The final opponent for Hwang Seon-hong, who is aiming for his first three consecutive Asian Games wins, has been decided. If they beat Uzbekistan in the semifinals, they will compete against their archrival Japan for their second consecutive gold medal.
The Asian Games national team led by coach Hwang Seon-hong will play the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games men’s soccer semifinal against Uzbekistan at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China at 9 p.m. on the 4th (Korean time).
In the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Tournament, Uzbekistan, which had reached the quarterfinals, pushed the national team led by then-coach Hak-Beom Kim to the brink of elimination. The national team barely won 4-3 thanks to Hwang Ui-jo’s hat trick and Hwang Hee-chan’s penalty kick winning goal in the second half of extra time.
They have a return match against Uzbekistan in the semifinals for the first time in five years, and if the national team beats Uzbekistan, they will meet Japan in the finals.
Japan advanced to the finals by defeating Hong Kong in the semifinals held at Xiaoshan Sports Center Stadium prior to the national team match. They won 4-0 thanks to Shun Ayukawa’s first goal in the 23rd minute of the first half, Shota Hino in the 9th minute of the second half, Yota Gomi in the 39th minute of the second half, and Shota Hino again in the 42nd minute of the second half.
Hong Kong produced the biggest upset of this tournament. They caused a stir by beating the Middle East powerhouse Iran 1-0. Hong Kong, which suffered two consecutive losses to Uzbekistan in the group stage and advanced to the round of 16 with 0 points, defeated Palestine and advanced to the quarterfinals. With 2 wins, 1 draw and 1st place in the group, they advanced to the round of 16 and were expected to lose against Iran, who had defeated Thailand and reached the quarterfinals, but Pan Feixuan’s winning goal in the 2nd minute of the second half put even Iran on its knees.
But advancing to the finals was not easy. Their opponent, Japan, also advanced to the round of 16 in the same group as Palestine and Qatar, defeating Myanmar 7-0 and advancing to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, they won 2-1 in a big match against North Korea, who had been scoreless throughout the tournament. Against Hong Kong, they achieved an easy win thanks to a quick first goal and two goals in the second half.
If the national team defeats Uzbekistan and advances to the finals, the match between Korea and Japan will be held for the second consecutive time in the finals following the last tournament. In the final at that time, the game was tightly tied 0-0 for 90 minutes. In overtime, Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan scored goals, defeating Japan, who had made up for one goal, with a score of 2-1 after a fierce battle, and won the gold medal.메이저놀이터
Expectations are high whether the national team’s victory over Uzbekistan will lead to a second consecutive Korea-Japan match. The finals will be held at the same stadium on the 7th.
Meanwhile, on this day, coach Hwang Seon-hong will play 4-2-3-1. Lee Gwang-yeon will guard the goal, and Hwang Jae-won, Park Jin-seop, Lee Han-beom, and Seol Young-woo will be in the back four. Baek Seung-ho and Hong Hyun-seok are located in the midfield, and Eom Won-sang, Jung Woo-young, and Lee Kang-in work together in the second line. At the forefront, Cho Young-wook aims to score.
Uzbekistan stands at 4-5-1. Vladimir Nazarov puts on goalkeeper gloves. The defensive line is formed by Saidajamat Mirsaydov, Mukhamadkodir Kamraliev, Asadbek Rakimzonov, and Alibek Davronov. Ibrokim Ivrajmov, Uluzibek Komov, Jasurbek Djalolidinov, Yuldoshev Ibrokim Khalil, and Abdu-Rauf Buryev are in the midfield. At the front line, Ruslan Iyanov, who scored a goal in a friendly match against the national team last year, is aiming at the goal once again.