Before the tournament, the assessment that they were the weakest offensive line ever was overturned. He is even able to put ace Lee Kang-in on the bench rather than a starter. Hwang Seon-hong’s offensive resources are at an all-time high.
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).
The national team struggled throughout the competition and advanced to the semifinals. In the group stage, they achieved perfect results by winning all three games and scoring 16 goals without conceding any goals against Kuwait, Thailand, and Bahrain, and advanced to the round of 16 as first place in the group.
In the round of 16, the national team scored 5 goals against Kyrgyzstan and won 5-1. In the quarterfinals against China, which was considered the biggest challenge, the national team won a clean 2-0 victory without any rough soccer or disputes over the decision. In particular, he showed confidence in scoring two goals even after putting ace Lee Kang-in on the bench.
To date, the national team has scored a total of 23 goals. A new record has already been set for the most points scored in the competition. The previous record was 19 goals scored by Kim Hak-beom from the group stage to the final during the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Tournament. The national team has already scored four more goals with two games remaining. It’s great firepower.
Even before the start of the tournament, there were many evaluations that they were the weakest offensive line of all time. The feeling of weight was somewhat reduced from the front line. As Ahn Jae-jun (Anyang) and Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon), who played in the second division K League 2, and Park Jae-yong, who transferred to Jeonbuk but spent most of his time in K League 2, were selected, concerns arose about his scoring ability.
Although second-line resources were selected from abroad, such as Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) and Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), as well as players who fly and crawl in K-League 1, such as Eom Won-sang (Ulsan), Song Min-gyu (Jeonbuk), and Ko Young-jun (Pohang), they are not the scorer type. There were still concerns about scoring ability due to the lack of players.
However, when the tournament started, all attack resources except Lee Kang-in scored goals and the evaluation was overturned. Jung Woo-young scored 5 goals, Eom Won-sang, Cho Young-wook, and Ahn Jae-jun scored 2 goals, and Park Jae-yong, Song Min-gyu, and Ko Young-jun scored 1 goal each. Only Lee Kang-in, who joined late and is still getting his hands and feet together, failed to record any offensive points such as goals or assists.
Previously, coach Hwang Seon-hong sent Lee Kang-in as a starter in the third group match against Bahrain and the round of 16 against Kyrgyzstan. It seemed like a plan to check Lee Kang-in’s physical condition and improve his condition in order to use him as a key resource in the upcoming tournament.
Against expectations, Lee Kang-in was benched in the game against China. It was a passage that gave a glimpse of director Hwang Seon-hong’s confidence. It was a starting list that calculated that they could sufficiently dominate China even without Lee Kang-in as a starter.
On this day, coach Hwang Seon-hong placed Cho Young-wook in the front line and Song Min-gyu, Ko Young-jun, and Ahn Jae-jun in the second line. And Song Min-gyu scored the first goal of the tournament in the 35th minute of the first half, as if repaying coach Hwang Sun-hong’s faith. Cho Young-wook also played full-time and played a big role, including setting up a scoring scene for Song Min-gyu.
Lee Kang-in and Jung Woo-young, who came on as substitutes in the second half, displayed skills that were two levels higher than China’s and played in a way that allowed the national team to manage the game without too much strain. This was possible thanks to the outstanding performance of the national team’s all-time offensive resources.레모나토토
Coach Hwang Seon-hong said with satisfaction, “Putting Lee Kang-in to the bench was well-calculated. We made the roster according to the opponent,” and added, “All of the strikers are in good condition. No matter who we bring in, they do their part.”
As the offensive resources are plentiful, many demands are placed on them during the game. Coach Hwang Seon-hong said, “We need the energy of the forward strikers. This is because we press forward and focus on the attack. There is no player other than Cho Young-wook who has played 90 minutes. We talked about those things before the competition. We divided the playing time. “There is,” he said, ordering the strikers to pour in so much energy that they cannot play full time.
This immediately led to his confidence. He said, “It’s okay no matter who plays. It’s very positive that the strikers are in good condition,” and showed confidence that any combination would be fine. They even lowered Lee Kang-in to the bench.