- Concerns about repeating the nightmare of defeat in the second game 5 years ago
- Reorganizing the battle line ahead of the match against Thailand on the 21st
‘We must not repeat the nightmare of 5 years ago’. This is a special order given to Hwang Seon-hong, who is attempting to win his third consecutive men’s soccer title at the Asian Games (AG).
The Korean national soccer team is taking a commemorative photo after winning a resounding victory against Kuwait in the first match of the men’s soccer group stage at the Hangzhou Asian Games on the 19th. yunhap news
Hwang Sun-hong, who won 9-0 against Kuwait in the first match of the Hangzhou AG men’s soccer group stage, still did not relax. After the game, Coach Hwang Seon-hong had no smile on his face. This is because we are well aware of the difficult journey of Kim Hak-beom, who won the previous competition, Jakarta-Palembang AG in 2018.
Five years ago, Kim Hak-beom won 6-0 in his first game against Bahrain, but suffered a shock loss of 1-2 in the second game against Malaysia. In the end, Kim Hak-beom, who advanced to the round of 16 by finishing second in his group, faced the powerhouse Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals and had a bloody overtime struggle to win the championship with much more difficulty than expected.
Coach Hwang Seon-hong, who knows this process well, said after the Kuwait game, “You have to have confidence, but forget about everything else. He did not relax his nerves, saying, “I will do my best in every game to win.”
Hwang Seon-hong will play the second match of Group E against Thailand at Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Zhejiang, China at 8:30 pm on the 21st. With a big win against Kuwait, Korea is at the top of Group E (3 points), while Thailand and Bahrain tied 1-1 and are tied for second place. If Korea wins against Thailand, it will secure at least second place and advance to the round of 16 regardless of the result of the third game against Bahrain.
However, if they draw or lose, they have to consider the complexities and could advance to the round of 16 by finishing second in their group. This is why the match against Thailand must be scheduled to avoid repeating the nightmare of five years ago.
In the match against Bahrain, Thailand was down 0-1 until the end of regular time in the second half, but ended in a draw with a dramatic equalizer in extra time in the second half. Looking at this game alone, it is difficult for Thailand to be Korea’s opponent. But you can never let down your guard. This is because there are variables such as local hot weather and a tight competition schedule.메이저놀이터
The daytime temperature in Jinhua, where the match against Thailand is being held, is so hot that it approaches 35 degrees. As Korea is relatively vulnerable to heat, weather variables must be overcome.
Since there is only one day of rest after the first game, the players must also pay attention to managing their condition. In the first game against Kuwait, Coach Hwang brought in key players such as Hong Hyun-seok (Gent) and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) only after the gap widened significantly in the second half. It appears to have been paved with a tight schedule in mind.
Even in training on the 20th, Coach Hwang had most of the key players from the first game, including Woo-young Jeong (Stuttgart), Young-wook Cho (Gimcheon), and Won-sang Eom (Ulsan), rest at their lodgings, and trained only half of the players, including Jun Choi (Busan) and Jae-ik Lee (Seoul E-Land). participated in.