled Korea’s lead with a powerful right-footed strike. Park Jae-yong made a precise pass to Ahn Jae-jun near the goal line, navigating through two opposing defenders. It was Ahn Jae-jun’s second consecutive goal.
In the 39th minute of the first half, Eom Won-sang sealed the victory for Korea with a right-footed shot after a one-two pass with Ko Young-meh.
Korea extended their lead to 4-0 in extra time of the first half. Jae-Ik Lee exploited the Thai defense’s inability to clear the ball and unleashed a thunderous strike.
Despite the commanding lead, coach Hwang Seon-hong was not content and made substitutions in the second half. Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) replaced Eom Won-sang at the start of the half, and Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon Managing Director) replaced Ko Young-jun in the 31st minute, adding an extra attacking threat.
Four minutes after coming on, Cho Young-wook had a golden opportunity to score by intercepting a pass to the Thai goalkeeper. However, his shot narrowly missed the target, denying Korea an additional goal.
In the final minutes of the match, Korea had several chances to score but were unable to find the back of the net due to the opponent’s strong defense and goalkeeping.
Meanwhile, Lee Kang-in, who arrived in Hangzhou earlier in the day, watched the match from the stands, supporting his teammates.
With their impressive performances in the group stage, Korea will enter the round of 16 with great confidence as they continue their quest for gold at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
Hwang Seon-hong made it two wins in a row in the men’s football group stage of the Hangzhou Asian Games, securing early progress to the round of 16.
The Korean national team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, defeated Thailand 4-0 in the second match of men’s football group E of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games held at the Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Zhejiang, China, on the 21st.
Korea, who defeated Kuwait 9-0 in the first match two days ago, earned 6 points with the victory that day and secured a place in the round of 16 by taking first place in the group regardless of the result of the final match. group against. Bahrain to be held on the 24th.
On this day, Korea sent Park Jae-yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai) to the front line and used Ko Young-jun (Pohang Steelers), Eom Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai), and Ahn Jae-jun (Bucheon FC 1995) as second. – line strikers.
In addition, Hong Hyun-seok (Gent) and captain Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk) guarded the midfield, while Hwang Jae-won (Daegu FC), Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk), Lee Jae-ik (Seoul E -Land ), and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) formed the back four. The goalkeeper was Gwang-yeon Lee (Gangwon FC).
Korea opened the scoring with Hong Hyun-seok’s header 15 minutes into the first half.
Seol Young-woo’s cross from the left side of the Thai camp was answered by Hong Hyun-seok, who darted through the Thai defenders and headed the ball into the net.
Korea took the lead and scored their second goal five minutes later with Ahn Jae-jun’s right foot.
Jae-jun Ahn scored the second goal by kicking the ball powerfully with his right foot after Park Jae-yong passed through two opposing defenders near the goal line on the right side of the Thailand goal area. Two goals in a row Ahn Jae-jun.
In the 39th minute of the first half, Korea, who secured the victory, Eom Won-ganu broke through the Thai defensive line with a 2:1 pass with Ko Young-meh, and then split the Thai goal with a shot right foot
Korea, who ran away with a 3-0 lead, even managed to score a goal in extra time in the first half to make it 4-0.
Jae-Ik Lee took advantage of the Thai defense’s inability to clear the ball completely in a set-piece situation and scored the team’s fourth goal with a thunderous strike.
Although the first half ended 4-0, coach Hwang Seon-hong was not satisfied.
At the start of the second half, Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) replaced Eom Won-sang, and in the 31st minute of the second half, Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon Managing Director) replaced Go Young-jun in search of an extra . aim.
Four minutes after entering the field, Cho Young-wook had a golden opportunity to score by intercepting an opponent’s pass to the goalkeeper, but his shot narrowly missed Thailand’s right post and he was unable to score an extra point.
Korea had several chances to score in the 45th minute of the second half, but was satisfied with a 4-goal victory due to the opponent’s save and handling of the last ball.
Meanwhile, Lee Kang-in, who arrived in Hangzhou this afternoon, watched his teammates’ activities from the stands rather than from the bench.
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