Jung Woo-young (VfB Stuttgart), the “top scorer,” laughed, “I didn’t know I’d score eight goals either.”
The South Korean Asian Games national soccer team, led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong, returned home through Incheon International Airport around 6 p.m. on the 8th.
On the previous day (7th), Hwang Sun-hong played the final match of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games against Japan at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China, and won 2-1 thanks to goals from Jung Woo-young and Cho Young-wook. won a gold medal.
It is Hwang Sun-hong who wrote a new history. It succeeded in achieving three consecutive gold medals by inheriting South Korea’s second consecutive gold medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games. 스포츠토토
No team has won the Asian Games three times in a row so far. Earlier, Taiwan (1954-1958), Myanmar (1966-1970), and Iran (1998-2002) won their second consecutive Asian Games football tournament, but failed to win their third consecutive championship.
It was not an easy match between Korea and Japan. He lost the first goal early in the day. Sato scored a low cross from the left side in the second minute of the first half. Shigemi, who was handed this, passed directly to Uchino, and Uchino shook the Korean net with a right-footed shot at the gate.
Korea succeeded in turning the tables. In the 27th minute of the first half, Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) scored an equalizer by connecting Hwang Jae-won (Daegu FC)’s cross with a strong header. And in the 11th minute of the second half, Cho Young-wook (FC Seoul) calmly beat one defense in the box and cut the net. The game ends as it is. It ended with the Korean championship.
The biggest player in this championship is Jung Woo-young no matter what. Even though he played as a side striker rather than a front-line striker, he shook the opponent’s net eight times, including the golden equalizer in the final. He was responsible for eight of the 27 goals Hwang Sun-hong scored in seven games and won the tournament’s top scorer.
Jung Woo-young won the gold medal on his own and even won a military service exemption. Lee Kang-in, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, drew the most attention, but none other than Jung Woo-young was the best player. He will be able to continue his European career without worrying by playing an active role as a so-called “legal military broker.”
In a return interview, Jung Woo-young said, “I personally feel good about winning and being the ‘scoring king’ at the same time. Winning and being the top scorer is a good step and experience as a player. I want to thank coach Hwang Sun-hong, the staff, and the players who helped me behind the scenes,” he said.
Earlier, Hwang Sun-hong said with a smile that he didn’t know Jung Woo-young was such a good scorer.
“I didn’t know I was this good at scoring,” Jung Woo-young said with a smile, adding, “I was able to score thanks to the trust of the coach and the players behind me.”
Looking back on the match against Japan, he explained, “There were some difficult parts because I gave up the first goal, but (Japan’s goal) went in quickly, and I was able to win because I had a strong belief that the players could do it together.”
Regarding receiving the “military exemption benefit,” Jung Woo-young said, “I was just happy to win a gold medal with the players.” I went to Hangzhou after seeing only one (gold medal). So I didn’t think much about it because I was exempt from military service,” he said.
Now Jung Woo-young joins Klinsmann immediately to play an A-match in October.
The South Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will play the first round of the evaluation in October against Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 13th. After that, the venue will be moved to Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th to hold the second match against Vietnam. Players on the convened list will gather at the Paju National Training Center at 2 p.m. on the 9th.
Jung Woo-young said, “Competing is the same. I will show good performance so that I can play many games,” he vowed.
Jung Woo-young, who played with a “seven” score at the Asian Games, shook his head, saying, “It is impossible for (Son) Heung-min to play seven times in the A national team as long as he has an older brother,” and added, “No. 7 is heavy.” There was a lot of pressure in this tournament, but on the other hand, it was a boost. I think I played a good game with that strength.”
The Korean team enjoyed the joy of “dancing” in the locker room after winning the final match against Japan. Jung Woo-young laughed and said, “(Song) Min-gyu danced the hardest,” adding, “Next, I danced hard.” At that moment, I danced to express joy.”