South Korea defeated Japan in the ‘Korea-Japan’ match at the Asian Games, ending a three-game losing streak. Various analyses in Japan have attributed the victory to the military service exemption.
Japanese media outlet ‘Football Zone’ said on the 8th, “The Japanese national team lost to the Korean national team at the Hangzhou Asian Games. They lost the final and finished as runners-up in the tournament.
For the South Korean team, exemption from military service was one of the biggest motivators for the tournament.”
“The South Korean team also won the Asian Games in 2014 and 2018. Japan scored the first goal in the first two minutes, but the Koreans were more focused.
To be honest, South Korea came into the tournament as favorites from the start. They had a worthy goal: exemption from military service.
They had a worthy goal: to be exempted from military service, which would have interrupted their careers for more than two years.”
Japan was unable to overcome South Korea’s tremendous motivation.
“In South Korea, military service exemption is a career and life-changing event. Everyone will push themselves to the limit and give it their all.
Add to that the fact that many of the Japanese squad were college students with limited playing time in the J-League, and it’s hard to imagine Japan being able to match that. Beating Korea at the Asian Games is definitely a challenge.” 안전토토사이트
South Korea defeated Japan 2-1 in the men’s football final of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on Sunday at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China.
With this result, Korea has won five Asian Games titles (1970, 1978, 1986, 2014, 2018), the most of any country in history, and became the first team in history to win three consecutive titles.
Hwang Sun-hong changed his lineup for the final.
With Cho Young-wook as the main frontline striker, he deployed Jung Woo-young and Lee Kang-in Go Young-joon in the second line.
In the midfield, he chose Hong Hyun-seok to partner captain Baek Seung-ho.
Park chose Park Kyu-hyun over Seol Young-woo for the left back position, along with Hwang Jae-won at right back and Lee Han-beom and Park Jin-seop at center back.
Lee Kwang-yeon remained in goal.
It didn’t start well. Japan broke down the right flank guarded by Hwang Jae-won and sent a cross forward, which Kotaro Uchino finished with a right-footed shot. It was the first goal Korea had conceded in the tournament.
But South Korea was determined to come back.
South Korea equalized in the 26th minute of the first half. Once again, top scorer Jung Woo-young was the solution.
A ball saved by Baek Seung-ho was crossed by Hwang Jae-won, and Jung Woo-young, who was on the other side, headed it in to shake the Japanese goal.
In the second half, the atmosphere changed with the reverse goal.
Hwang Jae-won dribbled alone past two Japanese defenders.
Hwang Jae-won sent the ball into the penalty box, and as Jung Woo-young tried to catch it, he tangled with the Japanese defenders, and the onrushing Cho Young-wook didn’t let go of the ball and roared it into the back of the net.
The rest of the game was a back-and-forth affair, but in the end, Korea won.
‘Football Zone’ focused on the first goal against Korea.
“There was a sharp break from the left side. It was a new experience for the players who played in the Asian Games, even though they lost to South Korea with military service benefits. In the long run, it’s a positive.”