Byung-jin Choi] It was a game that showed the reality of Chinese soccer.
Rough play and home-field advantage were the biggest caveats for the Chinese U-24 national soccer team after their quarterfinal opponent at the Asian Games was announced.
They were worried about unsportsmanlike conduct that would negate the objective power differential and refereeing decisions that could make or break the game.
However, after the start of the match, these fears were all unfounded.
Hwang Sun-hong took complete control of the game from the start. Hwang brought out a customized strategy against China, including Park Kyu-hyun, Song Min-gyu, and Ko Young-joon, and it worked. After taking control of the game, South Korea took the lead in the 18th minute with a free-kick goal from Hong Hyun-seok, followed by a goal from Song Min-gyu in the 34th minute.
The Chinese fans at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium chanted “Cha-yo” in support of the home team, but two first-half goals dashed their hopes of upsetting Korea.
China failed to threaten South Korea except for one shot that hit the post. That was an error by Baek Seung-ho. There was no offensive tactics or player quality, and the Chinese crowd cheered as the ball was cleared.
South Korea took their foot off the gas in the second half. Down 0-2, they steadied the ship in case China came out wilder. Korea played the game the way they wanted to, and China was forced to chase the ball and try to defend it. 레모나토토
On the field, tickets for the Korean game were selling at a high price on the black market. According to a South Korean fan who attended the China game, scalpers were selling tickets that cost 200 yuan (about $37,000) in Chinese money for 1,500 yuan ($278). There were also reports of scalpers buying another ticket and reselling it.
The “chance to beat South Korea” led to higher ticket prices, but the disastrous performance revealed the reality of Chinese soccer.