Choosing China as the venue for an exhibition match is a good move for South Korea’s U-24 national team as they prepare for the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games in September. However, China’s deep-rooted black history of Shaolin soccer has made South Korea a scapegoat.
Hwang Sun-hong’s U-24 national soccer team took on China’s Asian Games team in a friendly at Jinhua Stadium in Zhejiang province, China, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 and won 3-1. The second leg will be played at the same venue on Sept. 19 at 8:35 p.m.
Men’s soccer matches at the Hangzhou Asian Games will be played at eight stadiums in six cities. Jinhua Stadium is one of them.
On the 12th of this month, before departing for China, head coach Hwang Sun-hong said, “We decided to hold the trial in China because we needed to adapt to the local conditions. I also wanted to get a feel for the atmosphere, and I think it will be a good outpost.”
However, the name ‘China’ alone raised some concerns. It would be advantageous for South Korea to play a trial against a country one level higher, but very few teams have an U-24 team. Hwang decided that China was better than Southeast Asia, so he headed to China.
Since the opponent was China, he naturally worried about the possibility of falling victim to ‘Shaolin soccer’. Even if the team was careful, it was not something they could control, so they had to work hard throughout the match.
In the end, what they feared happened. Uhm Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai), who had a ‘multi-goal’ performance in the first leg, returned home early due to injury.
After a 0-0 first half, South Korea brought on Uhm Won-sang in the second half, and the substitution paid off. In the sixth minute of the second half, Uhm Won-sang took a long pass from the back and made a “sensational shot” with her toes to take the lead.
Uhm Won-sang added a second goal. In the ninth minute of the second half, Jung Ho-yeon (Gwangju FC) finished with his left foot from a long pass. South Korea made it 3-0 in the 16th minute when Jung Woo-young (Freiburg) scored on a winding kick. Three minutes later, Hwang Sun-hong (Seoul FC) had a goal disallowed after he crossed the line but the whistle didn’t blow, sealing the two-goal victory.
Uhm Won-sang was injured in the second 20 minutes. She fell during a contest and rolled her ankle with a Chinese player. The Chinese player’s torso connected with her leg and she was treated off the field, but she was not allowed back on the field.
“I hope it’s not a serious injury,” Huang said after the game 먹튀검증.
However, in the end, Uhm Won-sang returned home early. The Korea Football Association (KFA) announced on the 16th, “Uhm Won-sang, who was injured in the friendly exhibition match against China on the 15th, underwent an MRI examination at a local hospital today and was diagnosed with damage to the right outer ligament and inner triangular ligament.” “Uhm Won-sang is currently in a half-cast and will return home today for a detailed examination as it is considered difficult for him to play in the second match,” the KFA said.
The Hangzhou Asian Games are about 100 days away, and this is the last ‘official call-up’ before the tournament. Before his departure, coach Hwang Sun-hong said that he would use the China trial as the “last straw”. He had to find the best possible combination of players without injuries.