South Korea’s U24 men’s soccer team, seeking a third consecutive Asian Games gold medal, won a convincing victory over China in an away exhibition match.

Head coach Hwang Sun-hong’s men’s soccer team defeated China’s Asian Games squad 3-1 on Friday at Jinhua Stadium in Zhejiang, China, behind a multi-goal performance from Uhm Won-sang (Ulsan).

South Korea will attempt to win a third consecutive gold medal in men’s soccer at the Hangzhou Asian Games in September. Men’s soccer at the Asian Games is normally played by players aged 23 and under. However, the age limit has been raised to 24 as the Games were postponed by a year due to COVID-19.

Head coach Hwang Sun-hong opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation. Chun Sung-hoon (Incheon) started up front, while Song Min-gyu (Jeonbuk), Ko Young-joon (Pohang), and Yang Hyun-joon (Gangwon) started in the second line. Jung Ho-yeon (Gwangju) and Kim Bong-soo (Jeju) were in the midfield, while Lee Jae-ik (Seoul Eland), Lee Han-beom (Seoul), Hwang Jae-won (Daegu), and Lee Tae-seok (Seoul) lined up in defense. In goal was Lee Kwang-yeon (Gangwon).

After a tightly contested first half that ended 0-0, South Korea scored back-to-back goals in the second half. The hero was Uhm Won-sang (Ulsan), who came on as a substitute. In the sixth minute of the second half, Uhm Won-sang received a pass from Kim Bong-soo, and when he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper, he deftly placed his right foot just over the keeper’s height.메이저놀이터

Uhm Won-sang was responsible for the second goal just three minutes later. After receiving a pass from Jung Ho-yeon, Uhm Won-sang rattled the net with a left-footed shot. Korea added another goal in the 16th minute of the second half when Jung Woo-young (Freiburg) scored a right-footed mid-range shot.

Trailing 0-3, China pulled one back in the 18th minute on a header by Xu Haoyang. South Korea and China will meet in the second assessment match at the same venue on Sept. 19.

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