Asian Games head coach Hwang Sun-hong once again criticized his players for their lack of focus against Kyrgyzstan.
Hwang Sun-hong’s men’s football team cruised to a 5-1 victory over Kyrgyzstan in the round of 16 men’s football match at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Jinhua, China on Sunday (July 27). Goals from Baek Seung-ho and Jeong Woo-young made it 2-1 at halftime, but the team came out firing in the second half with a relay goal from Cho Young-wook, Jeong Woo-young and Hong Hyun-seok. With the win, the team advanced to the quarterfinals. They will face China, who defeated Qatar 1-0 at the same time.
It wasn’t as easy as the score suggests. The first half was a difficult one. Baek Seung-ho’s penalty kick goal and Jung Woo-young’s goal a minute later seemed to put the game out of reach, but Baek Seung-ho’s mistake resulted in a goal, making the score 2-1 at halftime. In the second half, after failing to capitalize on several chances, the team was able to breathe a sigh of relief with goals from Jung Woo-young, Cho Young-wook, and Hong Hyun-seok.
After the match, coach Hwang Sun-hong said, “I’m happy to be going to the next round. I think soccer is a game of flow. If we don’t sink our opponents when we have the upper hand, we give them chances and struggle. I think today was a game where we learned that lesson. I hope we don’t have to play like this next time.”
On facing China in the quarterfinals, he said, “It’s a scenario that I fully expected. If we can’t overcome the large crowd or rough play, we can’t win the gold medal,” he said, emphasizing that we must overcome it. “We have three steps to go and no one is going to stop us. The players will take it one step at a time. I think it will be a good match,” he said, looking forward to the meeting with China.
Asked if the substitution of Lee Kang-in was planned, he said, “It was planned. There was no doubt about the victory,” he said. “However, after the first half, after the second goal, there was a lot of looseness in the game, and even apart from the goal, there were a lot of backward passes when we attacked, so I thought we needed to make fewer mistakes. In order to fully control the game, we need to have good ball possession, so we made some improvements in that area.”
Finally, as for the fact that the first goal came from a mistake, the team attributed it to playing too easy in the qualifiers.
“We had a lot of problems when we weren’t organized. We didn’t face many counterattacks or situations like that in the qualifiers, and the players lacked awareness of those situations and struggled psychologically when they were being chased. If you go beyond the quarterfinals, you’re going to have a lot of that. It’s important not to be psychologically shaken. We need to be well organized and overcome it.”
Here’s what Hwang Sun-hong had to say after the match.
-How did you feel about today’s game?
“I’m happy to go to the next round. I think soccer is a game of flow. If we don’t sink the opponent when we have the lead, we give them chances and we struggle. I think today was a game where we learned that lesson. I hope we don’t have to play like this next time.”
-Your quarterfinal opponent is China. How will you prepare for it?
“It’s a scenario we’ve been expecting. If we can’t overcome the large crowd or the rough play, we won’t win the gold medal. We have three steps left and no one is going to stop us. The players will take it one step at a time. I think it will be a good match.”카지노
-On whether the substitution of Lee Kang-in was planned.
“It was planned. It was a difficult game, but there was no doubt that we could win without Lee Kang-in.”
-What did you say to him at halftime?
“After the first half, after the second goal, there was a lot of looseness in the game and I thought we needed to cut down on our mistakes because there were a lot of backward passes when we were attacking, apart from the goal. In order to fully control the game, we need to have good ball possession, so we worked on that.”
-Anyway, the first goal came from a mistake. On how to improve going forward.
“We had a lot of problems when we weren’t organized. In the qualifiers, we didn’t face a lot of counterattacks and things like that, so we didn’t have a lot of awareness of those situations, and psychologically we struggled with being chased. In the quarterfinals, that will happen a lot. It’s important not to be psychologically shaken. You have to be well organized and get through it.”