Top scorer’ Jeong Woo-young (VfB Stuttgart) laughed and said, “I didn’t know I would score 8 goals either.”
The Republic of Korea Asian Games national soccer team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, returned to Korea through Incheon International Airport around 6 p.m. on the 8th.
The previous day (7th), Hwang Seon-hong played against Japan in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games final at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China, and won 2-1 thanks to goals by Jung Woo-young and Cho Young-wook. Won a gold medal.
This is Hwang Seon-hong, who wrote ‘New History’. At the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games, Korea continued its momentum of two consecutive gold medals and succeeded in achieving its third consecutive victory.
Until now, no team has won three consecutive Asian Games. Previously, Taiwan (1954-1958), Myanmar (1966-1970), and Iran (1998-2002) achieved two consecutive Asian Games soccer titles, but failed to win three consecutive titles.스포츠토토
The match between Korea and Japan was not easy. They stumbled after giving up the first goal early on. Sato sent a low cross from the left side in the 2nd minute of the first half. Shigemi, who received this, passed it straight to Uchino, and Uchino hit the Korean net with a right-footed shot right in front of the goal.
Korea succeeded in turning the tables. In the 27th minute of the first half, Jung Woo-young scored the equalizer by connecting Hwang Jae-won (Daegu FC)’s cross with a powerful header. And in the 11th minute of the second half, Cho Young-wook (FC Seoul) calmly beat a defender inside the box and scored the net. The game ends as is. It ended with Korea winning.
No matter what anyone says, the biggest player in this win is Jung Woo-young. Even though he played as a side striker rather than a front-line striker, he hit the opponent’s net eight times, including the tying goal in the final. He was responsible for 8 of the 27 goals scored by Hwang Seon-hong in 7 games and was the top scorer of the tournament.
Jung Woo-young won a gold medal on his own and even received special military service exemption. The most attention was focused on Lee Kang-in, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, but the player who performed the best was none other than Jung Woo-young. He has been very active as a so-called ‘legal military service broker’ and has been able to continue his European career without worry.
In an interview upon returning home, Jung Woo-young said about winning the championship and being the top scorer at the same time, “I feel good personally. It is a good step and experience as a player to win the championship and be the top scorer. I would like to thank coach Hwang Seon-hong, the staff, and the players who helped me from behind. “I want to say thank you,” he said.
Earlier, coach Hwang Seon-hong said with a smile that he did not know that Jung Woo-young was such a good scorer.
Jung Woo-young laughed and said, “I didn’t know he was this good at scoring goals,” and gave credit to those around him, saying, “I was able to score a goal thanks to the trust of the players and the coach behind me.”
Looking back on the game against Japan, he explained, “There were some difficult parts because we gave up the first goal, but (Japan’s goal) went in quickly, and the players had a strong belief that they could do it together, so we were able to win.”
Regarding receiving the ‘military exemption benefit’, Jung Woo-young said, “I was just happy that I won a gold medal with the athletes. I went to Hangzhou after seeing just one (gold medal). So I didn’t think much about the military exemption.”
Now, Jung Woo-young will immediately join Klinsmann Ho for the international match in October.
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will play the first match of the October evaluation against Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 13th. Afterwards, the team will move to Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th and play the second match against Vietnam. The players on the call-up list will gather at the Paju National Team Training Center at 2 p.m. on the 9th.
Jung Woo-young pledged, “Competing is the same. I will show a good performance so that I can play in many games.”
Jung Woo-young, who played wearing the number ‘7’ in the Asian Games, shook his head and said, “As long as (Son) Heung-min is there, it is impossible to wear the number 7 in the A team,” and then added, “The number 7 has a sense of weight. There is no pressure in this tournament. “It wasn’t good, but on the other hand, it gave me strength. I think I played a good game with that strength.”
The Korean team celebrated their victory in the final match against Japan and enjoyed joy by dancing in the locker room after confirming their victory. Jung Woo-young laughed and said, “(Song) Min-gyu danced the hardest,” and added, “I danced the hardest. I danced to express my joy at that moment.”