“It was a terrible result,” said France U-21 head coach Thierry Henry after his side fell to a 0-3 defeat to the South Korean Olympic football team, coached by Hwang Sun-hong.South Korea’s U-22 team defeated France’s U-21 team 3-0 in an away friendly at Stade Ocean in Le Havre, France, on Monday morning (July 21).Minnesota’s Jung Sang-bin, who plays in the Major League Soccer (MLS), scored a brilliant free kick in the 25th minute and added a second goal nine minutes later.Hong Yun-sang (Pohang) scored a late stoppage-time winner to complete the rout. Henri, a former ‘legendary goalie’, fielded a number of promising youngsters from top clubs, including Mathis Thiel (Bayern Munich) and Bradley Barcola (Paris Saint-Germain), but came up short.
According to local outlet FootMercato, Henri told L’Equipe after the game, “The second and third goals were ridiculous. The way we handled the crosses…” he said.The second goal was also the result of a defender failing to clear a cross from Cho Hyun-taek (Ulsan) from the left flank.Looking back at the third goal, which was the result of a mistake from the back, Henri said, “The last goal speaks for itself. There’s a realistic part of soccer where you create a lot of chances and if you don’t score, you give the opponent a chance to counterattack,” Henri said.”The free kick (conceded) was still beautiful, but the rest of the goals were avoidable. “In terms of fighting spirit, it wasn’t difficult to play better than we did in Austria, but now the result is terrible,” he added.The French U-21s also lost 0-2 away to Austria in a UEFA U-21 European Championship qualifier on Aug. 18.Henri was named France’s national age-group coach in August.During his playing career, Henri made a name for himself as one of the world’s best strikers, scoring 175 goals in the English Premier League for Arsenal in eight seasons before signing with Barcelona (Spain) in 2007.In 2002-2003, he achieved the only “20 goals and 20 assists in a single season” in league history with 24 goals and 20 assists, and in 2003-2004, when 온라인카지노 Arsenal won the title unbeaten, he was the league’s top scorer with 30 goals in the league alone.