The Under 22 (U-22) national soccer team, led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong, struggled to win its first game in the second round of the first qualifying round for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
South Korea beat Kyrgyzstan 1-0 in the second Group B match of the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup at Changwon Football Center in Gyeongsangnam-do on the 9th by keeping Hong Yoon-sang’s winning goal in the third minute of the first half.
As a result, South Korea, which had one win and three points, rose to the top of the group. South Korea lost 0-2 to Qatar on the 6th. However, Qatar will advance to the finals as the host country of the 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup. Therefore, the match against Qatar is not reflected in the qualifying standings.
The preliminary round was a ticket to the AFC U-23 Asian Cup finals next year, the final Asian qualifying round for the Paris Olympics. This is the first step toward the Paris Olympics. A total of 16 teams will compete in the U-23 Asian Cup finals, including the top-ranked teams in each of the 11 preliminary groups, the top four teams among the second-ranked teams in the group, and host Qatar. The U-23 Asian Cup finals will be held in Qatar from April to May 2024. They must be in the top three in the Asian Cup finals to advance to the Olympic finals.
South Korea, which beat Kyrgyzstan, topped Group B with one win and three points. Just by drawing against Myanmar at the same venue on the 12th, he can advance to the AFC U-23 Asian Cup finals as the top player in the group.
Head coach Hwang Sun-hong pulled out a 4-3-3 formation. Kim Shin-jin (Seoul), Jung Sang-bin (Minesota), and Hong Yoon-sang were in charge of the attack, while Oh Jae-hyuk (Jeonbuk), Kwon Hyuk-kyu (Celtic), and Baek Sang-hoon (Seoul) were in charge of the midfield. Lee Tae-seok (Seoul), Cho Sung-kwon (Kimpo), Cho Wi-je (Busan), and Park Chang-woo (Jeonbuk) stood side by side, while Kim Jung-hoon (Jeonbuk) defended the goal.
South Korea scored the first goal three minutes into the first half. Jung Sang-bin dug into the right side and stabbed the cross low into the gate. Hong Yoon-sang, who was rushing into the goal, connected it with a right-footed non-stop shot and shook the net.
South Korea continued to launch unilateral attacks against Kyrgyzstan. However, he failed to take advantage of the 메이저사이트 chance in front of the goal and finished the first half with a 1-0 lead. Throughout the first half, the flow was cut off due to frequent pass misses in the midfield and defense.
South Korea struggled with Kyrgyzstan’s strong counterattack in the second half. He allowed several decisive counterattacks, but managed to avoid losing a point. Coach Hwang Sun-hong changed the attack in the 14th minute of the second half by putting Lee Hyun-joo (Bisbaden) and Min Kyung-hyun (Incheon) instead of Jung Sang-bin and Park Chang-woo. Since then, Heo Yul, Um Ji-sung (Gwangju FC), and Lee Jin-yong (Daegu) have been aiming for additional goals, but they had to be satisfied with the victory by one goal.