The Korean national under-22 (U-22) soccer team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, lost 0-2 to Qatar in the first match of Group B of the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup held at the Changwon Football Center in Gyeongnam on the 6th.
Except for the early part of the first half, Hwang Seon-hong was unable to create any threatening scenes in attack and was pushed back due to his poor defense.
Hwang Seon-hong, who had been making frequent defensive mistakes since the middle of the first half, conceded a goal in the 38th minute.
Qatar’s front line striker Ahmed Allawi caught the long ball from behind with his chest and then hit a mid-range shot with his right foot to score the first goal.
Even after that, Hwang Seon-hong was shaken.
A defensive mistake in the 40th minute of the first half almost gave the opposing attacker a shooting opportunity inside the penalty area.Fortunately, goalkeeper Baek Jong-beom quickly came out and cleared the goal.
Two minutes later, Abdulaziz Hassan’s threatening forward pass threatened the Korean defense.There were four Korean players around Hasan, but no one was able to block him or block the pass route properly.If his pass had caught Allawi’s toes, it would have immediately been 0-2.
Korea, which was unable to control the backdoor, ended up conceding an additional goal in the 22nd minute of the second half due to a ridiculous mistake by the defense.
Tamim Mansour Al-Abdullah’s backheader from the right side of the penalty area landed in an awkward position in the goal area, and Baek Jong-beom (Seoul) was unable to handle the ball that passed the key and ended up in the goal.
It was a scene that could have been prevented if the defenders had been more clever in competing for the header while the ball was bouncing high ahead of Baek Jong-beom’s mistake.
In attack, the performance of Uhm Ji-seong and Heo Yul, the ‘Young Gun Duo’ of Gwangju FC in the K-League 1, stood out for a moment in the early half of the first half.
Left attacker Uhm Seong-seong and striker Heo Yul are the players who have taken the lead in Gwangju FC’s ‘high flight’ to third place this season.In the league alone, Uhm Seong has 4 goals and 2 assists, and Heo Yul has 2 goals and 2 assists.
Um Ji-seong and Heo Yul contributed to several near-goal moments in the first half.
In the 15th minute of the first half, Uhm Seong’s penetration pass and Heo Yul’s cross led to Jeon Byeong-gwan (Daejeon) shooting on the right side of the goal.It was unfortunate that many of the shots missed the goal because they were not shot properly.
However, after the mood shifted towards Qatar in the middle of the first half, the ball was hardly delivered to the Gwangju duo.
The midfielders’ inaccurate passes were broken off several times, and some of them even led to Qatar’s counterattacks.
Coach Hwang Seon-hong aggressively used substitution cards in the second half, bringing in Hong Yun-sang (Pohang) and Lee Hyun-joo (Wiesbaden), but it was not very effective.
Qatar is the host country of the U-23 Asian Cup finals, so it automatically participates in the competition.Qatar’s performance in the qualifying rounds is not included in the group rankings.Qatar is the ‘dog’ of this preliminaries.
Therefore, today’s match is just like a ‘friendly match’.This is a very fortunate thing for director Hwang Seon-hong.
Qatar coach Illidiu Balor was appointed on the 9th of last month.He led the team for less than a month.
Director Hwang Seon-hong took the helm in September 2021, two years ago.