South Korea and China scored the first goal!Korea 1-0 China

The national soccer team, led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong, will face host China in the men’s soccer quarterfinals at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at Hwangryong Sports Center Stadium at 9 p.m. on the 1st.

Hwang Sun-hong passed the group stage with three wins. In the round of 16, the team won 5-1 against Kyrgyzstan. They met China, which beat Qatar in the round of 16, in the quarterfinals.

The winner will meet Uzbekistan in the semifinals. On the same day, Uzbek beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals.

Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) starts on the bench. Ko Young-joon (Pohang Steelers) replaced Lee Kang-in.

Hwang Sun-hong had Ahn Jae-joon (Bucheon FC 1995), Cho Young-wook (Kimcheon Sangmu), Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), and Song Min-gyu (Jeonbuk Hyundai) in the offense. In midfield, Hong Hyun-seok (KAA Hent) is working with Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk). Park Kyu-hyun (Dinamo Dresden), Park Jin-seop, Lee Han-beom (Mitt Willan), and Hwang Jae-won (Daegu FC) were in the four-back, while Lee Kwang-yeon (Gangwon FC) wore the goalkeeper gloves.

China came out rough from the beginning of the game. He fouled Park Jin-seop 10 seconds into the game. In the third minute, he made a strong tackle on Park Jin-seop. Unlike the previous game in which he used four backs, China focused on responding to Korea’s attacks by having five defenders.

South Korea’s Ko Young-joon attempted his first shot in the fifth minute, but the ball floated over the crossbar. In the seventh minute, Cho Young-wook’s header went slightly off the left side of the goal. Hong Hyun-suk’s cross exactly found his head. South Korea continued to look for opportunities by turning the ball around in the Chinese camp. In the 15th minute, Ko Young-joon’s shot hit the defense and was put in the goalkeeper’s arms.

Defender Hwang Jae-won got a free kick near the penalty box in the 17th minute. Hong Hyun-suk scored a free kick himself. A sharp curl split the corner of the right goal. South Korea leads China 1-0.

The Korean national soccer team has won five Asian Games (1970, 1978, 1986, 2014, 2018), the most by any country. Following Busan in 2014, he won two consecutive competitions until Jakarta Palembang in 2018. South Korea, led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong, will achieve its first three consecutive wins in the tournament’s history if it wins the tournament.


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