Hwang’s quest for a third straight Asian Games title begins today.
South Korea’s Asian Games football team will kick off their quest for gold at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on Monday at 8:30 p.m. (ET) against Kuwait at the Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Jinhua, China.
Hwang will be looking to win his third consecutive gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games. South Korea won gold at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang.
The issue of Lee Kang-in’s withdrawal from the tournament was resolved late on Thursday afternoon after frustrating communication with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Lee will arrive in China in the early morning hours of the 20th, after PSG plays Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Of course, due to his arrival schedule, he will not be able to play in the first and second games. He will be available for the third group game against Bahrain on the 24th, but Hwang is cautious about the timing of his return.
The first game without Lee will be Hwang’s first game in charge and the first for the entire Korean squad at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. While the group stage is expected to be relatively easy, the tournament could take a strange turn if the plan goes awry in the first game. That’s why they can’t let their guard down against Kuwait.
While the health of key players such as Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), who joined the team after playing for the A national team, and the team’s adaptation to the game are considered variables, Hwang Sun-hong’s key offensive resource Song Min-kyu is not expected to be at full strength as he undergoes recovery training on the 18th. Song Min-kyu warmed up by himself during the 15 minutes of open training allowed to the media on the day.
In this situation, the performance of the wild card players will be crucial. In the last edition of the tournament in 2018, defender Cho Hyun-woo, South Korea’s top star Son Heung-min, and frontline striker Hwang Eui-jo played outstandingly to win the title.
This time around, captain Baek Seung-ho, Park Jin-seop, and Seol Young-woo are the wild cards. In particular, Baek Seung-ho, 온라인바카라 who is expected to protect the back four alone, will need to be active, cover the defense line, and pass to initiate attacks.
In addition, Park Jin-seop, the “best of the best,” will need to anchor the team as a central defender. Seol Young-woo will need to make his presence felt in both offense and defense on the right flank.
Prior to the match, the team trained at Aiqing High School in Jinhua, China, at 8 p.m. on the 18th, and head coach Hwang Sun-hong met with the media before the start of training, where he emphasized “composure”.