Uhm Won-sang breaks ankle in rough China, coach Hwang Sun-hong says “I hope it’s not a serious injury”
Hwang Sun-hong’s team defeated China, a team that has been known for its rough fouls.
Hwang Sun-hong’s South Korea U-24 soccer team won a 3-1 friendly against China U-24 at 7 p.m. on Friday at Jinhua Stadium in Zhejiang Province, China.메이저놀이터
Hwang’s team is aiming for a gold medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September, and the two-game series against the Chinese will be crucial to their chances.
Against South Korea, China was desperate. With a 24+ wildcard in the lineup, the focus was on winning, and the Chinese threatened Huang with excessive fouls. China is known for its sneaky fouls, known as Shaolin soccer, and this was no different.
The fouls became more blatant as the Chinese took the lead. One after another, there were rough fouls that broke the flow. Song Min-gyu (Jeonbuk Hyundai), the centerpiece of the offense, was forced to the ground twice in the first half as Chinese players targeted his ankles. Ko Young-jun (Pohang Steelers) also found it difficult to focus on the game as he was targeted by Chinese fouls.
The second half was no different. China also fouled substitutes Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon Commerce) and Park Jae-yong (FC Anyang). The Korean players were fouled repeatedly and were forced to lie on the ground.
Despite being plagued by China’s Shaolin soccer, the Korean national team showed their mettle. The first half ended goalless, but the second half opened up with substitutions. The introduction of Uhm Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai), Jung Woo-young (Freiburg), Cho Young-wook, and Park Jae-yong revitalized the offense.
Uhm Won-sang in particular was in great form. He opened the scoring in the fifth minute of the second half with a non-stop shot from a long pass from Kim Bong-soo, and three minutes later, he drove into the back of the defense and converted a pass from Jung Ho-yeon. The goals highlighted Uhm’s ability to penetrate the defense.
Uhm Won-sang is Hwang Sun-hong’s go-to source of goals. She has the ability to lead the front line with her speed and skill. He has three goals and three assists for Ulsan this season, and is slowly coming into his own against China.
However, Uhm Won-sang was pushed off the touchline by a Chinese player during a ball competition in the 20th minute. He was replaced by Choi Jun (Busan I-Park), who suffered an ankle injury in the process.
Hwang Sun-hong’s U-24 team defeated China thanks to a multi-goal performance from Uhm Won-sang ⓒKorea Football Association
After the game, coach Hwang Sun-hong said through the Korea Football Association, “Unfortunately, Uhm Won-sang sprained his ankle and is out. I hope it’s not a serious injury,” he said.
After the victory over China, Hwang Sun-hong said, “There are some things that are satisfactory, but there are also some things that are unsatisfactory. We need to make improvements. I hope we can have a good match against China in the second game.”
Hwang is looking ahead to the Asian Games. “The goal is clear. The desire to win the Asian Games cannot be expressed in words by me or the players,” said Hwang. “It takes sacrifice and preparation to win. We are still lacking a lot. We will prepare well for the next 100 days and become a competitive team at the Asian Games.”