Hwang’s ‘normal’ multi-goal performance helps Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s France U21s to 3-0 victory
The South Korea Under-22 soccer team defeated Thierry Henry’s France U21 team to raise hopes for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
South Korea, led by Hwang Sun-hong, defeated France 3-0 in a friendly at Stade Ocean in Le Havre, France, on Sept. 21 (KST), led by a multi-goal performance from Minnesota’s Normandin Sang (Minnesota).
After a 0-0 first half, the Koreans scored a free-kick goal in the 25th minute of the second half, followed by another goal from Jung Sang-bin and a wedge goal from Hong Yun-sang (Pohang) to secure a comfortable victory.
The team, which departed for France on the 13th, won 1-1 in two exhibition matches, including a 0-0 draw against Le Havre AC (French First Division) at the Le Havre Training Center on the 18th.
On that day, South Korea struggled against the home team, France, in the early stages of the match.
France tested Korea’s goal with a left-footed shot from Mathieu Tell (Bayern Munich) and a mid-range effort from Bradley Barcola (Paris Saint-Germain).
South Korea responded in the 39th minute when Ahn Jae-jun (Bucheon) threw himself forward to meet a cross from Hwang Jae-won (Daegu) but couldn’t get a foot on it. 카지노사이트
Unable to capitalize on their chances, South Korea had a close call in the final minute of the half when Arnaud Calimuando (Rennes) hit the crossbar from an opposing set piece.
With the score tied at 0-0, South Korea made a change at the start of the second half, bringing on Jeon Byung-kwan (Daejeon) for Sang Sang-bin.
A fierce offensive battle unfolded at the start of the second half. South Korea had a chance in the sixth minute when Um Ji Sung (Gwangju) shot from mid-range just wide of the goal. France also threatened with a shot from inside the box by Barcola.
After several close calls, South Korea broke the 0-0 tie with a free kick from Jung Sang-bin. In the 25th minute, Hong Yun-sang’s free kick rattled the net with an exquisite shot over the opposing defense.
Riding the momentum, South Korea scored another goal nine minutes later. In the 34th minute, Cho Hyun-taek (Ulsan)’s cross was unable to be dealt with by the opponent, and the rushing Jung Sang-bin rattled the net again with a calm finish.
With the victory in hand, South Korea sealed the match in stoppage time when Hong Yun-sang took advantage of a defensive lapse by the opposition and a goalkeeping error.