Shaking his head, the enemy general said, “I realized how good Korea and Thailand are. I had no choice.”

September 22, 2023 | by

“It was just a game of skill”.

Hwang Sun-hong’s South Korea Asian Games team cruised to a 4-0 victory over Thailand in their second Group E match of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Jinhua, China, at 8:30 p.m. (KST) on Monday.

With two wins and six points from a 9-0 first-leg victory over Kuwait, South Korea clinched top spot in the group and an early round of 16 berth regardless of the outcome of their third-leg match against Bahrain.

South Korea rattled the Thai net early on. In the 15th minute, Go Young-joon’s cross from the left flank was met by Hong Hyun-seok, who pounced and split the Thai net.

Korea added a second goal. In the 20th minute, Ahn Jae-joon scored his second goal in as many games. First, Hwang Jae-won saved the ball from crossing the goal line despite being blocked by an opponent. Park Jae-yong picked up the loose ball and sent it into the box. Ahn Jae-joon picked it up and scored the team’s second goal with a low, quick shot.

Thailand was caught off guard by the Korean offense. They tried to counterattack but struggled to find an opening.

Meanwhile, Korea scored one more goal. The hero was Uhm Won-sang. In the 39th minute of the first half, Ko Young-joon’s ball was received by Uhm Won-sang, who penetrated into the box and connected with a right-footed shot to split the goal.

In the first minute of first-half stoppage time, Korea scored again. Hong Hyun-seok’s free kick was deflected by the defense, and Lee Jae-ik, who was waiting in the box, connected with a powerful shot.

With the score at 4-0, South Korea pulled their starters for the second half and managed to keep their cards in order to advance in the tournament. The game remained uneventful, with South Korea cruising to a 4-0 victory.

“We stuck to our game plan, but we just got pushed around by Korea,” said Thailand’s head coach Sritharo Ishira in a post-match interview. “Our players were basically pushed around by the Korean players, so we played defensively, but we just kept conceding goals and we fell apart.” 메이저사이트

“Throughout the game, Korea showed a difference in skill and mental strength with the Thai players, and that led to our concession,” said Sritaro, who praised the Korean team for their comfortable victory with four goals in the first half alone.

Meanwhile, with Bahrain and Kuwait also tied 1-1, Thailand’s chances of reaching the round of 16 are still alive depending on the outcome of the third game. “We will play our best lineup considering our fitness and injuries,” said Coach Sritaro about the third match against Kuwait, “but the young players played against Korea, so please support them.


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