“I wonder if you’ll be satisfied with how I did.”
Hwang Seon-hong, who has secured a spot in the final, is not as happy as Baek Seung-ho (26-North Korea). The Korean has been leading his juniors with the weight of the captain’s armband, but he’s faced repeated mistakes and stinging criticism.
Baek Seung-ho started and played the entirety of the men’s soccer semifinal at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, on Thursday (Aug. 4), helping his team to a 2-1 win.
However, the conceded goal came back to haunt him. He conceded a foul in a dangerous area and the opponent’s free kick hit his head, deflected and rattled the net. A quick injury-time goal sealed the win, but it was a close call.
It wasn’t Baek’s first mistake. In the round of 16 match against Kyrgyzstan on July 27, Baek Seung-ho was not satisfied with his penalty kick goal. In the 28th minute of the first half, with the score 2-0, Seung-ho dropped down to the final third to start the buildup, only to lose the ball near the halfway line with a mistimed touch, giving Maksat Aligulov the opportunity to score.
Afterward, he told himself he was fine, as if to forget the mistake, but it was repeated in the quarterfinal against China. Again, a misplaced pass from behind. We were lucky that the Chinese counterattack hit the post. With the one-sided home fans on their side, there’s no telling how the game would have turned out if China had scored a late goal.
One mistake and the common goal of a gold medal could be lost. Critical articles began to appear. To make matters worse, the team made another fatal mistake.
In the 25th minute of the first period, with her team up 1-0, she committed a foul near the arc of the defense. Uzbekistan had an exquisite dead-ball specialist in Zalolidinov. With the game flowing perfectly, it seemed like a game we could easily lose if we were careful with our set pieces, but it was painful to see how easily he stepped up and fouled when there was only one player to mark.
Later on, I wasn’t so lucky. Baek Seung-ho, who was holding on to one of his opponents by the wall, put his head on the ball that was flying towards him, but the ball was deflected exquisitely and out of the range of goalkeeper Lee Kwang-yeon, who scored the equalizer.
After the game, Baek Seung-ho hung his head, saying, “I said I was doing my best, but I kept getting into situations like this, so I don’t have anything to say today.”
However, he did not hide his frustration. “I said I was working hard, but I fouled, and the shot came, and I couldn’t dodge it, so it went in,” he said. “Many reporters said before the game, ‘If Seung-ho Baek plays well, we can go to the final,’ but I wonder what kind of mind you have, and I wonder how to be satisfied. What I want to tell you is that I hope you will believe and support us.”
Coach Hwang Sun-hong also praised his captain, Baek Seung-ho. “It was dangerous to concede a free kick in a dangerous area because the opponent has a free kick specialist,” he said, “but soccer can’t be played without conceding. I don’t like conceding goals, but it was unavoidable.”
Aside from the conceded goal, the team performed well. Even in the counter-attack, a good header into the opponent’s box led to a chaotic situation, and Jung Woo-young, who caught the opponent’s defense off guard, scored the equalizer. After that, the team remained calm against the wild Uzbeks and raised the line a lot in the second half, sending sharp passes into the space behind the Uzbeks who were on the counterattack.
It’s inevitable that he will be criticized for a string of mistakes. Moreover, the fact that he was selected as a wildcard and is the captain of the team means that criticism will be directed at him.
Even if he doesn’t want to see it, he can’t avoid criticism. Nevertheless, Baek Seung-ho is standing firm. There’s still a final stage to go, where the gold medal is at stake.
“It’s not that I don’t care,” he says, “but I’m mentally okay, but I wonder how he would be satisfied with my performance. I’m doing my best to play my game, but it keeps coming up, so I’m sorry and I’m sorry for the players,” he said.바카라
Baek Seung-ho’s position is not unreasonable. No matter how many mistakes he makes, coach Hwang Sun-hong is stuck with him in the starting lineup. He doesn’t have a backup plan. That’s why he was chosen as a wild card. Hopefully, he’ll be given a little more leeway as his journey to gold goes well.
At the end of the day, he’s going to have to perform on the pitch. Luckily, there’s still time. South Korea will play Japan in the final at 9 p.m. on July 7. They have fond memories of their overtime victory five years ago, so they’ll be aiming for another thrilling win against Japan to take home the gold. If Baek Seung-ho is at the center of the action and leads his team to victory, critics will be quickly silenced.