Korean stars voiced their explanation after ‘questioning’ of deliberately drawing U23 Vietnam
With the quality of the squad being greatly appreciated, the Korean U23 received a lot of criticism after letting U23 Vietnam hold a draw in the second match, the 2022 AFC U23 Championship. This result made the defending champions. could not soon win tickets to play in the quarterfinals.
The person who received the most criticism was head coach Hwang Sun-hong when he decided to put many pillars on the bench and changed a lot in the starting lineup. It is worth noting that the case of Lee Kang-in when this star was not allowed to enter the field even though the coach had made full use of 5 substitutions.
Recently, striker Cho Young-wook also answered this issue: “Coach Hwang Sun-hong wants an aggressive and fast football. The whole team is still not focused, but that’s why we are trying to bond with the players more. Although still unbeaten, but Korea U23 should have won the match against Vietnam U23. I think we still need to improve.”
Cho Young-wook (No. 7) had 3 goals in the 2022 AFC U23 Championship
Earlier at the post-match press conference, coach Hwang Sun-hong also explained that he wanted to rotate the squad in the match against U23 Vietnam to preserve the fitness of the players. This strategist admitted that U23 Vietnam was not lucky with a 1-1 draw when playing organized and pressing very well.
Regarding Lee Kang-in, the Korean Football Federation itself also issued a notice about this player’s condition. The star born in 2001 had a thigh problem during the practice session on June 4. Although it is completely possible to play in the match against U23 Vietnam, the coach of U23 Korea decided not to take the risk.
In the match against Vietnam U23, Cho Young-wook was the scorer who opened the scoring with an accurate shot in the 62nd minute. This goal also helped the Korean U23 striker lead the top scorer list. AFC U23 Championship 2022 with 3 goals, equal to Suphanat Mueanta of Thailand U23.
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