South Korea’s men’s soccer team, bidding for a third consecutive Asian Games title, cruised to a 4-0 victory over Thailand in their second group game of the tournament in Hangzhou to secure a spot in the Round of 16.
Hwang Sun-hong’s men’s team cruised to a 4-0 victory over Thailand in their second Group E match of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Zhejiang, China, on Monday.
Having won both of their group games, Hwang’s men have accumulated six points to secure first place in Group E.
In the previous match, second-place Bahrain (2 points) drew with Kuwait, eliminating the possibility of South Korea taking over the top spot regardless of the final result.
The winner of Group E will face the second-place finisher from Group F, which includes North Korea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, and Chinese Taipei, in the Round of 16.
South Korea, which exploded for a combined 13 goals in two games following its 9-0 win over Kuwait, will play its final group game against Bahrain on Thursday.
Head coach Hwang Sun-hong deployed Park Jae-yong (Jeonbuk) up front, while other K League strikers such as Go Young-joon (Pohang), Uhm Won-sang (Ulsan) and Ahn Jae-joon (Bucheon) were also actively looking to score.
Hwang Jae-won (Daegu), Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk), Lee Jae-ik (Seoul Eland), and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) formed the back four, with Hong Hyun-seok (Ghent) and captain Baek Seung-ho supporting them in the midfield. 바카라사이트 Lee Kwang-yeon (Gangwon) was the starting goalkeeper.
South Korea opened the scoring with a header from Hong Hyun-seok just 15 minutes after kickoff and went on to score four goals in the first half.
Five minutes after Hong Hyun-seok’s goal, Ahn Jae-joon scored his second goal of the game when the opposing defense failed to handle a ball that was flowing in front of him and he struck it hard with his right foot.
In the 39th minute, Uhm Won-sang continued his scoring streak against Kuwait. After a 2-on-1 pass, she beat the defense for a split second to get into the box and rattled the net with a hard right-footed shot.
In first-half stoppage time, defender Lee Jae-ik also found the back of the net. This time, on a set piece, Lee took advantage of the Thai defense’s inability to clear the ball perfectly and made it 4-0 in the first half with a thunderous shot.
Coach Hwang was not satisfied with the four-goal deficit, so at the start of the second half, he removed Uhm Won-sang and introduced Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), and in the 31st minute of the second half, he introduced Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon) instead of Ko Young-joon.
Cho, who scored two goals in Kuwait, had a golden opportunity to score just four minutes after taking the field when he intercepted a pass that was headed for the keeper.
However, he was unable to add to his tally as he narrowly missed the target.
Meanwhile, Lee Kang-in, who arrived in Hangzhou that afternoon, was left off the roster due to the tight schedule and watched his teammates from the stands instead of the bench.
He couldn’t hide his delight as he exchanged a series of high fives with the Korean Football Association officials in attendance after each of Hwang’s goals. 슬롯사이트