Hwang Seon-hong (55), coach of the Korean men’s Asian Games national soccer team, expressed his determination to defeat Japan, the final opponent with a gold medal on the line.
Korea defeated Uzbekistan, a team of 10 players, 2-1 in the men’s semifinals of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China on the 4th, thanks to multiple goals by Jung Woo-young (24, Stuttgart).
With this victory, Korea will meet Japan, which defeated Hong Kong 4-0, in the final held at the same time and location on the 7th.
Coach Hwang said at the official press conference after the game, “It was a difficult game as expected. “There is no easy victory in soccer,” he said. “The players did it with determination. “There is one last step left, and I will give it my all and win the gold medal for sure,” he said.
On this day, Korea played a difficult game against Uzbekistan, which was strong in its age group at the Asian Games. Although we were one step ahead throughout the game, we could not relax our nerves due to the opponent’s persistent pursuit.
Coach Hwang said, “Today’s game was dominated by the opponent’s pace. “We didn’t show much of what we were good at,” he said.
The opponent’s equalizer from a free kick in the 26th minute of the first half was the most disappointing part. Coach Hwang, who looked back on the scene at the time, said, “There were some unavoidable aspects of giving up a foul in a dangerous area against a team with free kick specialists,” but added, “You can’t play soccer without conceding any goals.” He added, “The game may change depending on the opponent. “I feel positive about winning,” he emphasized, adding, “I was confident of victory because the players showed determination and concentration until the end even in a difficult game.”
It is also interesting that the final match where the gold medal was at stake was the fateful Korea-Japan match.레고토토
Korea won the gold medal at the Jakarta-Palembang Games five years ago, beating Japan 2-1 in the final.
Regarding the Korea-Japan match, Coach Hwang said, “Regardless of the reason, we must win,” and added, “We will all work together to take the last step.”
It is bad news that players are injured ahead of the most important juncture. After being replaced due to an injury in the second half, Eom Won-sang (Ulsan), the side’s problem solver, left the stadium on the back of a national team official.
Coach Hwang said, “We have done well so far without any major injuries, but Eom Won-sang was injured,” adding, “We need to check his condition. “We will make the final choice after checking the player’s physical condition.”