“The goal is to win the gold medal,” said Hwang Sun-hong, the head coach of the men’s soccer team competing at this year’s Hangzhou Asian Games.
On Friday, the Korean Asian Games team defeated the Chinese Asian Games team 3-1 in an exhibition match at Jinhua Stadium in Zhejiang, China.
Uhm Won-sang (Ulsan) scored a brace and Jung Woo-young (Freiburg) added a cool mid-range strike to secure the win for South Korea.
“It was a good game for both teams,” said coach Hwang Sun-hong in a post-match interview, “It helped us a lot, and we will prepare well for the second match on the 19th and play a good game.”
South Korea and China will play their second exhibition match on Sept. 19 at the same venue.
South Korea won the 2014 Incheon and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games and will be looking to make it three in a row at this year’s Hangzhou Asian Games 안전놀이터.
When asked about his goals for the Asian Games, Hwang said, “The goal is clear,” adding, “The desire to win is indescribably strong for the players and myself.”
“However, it takes a lot of sacrifice and preparation to win,” he said, adding, “With 100 days left until the Asian Games, we will try to make up for our shortcomings and become a competitive team.”
Regarding Uhm Won-sang, who scored two goals on the day, Hwang said, “We always need aggressive movement in the forward line, and Uhm Won-sang’s two goals were positive in that regard.” “However, she had to be substituted due to a sprained ankle, which I hope is not a serious injury,” he added.
Uhm Won-sang, who came on as a second-half substitute and scored a goal in the sixth and ninth minutes, injured her ankle and was replaced by Choi Joon (Busan) in the 24th minute.
Regarding the situation where Uhm Won-sang and Jeong Woo-young, who came on as second-half substitutes, both scored, Hwang explained, “We need to experiment with combinations and other things, rather than settling on the best 11.”
“We wanted to finish the game with a clean sheet, but conceding a goal is quite unsatisfactory,” Hwang said.