“We came together and did it, and there was a lot of ‘we can do it’ feeling. We played like we could win.”
‘Top scorer’ Jeong Woo-young (24, Stuttgart) reveals the secret behind the thrilling comeback win despite conceding an early goal.
South Korea’s Asian Games football team, led by Hwang Sun-hong, defeated Japan 2-1 in the final of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China on Sunday (July 7). Goals from Chung Woo-young and Cho Young-wook gave South Korea the gold medal.
Hwang Sun-hong made history. After winning back-to-back gold medals at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games, South Korea won its first-ever three-peat. No team has ever won three consecutive Asian Games titles. Previously, Chinese Taipei (1954-1958), Myanmar (1966-1970), and Iran (1998-2002) won back-to-back Asian Games soccer titles but failed to win three in a row.
It started off badly. South Korea conceded an early goal. In the second minute of the first half, Sato sent in a low cross from the left flank. Shigemi headed it straight to Uchino, who rattled the Korean net with a right-footed shot from the edge of the box.
South Korea equalized in the 27th minute. Jung Woo-young’s head shone. Baek Seung-ho first shook Japan’s right flank with a solo run. He then laid the ball off to Hwang Jae-won, who sent a cross into the box. Jung Woo-young won an aerial battle with his opponent and connected with a header that went straight into the back of the Japanese net.
Korea pulled one back in the 11th minute of the second half. Hwang Jae-won made a daring run into the box and played a short pass to the left. Jung Woo-young received it and tried to get a shot off, but lost his center of gravity a bit and gave the ball to Cho Young-wook in front of him. Cho calmly beat one defender with a one-on-one before scoring his team’s second goal with a low, quick shot.
The game ended with a one-goal victory for South Korea. South Korea once again defeated Japan in the final to take the top spot in the tournament. Japan was unable to overcome the Korean barrier and finished as the runner-up.
The number one contributor to this gold medal is undoubtedly Jung Woo-young. Despite playing as a flanker rather than a frontline striker, he found the back of the net eight times, including the game-winning goal in the final. He was responsible for eight of Hwang Sun-hong’s 27 goals in seven games, making him the tournament’s top scorer.
Now, Jung Woo-young will be able to continue his European career without worrying about the military, as he has secured a special exemption from military service. The 1999-born player has practically squandered his last chance. It was a dream result for both Stuttgart and Jung. 메이저사이트
“I’ve talked to the players about it,” he said in the post-match mixer, when asked about being exempt from military service. “We didn’t talk about it too much, but we talked about enjoying this tournament as much as we can as a national team member, which is always an honor, and I think that’s how we were able to win the gold medal.
On whether he was rattled after conceding an early goal, Jung said, “Honestly, it was tough. We conceded the first goal.