Seol Young-woo (Ulsan Hyundai) gives Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk Hyundai) the word of sugar.
South Korea’s opponent in the round of 16 after their 5-1 win over Kyrgyzstan has been decided. It’s the hosts, China. South Korea will face the Chinese at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China, on March 1 for a spot in the quarterfinals.
With the quarterfinals being a trilateral matchup, soccer fans are already worried about China’s “Shaolin Soccer”. The prospect of facing the hosts in a tournament with rough play and no video assistant referee (VAR) has raised anxiety levels.
Sun Hong-ho Huang has already experienced China’s Shaolin football in June. The national team played two exhibition games against China in Hangzhou in June to prepare for the Asian Games. At the time, China angered Korean fans with their unsportsmanlike behavior throughout the game.
Moreover, there were injuries. Top players Uhm Won-sang, Ko Young-joon, and Cho Young-wook were injured against China, and there was a lot of criticism of coach Hwang Sun-hong for scheduling an exhibition against China.카지노
The team had a rough enough time in the exhibition game, and now they’re even more worried about facing China in the quarterfinals.
Captain Baek Seung-ho emphasized calmness. “It’s on China’s home turf, so it’s going to be rough, and we need to take advantage of that. It’s the Chinese who are in a hurry,” he explained.
Another wildcard, Seol Young-woo, said he would not back down. “I watched the Asian Games team’s exhibition match against China on TV, and it was very rough. Now it’s a one-off, so I’m not going to shy away from it, even if it means breaking my leg,” he said.
“When you go into a match, everyone is competitive. There will be fights, and I know that the Chinese get excited easily. You have to take advantage of that, and if your opponent reacts, you can get sent off.”
In the event of a scuffle with a Chinese player, Seol singled out Park Jin-seop as the player who would be the first to step up and fight. “First of all, it’s not me (laughs), but I think Jin-seob would be the first one to fight. Before the game, I will definitely tell him to never hit and only take hits because he will be sent off,” he said, revealing how to play Shaolin soccer.