Hwang Sun-hong’s South Korea U-22 Olympic soccer team booked their ticket to the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Championship, but reaffirmed their “lack of decisiveness” in goal.
Hwang Sun-hong beat Myanmar 3-0 in the third match of Group B of the 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup at the Changwon Football Center on Wednesday to secure the top spot in the group.
South Korea will now qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games if they finish in the top three at the 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup in Qatar on April 4-5 next year.
Hwang competed alongside Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar at the tournament. The team played three matches, including one against Qatar, who participated as the host nation and whose results do not affect qualification.
South Korea dropped their first match against Qatar 0-2, before defeating Kyrgyzstan (1-0) and Myanmar (3-0). In three games, they scored four goals and conceded two.
The results don’t look too bad, but the quality of their opponents leaves a lot to be desired.
It is difficult to determine the FIFA ranking of the A team because it is an age group match, but South Korea has the highest FIFA ranking at 28th, followed by Qatar (59th), Kyrgyzstan (97th), and Myanmar (160th).
Against teams that are far apart in the FIFA rankings, South Korea hasn’t looked overwhelming.
They conceded two goals against Qatar, struggled to win against Kyrgyzstan, and only managed to score three goals against ‘underdogs’ Myanmar. 카지노사이트 Qatar is coming off a 6-0 thrashing of Myanmar.
With Uhm Ji Sung (Gwangju) and Sang Bin (Minnesota) leading the attack, the national team created plenty of chances against Myanmar, but lacked the finishing touch.
They scored the first goal in the fifth minute of the first half, which seemed to foreshadow a big score. They were able to break through their opponent’s tight defense effectively, but their finishing was lacking. The second goal came in the 40th minute of the second half.
In the end, they scored two more goals in the last minute to win 3-0 against a tired Myanmar, but it was not enough.
Head coach Hwang Sun-hong also pointed to “decisiveness” as an urgent need for improvement.
“The most difficult thing is to improve our goal decision-making. I think it was a tournament where we were not decisive in terms of chances and attacking frequency,” he said. “We will improve our goal decision-making as we have stronger opponents waiting for us in the main round.”
With the U-22 team’s schedule complete, Huang will now focus on coaching the Hangzhou Asian Games team.
However, the Asian Games squad is still waiting for Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) to join the team.
With the primary task of qualifying for the AFC U-23 Asian Cup completed, it is time for Hwang to focus on the secondary task of winning a third consecutive Asian Games men’s soccer title. 슬롯