Who will be the player who will fire the congratulatory gun in the finals?
The Korean men’s under-24 soccer team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, will play the final against Japan in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games men’s soccer team at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, on the 7th.
Korea sailed smoothly from the group stage to the semifinals without any major crises. In the group stage, they advanced to the round of 16 with 3 wins, 16 points and no goals in 3 games. They defeated Kyrgyzstan 5-1 in the round of 16, China 2-0 in the quarterfinals, and Uzbekistan, a powerhouse of the same age group, in the semifinals 2-1.
The opponent is Japan. A fateful rival. Japan defeated Hong Kong in the semifinals and advanced to the finals. Japan formed a team for this tournament with young players under the age of 22. There are no wild cards. After watching the 2024 Paris Olympics, they are showing that they are not an easy opponent even though the team is composed of younger players than other teams.
Korea lost 0-3 to Japan in the quarterfinals of the U-23 Asian Cup last June, when Lee Kang-in, Hong Hyun-seok, Cho Young-wook, and Ko Young-jun played. At that time, defeat must also be avenged.
Five years ago, Korea faced Japan in the final at the 2018 Jakarta-Palebang Games. At that time, after a close overtime game, thanks to goals from Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan, they defeated Japan 2-1, who had only scored one goal in the second half of extra time, and succeeded in winning their second consecutive tournament.
Korea is showing off its incredible scoring power in this tournament.
In particular, expectations are high on Jung Woo-young, who is the sole leading scorer by scoring seven goals in the tournament, including multiple goals in the first half against Uzbekistan. Jung Woo-young, who scored a hat trick in the first game of the tournament, is showing off his unstoppable scoring ability.
If Jung Woo-young becomes the top scorer, he will become the fourth Korean player to become the top scorer at the Asian Games. At the 1990 Beijing Games, Seo Jeong-won tied for the top scorer (4 goals) with Fasad Pius (Iran). At the 1994 Hiroshima Games, Hwang Seon-hong became the first solo top scorer with 11 goals. Then, in the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang tournament, Hwang Ui-jo ranked first in scoring with 9 goals. Expectations are high whether Jung Woo-young will fire the finals congratulatory gun along with the top scorer.토토사이트
In addition, fans are looking forward to Cho Young-wook, who is very active as a front-line striker, and Hong Hyun-seok and Baek Seung-ho, who are showing their presence in the midfield with fantastic free kicks and mid-range shots.
Now you just have to overcome one hurdle. If they defeat Japan, they will make history by becoming the first men’s soccer team to win three consecutive games in the Asian Games following the 2014 Incheon and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang games.
Who will be the player who will fire the congratulatory gun on the 7th, a day that will go down in Korean soccer history?