Jeong Sang-bin multi-goal, Hong Yun-sang added goal
Preparing for the AFC U-23 Asian Cup
Henry “horrible result” review of the match
The U-22 soccer team led by Coach Hwang Seon-hong won a complete 3-0 victory over the France U-21 national team led by Coach Thierry Henry.
According to the Korea Football Association, the U-22 national team won 3-0 in an away friendly against the French U-21 team held at the Stade Ocean in Le Havre, France, on the 21st (Korean time).
Jeong Sang-bin (Minnesota), who plays in Major League Soccer (MLS), scored multiple goals to lead the team to victory, and Hong Yun-sang (Pohang) also added one goal.
Coach Hwang formed the offensive line with Ahn Jae-jun (Bucheon) as the top player and Uhm Uhm-seong (Gwangju) and Jeon Byeong-gwan (Daejeon) on both sides. Kang Seong-jin (Seoul) was deployed as an attacking midfielder to support the attackers, but neither team ended the first half without scoring a goal.
Jeong Sang-bin, who replaced Jeon Byeong-gwan at the start of the second half, scored the first goal 25 minutes after being brought on. Jeong Sang-bin took advantage of Hong Yun-sang’s free kick opportunity and struck it with his right foot from behind the penalty arc, over the defensive wall and into the top corner of the goal.
The momentum gained once led to Jeong Sang-bin’s multiple goals 9 minutes later. Cho Hyun-taek (Ulsan) attempted a low cross from the left side, but Sang-bin Jeong took advantage of the opportunity when the French goalkeeper and defense did not properly handle the cross.
In extra time in the second half, Hong Yun-sang also scored an additional goal, achieving a major victory. When a mistake occurred between the opposing goalkeeper and defender in the French camp, Hong Yun-sang did not miss the mistake and struck the net.
This trip to France was prepared to prepare for the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup, the final Asian regional qualifying tournament for the 2024 Paris Olympics men’s soccer, to be held in Qatar next April.
Korean soccer, which holds the world record for ‘most consecutive Olympic appearances’ (9), is aiming to advance to the finals for the 10th consecutive tournament through the Paris Olympics.
Coach Henry, who leads the French age-group national team, fielded promising players from prestigious clubs such as Mathis Tell (Bayern Munich) and Bradley Barcola (Paris Saint-Germain), but had to leave the stadium, saying, “The results are terrible now.”
/Reporter Kim Seong-ju [email protected]