Hwang Seon-hong’s striker Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon Managing Director), who was promoted to corporal on Armed Forces Day, said that his heart was even more filled after hearing the national anthem in enemy territory in China. He was satisfied that the referee’s decision, which he had concerns about, was clean.
The Asian Games national team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, won 2-0 with consecutive goals by Hong Hyun-seok and Song Min-gyu in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games men’s soccer quarterfinal against the host country, China, held at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China on the 1st (Korean time). The national team, which defeated the competitive soccer game that had raised many concerns before the game, faced Uzbekistan, the ‘champion candidate’, in the semifinals.메이저사이트
The national team moved Lee Kang-in, who had been a starter in the last two games, to the bench and went with a 4-3-3. Lee Kwang-yeon (Gangwon) guarded the goal, and Hwang Jae-won (Daegu), Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk), Lee Han-beom (Midtjylland), and Park Gyu-hyeon (Dresden) formed the back four. The midfield consisted of Hong Hyun-seok (Gent), Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk), and Ko Young-jun (Pohang). At the front, Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon) stood in the center, with Ahn Jae-jun (Bucheon) and Song Min-gyu (Jeonbuk) on the sides.
Even before the game, there were concerns about poor refereeing due to China’s rough soccer and the lack of VAR. However, the national team showed a significant difference in level and brought great embarrassment to Chinese soccer in front of 50,000 spectators.
In the 18th minute of the first half, Hong Hyun-seok, a top midfielder in the Belgian first division, scored a free kick goal to silence the cheers of the 50,000 spectators in China. Jaewon Hwang took part in the attack and was fouled on the right side of the penalty area. Baek Seung-ho and Hong Hyun-seok stood in front of the ball, and Hong Hyun-seok shook the top right corner of the Chinese goal with his left-footed free kick. It was a goal that Han Ja-chi could not have prevented even if he knew about it.
After scoring, Hong Hyun-seok held a shush ceremony as if to tell the Chinese crowd to be quiet, making Korean soccer fans cheer even more. China managed to hold on that day with a defense-focused formation, but they were unable to block Hong Hyun-seok’s sharp free kick and looked embarrassed.
China was completely divided after scoring an additional goal in the 35th minute of the first half. Jae-Jun Ahn threw a forward pass to Young-Wook Cho, who was cutting into the right flank, and the horizontal pass he delivered to the other side went between Han Ji-Chi and the Chinese defender. Han Ja-chi blocked Jo Young-wook’s pass, but the ball hit the right foot of Song Min-gyu, who was rushing in at the time, and hit the net.
Song Min-gyu put both hands to his ears and performed the ‘I can’t hear’ ceremony. At this time, China showed signs of collapse early on, with goalkeeper Han Tzu-chi and the defenders raising their voices at each other. China came out even rougher in the second half, but the national team, led by substitute Lee Kang-in, dominated the game and completely destroyed China’s fighting soccer.
October 1st, when the China War was held, was Armed Forces Day in Korea. Cho Young-wook, who participated in the competition as a soldier, was promoted to corporal that day. As a soldier protecting the Republic of Korea and a soccer player representing the Republic of Korea, his determination to face China must have been extraordinary.
Cho Young-wook, who met reporters in the mixed zone (joint reporting area) after the game, greeted them first with a sword-like salute. Cho Young-wook said, “I thought it would be a difficult game, but fortunately, the first goal went well and it didn’t seem as difficult as I had worried,” adding, “Now we meet Uzbekistan. I will recover well and prepare well,” adding that the game against China was easier than expected. revealed.메이저사이트
He then shared his feelings about becoming a corporal. “I heard that my classmates haven’t reported yet,” said Cho Young-wook, who laughed. “But I still got a corporal, and it feels good to win the game on Armed Forces Day.” He added, “I know that my team, Gimcheon, also won before the game. I feel good in many ways. “I think it’s good,” he said.
Regarding hearing the national anthem at China’s home stadium with close to 50,000 spectators, he said, “Not only today, but also at international competitions, and every time I go abroad and hear the national anthem, my heart fills with joy.” He added, “Especially because so many of the opposing spectators came today. He explained, “I think it was a little more special that the national anthem was sung in the midst of all this.”
The referee’s decision, which had raised concerns, was evaluated as clean. Jo Young-wook smiled and said, “I think China’s play was as expected,” but added, “Fortunately, the referee made the game so clean that I think it ended well without any major problems.”
At the same time, he said, “Actually, it was something that the players were a bit worried about before, so I wasn’t too upset. I felt sad when I saw the decision dispute in the women’s national team the day before,” he said, also addressing the women’s soccer players who were eliminated in the quarterfinals after losing to North Korea due to a biased decision the day before. I offered words of comfort.