I won, but the aftertaste was not refreshing. Hwang Seon-Hong achieved his goal, but his performance did not improve.
The Korean Olympic team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, defeated Myanmar 3-0 in the third match of Group B of the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup qualifiers held at the Changwon Football Center at 8 p.m. on the 12th.
Korea, which previously defeated Kyrgyzstan 1-0, won a ticket to the Asian Cup finals with two wins. The loss in the first game is not reflected in the performance because Qatar is the host country of the finals.
Korea chose the 4-3-3 format. At the front, Kim Shin-jin (FC Seoul) led the attack, along with Uhm Uhm-seong (Gwangju FC) and Jeong Sang-bin (Minnesota). In the midfield were Lee Hyeon-joo (Behenwiesbaden), Baek Sang-hoon (Seoul), and Kwon Hyun-gyu (Celtic). The defense consisted of Lee Tae-seok (Seoul), Myung-gwan Seo (Bucheon FC), Wi-je Jo (Busan I-Park), and Chang-woo Park (Jeonbuk Hyundai), and the goal was guarded by Song-hoon Shin (Sangmu Gimcheon).
Korea took an early lead. In the 5th minute of the first half, Lee Tae-seok crossed from the left side. Baek Sang-hoon, who was rushing, hit the ball with an accurate header and split the net.
Korea, riding on momentum, continued to aim for additional points. Lee Tae-seok’s cross in the 33rd minute of the first half led to a fight at the goal. Baek Sang-hoon, who was waiting for the ball, fired a shot, but it was blocked by the goalkeeper.
Three minutes later, Jeong Sang-bin’s cross down the right side was pointed sharply toward the goal, but did not reach Uhm Um-seong’s feet. In the extra time of the first half, Jeong Sang-bin’s powerful shot was once again caught by the goalkeeper’s fingertips.
Korea knocked on Myanmar’s goal in the second half as well. In the 6th minute of the second half, Uhm Seong went into the center and attempted an exquisite curling kick, but missed slightly.
The one-goal advantage appeared to be unsettling. In the 11th minute of the second half, Myanmar’s defense was disorganized during a free kick, but the goalkeeper caught the ball first. Six minutes later, in a counterattack, Myanmar’s cross was also caught by goalkeeper Shin Song-hoon.메이저사이트
Korea missed a decisive opportunity. In the 34th minute of the second half, in a counterattack situation, Jeong Sang-bin sent a forward pass. Oh Jae-hyuk (Jeonbuk) faced the goalkeeper, but missed slightly.
When the tide was turning towards Myanmar, Korea drove a wedge into victory. In the 40th minute of the second half, Jeon Byeong-gwan (Daejeon Hana Citizen) ended the game by falling after Jeong Sang-bin penetrated the penalty box and gave up the ball. In extra time in the second half, Oh Jae-hyuk completed Hong Yun-sang (Pohang Steelers)’s cross and scored his third goal.
Afterwards, the game ended without any additional goals, confirming the Asian Cup finals. However, they were unable to overwhelm the team that was one level below them, leaving them with still some homework to do. You must be in the top three in the Asian Cup finals to qualify for the Paris Olympics. If you rank 4th, you will have to play a playoff against the 4th place team in the African qualifiers.