The Hwangs’ defensive line is on the verge of collapse

The Hwangs’ defensive line is on the verge of collapse. Injuries and cautions have piled up.

Hwang Sun-hong’s South Korea U-23 national team defeated China U-23 2-0 behind back-to-back goals from Lee Young-joon in the second match of Group B of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup and the Asian final qualifying tournament for the 2024 Paris Olympics at the Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Monday. South Korea had won two games in a row.

Next up is the ‘eternal rival’ Japan. South Korea will face Japan in its final group game at 10 p.m. on Aug. 22.

Trouble brewing. South Korea’s defense collapsed against China. Hwang utilized the back four. He started Cho Hyun-taek, Byun Jun-soo, and Hwang Jae-won.

At the start of the second half, a dizzying scene occurred. China’s Liu Zhurun received a long cross and tried to find the Korean goal. Fortunately, the shot went wide. However, there was a problem along the way. Signer went to the ground complaining of hamstring pain. The medical team was called in. It was determined that he could no longer play. 안전놀이터 추천 Lee Tae-seok took his place on the field. An injury twist had occurred.

There was even a warning at the end of the game.

Byun Jun-soo was cautioned for delay of game and will not be able to play in the next match. He was also warned for the first game against the UAE.

The defensive line was in trouble against Japan, with Signe Kwan and Byun Jun-soo leaving for separate reasons. Korea has only two professional center backs in the tournament. However, flanker Cho Hyun-taek and defensive midfielder Lee Kang-hee can play at center back. In fact, in the second leg, Cho Hyun-taek and Lee Kang-hee played as three backs after Signe Kwan was ruled out.

Tickets to the Paris Olympics are at stake in this tournament. The first through third-place finishers will go directly to the main tournament, while the fourth-place team will decide its fate in an intercontinental playoff against an African team. The Hwangs are aiming to qualify for their 10th consecutive Olympic Games. South Korea has been to the Olympics since 1988 in Seoul and last time in Tokyo. However, the country’s path to the Games has had its ups and downs. Some of its European players were unable to join the team due to team commitments. Kim Ji-Soo (Brentford), one of Hwang’s key center backs, was also unavailable. Hwang’s head was further complicated.

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