Competition from Qatar and others makes it difficult for Hwang to ‘go to Paris’ without improving his decision-making

September 14, 2023 | by

The Olympic soccer team, led by Hwang Sun-hong, qualified for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup with a 3-0 win over “underdogs” Myanmar on Dec. 12.

The scoreline suggests a goal-fest, but in reality, there were too many missed chances. There are plenty of arguments to be made that the scoreline should have been higher. Considering that the opponent, Myanmar, is classified as one of the weakest teams in Asia, the performance itself was not very satisfactory.

Hwang Sun-hong’s side lost 0-2 to Qatar on June 6 and then won 1-0 against Kyrgyzstan in their second U-23 Asian Cup group game three days later. South Korea, who had the objective power advantage, pushed Kyrgyzstan around, but were indecisive. For the second game in a row, the fans were not pleased with the performance.

Against Myanmar, they scored within five minutes of the kickoff whistle, but repeatedly missed golden opportunities. It wasn’t until the end of the game that they scored two goals in quick succession to make the score look good. Coach Hwang Sun-hong promised to “improve our decisiveness” after the game, so he admitted that the scoreline could have been much bigger.

Fans were also unimpressed with Korea’s approach against Myanmar, who were expected to play a tight defense. Hwang Sun-hong-ho repeatedly targeted the Myanmar goal with quick passes to the flankers and crosses through the middle. This worked to some extent because the individual players were better than the Myanmar squad, but it’s unclear if the simplicity of the game will work against a more advanced team. That’s why there are concerns about Hwang Sun-hong.

The U-23 Asian Cup in Qatar next April will serve as the final Asian qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. A top-three finish among the 16 teams competing at the Asian Cup is required to qualify for the Olympic Games. If they finish fourth, they will have to play a playoff against Guinea, the fourth-place finisher in the final African qualifier, to earn a spot.

The U-23 Asian Cup features a formidable field of teams, including defending champions Saudi Arabia, Qatar, who are coming off a loss to South Korea, and Japan. It will be a tough challenge as the standard of Asian soccer has been leveled upwards. Without addressing the issues that have been exposed in the trials and qualifiers, 소닉카지노 especially in the area of goalkeeping, it is difficult to see Korea qualifying for the Olympic Games.

South Korea is seeking to become the first country in the world to qualify for 10 consecutive Olympic Games. They made history by qualifying for the Tokyo 2021 Games for the ninth time in a row and will be looking to break the record at the U-23 Asian Cup.


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