The Asian Games national team, led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong, won the gold medal at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games men’s soccer finals against Japan at 9 p.m. on the 7th (스포츠토토) at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China.
Following the 2014 Incheon and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang competitions, they won three consecutive Asian Games titles.
South Korea lost a point in the first two minutes. He broke through dribbling on the left and the defense blocked the cross, but in the mixed situation of the gate, a pass went to Kotaro Uchino, who was at the right post, and calmly shook the Korean goal net with a right-footed shot. It was a run that came in 1 minute and 18 seconds after the start of the game.
But Korea did not easily back down. Jung Woo-young, who is likely to be the top scorer of the tournament, scored an equalizer in the 27th minute of the first half. Jung Woo-young flew up from the far post and scored an equalizer with Hwang Jae-won’s curled early cross from the right. Jung Woo-young’s 8th goal of the competition.
South Korea later led the game to almost half-court games, but failed to score a come-from-behind goal and finished the first half 1-1.
South Korea also pushed their opponents in the second half by holding on to their possession. Lee Kang-in shook the opponent’s defense from the right side and made a quality cross. If the opponent’s defense was preparing for his left foot, Lee Kang-in shook the opponent’s defense by attempting a cross through his right foot in a surprise move.
In the end, Jung Woo-young received the ball that was put into the penalty box in the 11th minute of the second half and delivered it to Cho Young-wook as he fell. Cho Young-wook cut Japan’s net with an exquisite right-footed shot. South Korea, which kept this lead, brought the gold medal.
In a 1-1 situation, South Korea continued to push Japan and aimed for a come-from-behind goal. At that time, Cho Young-wook flashed. In the 11th minute of the second half, Jung Woo-young finished the ball with his right foot and scored the come-from-behind winning goal. Cho Young-wook presented Korea with a gold medal.
Cho Young-wook, who played as a front-line striker for the national team, was the only Korean player to be a soldier. Cho Young-wook, who joined K League 2 Gimcheon Sangmu in January this year, was a “sick man” scheduled to be discharged in July 2024.
However, with this gold medal, Cho Young-wook will be discharged early due to a special military service exemption. He created his own military service, which any soldier desperately wants.