“They told us that there will definitely be ups and downs, but we have to stick together and overcome them.”
South Korea’s U24 national team, coached by Hwang Sun-hong, reached the quarterfinals of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games men’s football round of 16 with a 5-1 victory over Kyrgyzstan thanks to a brace from Jung Woo-young and single goals from Baek Seung-ho, Cho Young-wook and Hong Hyun-seok at the Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Jinhua, China at 7:30 p.m. local time on Sunday.
Hong Hyun-seok, who came on as a second-half substitute, scored the game-winning goal at 4-1 to seal the victory. His second goal of the tournament after his goal against Thailand in the second round.
After the game, Hong Hyun-seok said, “It was the most difficult game I’ve ever played. I think we gained a lot by overcoming a tough match.” “We can’t always make things work out. I think we gained a lot from going through a tough game,” he said, adding, “We can’t always do well.
“We tried not to be rushed. There was a feeling of losing when we were winning. The atmosphere was almost cheap, but the more I said, ‘Let’s stay calm. Let’s stay calm. I think I kept calm,” he added.
Hong Hyun-seok joined Hwang Sun-hong after playing in the first match of Klinsmann’s September A match for England against Wales. With a tight schedule in Belgium, England, and China, will it be tough?
“It’s not hard,” he said. I’ve been playing once every three days since last year. I think it’s ingrained in my body,” he said, adding, “I don’t have a secret to keep fit. I think I inherited a good body,” he laughed.
When he was called up for the A-match in September, he received advice from Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae, who won gold medals at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games.
“Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae told me that at the Asian Games, there will definitely be one high point, and that I should stick together and overcome it,” Hong said. “This time, when we were 2-1 down after conceding a goal, I felt rushed. I also thought, ‘I don’t know what will happen if we play well. There will definitely be tougher matches than this one,” he said encouragingly.레고토토
South Korea’s quarterfinal opponent will be home team China, who will be looking for a first-ever three-peat at the Asian Games. Coach Hwang Sun-hong said after the game, “It’s a scenario that I fully expected. If we can’t overcome the large crowd and rough play, we can’t win the gold medal. No one can stand in our way. We will move forward one step at a time with our players.”
Hong Hyun-seok also said, “The coach is right. No one can stop us. I want to win the gold medal with the home crowd, boos and all,” he smiled.