21 of the final 22 players entered the field. Hwang Seon-Hong-ho passed the group stage smoothly even though he had a balanced roster of players.
Thanks to back-to-back goals by Lee Han-beom (Midtjylland), Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk Hyundai) and Go Young-jun (Pohang Steelers) in the second half of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games Men’s Football Group E Group 3 match held at Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in China on the 24th, Bahrain defeated 3-0. Korea, which maintained the lead from the start of the game until the final whistle sounded, scored three goals in the second half alone to achieve a scoreless victory by three goals.
They finished the group stage with a record worthy of a championship contender. Korea passed the group stage smoothly, scoring 16 goals and conceding 0 goals in 3 games.
This is a feat achieved even with a balanced use of players. The only player in Hwang Seon-Hong who has not yet played is goalkeeper Kim Jeong-Hoon (Jeonbuk Hyundai). Even Song Min-gyu (Jeonbuk), who was injured, participated in the third game, and all field players stepped onto the Asian Games field. Starting goalkeeper Lee Gwang-yeon (Gangwon FC) played in two games, and Min Seong-jun (Incheon United) wore goalkeeper gloves in the third game.
In the first game against Kuwait, there was a goal feast. Major players scored goals. German Bundesliga player Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) took off with a hat trick. Captain Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk Hyundai) scored a fantastic free kick goal and showed excellent game management skills. Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon Managing Director) contributed to the big win by scoring multiple goals. In addition, Eom Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai), Park Jae-yong (Jeonbuk), and Ahn Jae-jun안전놀이터 (Bucheon FC 1995) also joined the scoring race, marking Hwang Seon-hong’s great victory.
The second game was also okay. They won despite making drastic changes to their lineup. Multi-midfielder Hong Hyun-seok (KAA Gent) scored the first goal with a header. Jae-jun Ahn and Won-sang Eom scored goals in two consecutive games. At the end of the first half, central defender Lee Jae-ik (Seoul E-Land) also added to the scoring.
Key midfielder Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) also joined in. Lee Kang-in was excluded from the roster for the second match against Thailand. In the third game against Bahrain, he started and played only 36 minutes before being replaced. He focused on getting a feel for the game and improving his physical condition. Coach Hwang Seon-hong said, “Lee Kang-in planned to play for about 30 minutes. He wanted to play more, but we distributed the time we had planned and played the game. It is difficult to tell everything about the position, but Lee Kang-in played the game more freely than in a frame.” “I think it’s better to do that. Depending on the situation, I’m also planning to play a position that I can play a lot,” he said.
Lee Kang-in said, “I already knew (the starting time) before the game, so I wasn’t that disappointed,” and added, “As I said, the next game is the most important. I will do my best to win again.”
Hwang Seon-Hong passed the group stage smoothly by utilizing all field players. The goal is a gold medal. I am determined not to let down my guard until the very end. Coach Hwang Seon-hong said, “We played with many things in mind, including physical strength and combination. We were able to confirm many things. I think the game starts now after the preliminaries are over. We will prepare well and move forward one step at a time.” I promised.