It’s time to let go of the past. It won’t count against her in Qatar. What matters is that Hwang must realize that this is the first step towards the real Paris 2024 Olympic Games. There can be no mistakes now.
Hwang Sun-hong’s South Korea U-22 national team will take on Kyrgyzstan in the second round of Group B of the 2024 AFC Qatar U-24 Asian Cup Regional Qualifiers at the Changwon Football Center tonight (Sept. 9) at 8 p.m. KST. Hwang’s side were far too lethargic in the two-goal defeat in Qatar, their first match of the tournament, which doubles as the Asian qualifier for the Paris Olympics.메이저사이트
It was a devastating defeat for both the fans and Hwang himself, who was completely outplayed in terms of performance. The good news is that the match against Qatar had nothing to do with the Paris Olympic qualifiers. Qatar are the hosts of the 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup and have already qualified for the tournament. Therefore, their record doesn’t count towards their qualification, and they were there to level themselves up, which means it was a bonus game for Qatar.
Therefore, Hwang Sun-hong should use the last match against Qatar as a lesson learned, but there is no reason to be overly shocked. The focus should be on the upcoming matches.
Kyrgyzstan drew 1-1 with Myanmar in the first round. Objectively the weakest of the Central Asian nations, they were held to a rather lethargic draw by a Myanmar side that hasn’t been very strong in Southeast Asia either. Realistically, they are no match for South Korea, but they have been pushed to the brink and are expected to play with a killing intent.
And South Korea will have to be equally determined. They can’t afford to repeat the mistakes they made in Qatar, such as failing to exploit gaps in their defense after the first 30 minutes and allowing their opponents space and timing in dangerous areas. It goes without saying that we can’t afford to make silly mistakes in dangerous areas that cost us goals.
For the sake of qualifying for the Paris Olympics, and for the U-24 national team’s challenge at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, Hwang needs to turn things around. That’s why they need a big game to make up for the shock of the last game in Qatar.