‘Frustrating 90 minutes’ Olympic team loses 0-2 to Qatar at home

‘Frustrating 90 minutes’ Olympic team loses 0-2 to Qatar at home

The Olympic team led by coach Hwang Seon-hong was defeated by Qatar with home fans watching.

Korea lost 0-2 in the first leg of Group B of the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Asian Cup qualifiers, which also serves as a Paris Olympic qualifier, against Qatar held at the Changwon Football Center in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do on the 6th.

However, today’s game is not reflected in the preliminary rankings. This is because Qatar will host the U23 Asian Cup finals next year, and today’s match is considered a friendly match.

The Olympic qualifiers are divided into 11 groups. A total of 16 teams, including the first place team in each group, the top four teams among the second place teams in each group, and the host country, Qatar, will advance to the U23 Asian Cup finals. Korea will play against Kyrgyzstan on the 9th and Myanmar on the 12th.

From the beginning of the game, Korea harassed the Qatar defense with strong forward pressure and quick side attacks. However, the two crosses towards right wing striker Jeon Byeong-gwan were not completed accurately and failed to create a threatening scene.

Afterwards, Korea continued to dominate the game, but was unable to seize any significant opportunities due to lack of detailed tactics in the offensive zone.메이저사이트

Korea, which continued to play frustratingly, gave up an unexpected first goal in the 38th minute of the first half. Qatar’s Ahmed Allawi scored the first goal by catching the ball from behind and shooting into the corner of the goal with his right foot.

Korea, which gave up the lead with a single counterattack, aimed to tie the game with a long pass to the front line’s Heo Yul. However, simple attacks were blocked repeatedly by Qatar and did not lead to shots.

At the start of the second half, Korea changed their attack by replacing Kang Hyun-mook and Jeon Byeong-gwan with Baek Sang-hoon and Hong Yun-sang. Hong Yun-sang and Baek Sang-hoon added strength to the attack by moving actively on the side and center, respectively.

Korea, which was unable to create a decisive chance despite the introduction of new players, stepped up the offensive in the 15th minute of the second half by replacing Lee Jin-yong and adding Lee Hyun-joo, who has good individual skills.

But the goal actually came from Qatar. In the 22nd minute of the second half, in a throw-in situation, the ball hit Tamim Al-Abdullah’s head and passed goalkeeper Baek Jong-beom’s key after one bounce, resulting in a score.

Korea, who was in a hurry to make up for the goal, launched an all-out attack with Hong Yun-sang and Uhm Um-seong on the left and right flanks, but the accuracy of their finishing crosses and shots was poor.

In the 41st minute of the second half, Korea removed midfielder Oh Jae-hyuk and brought in striker Kim Shin-jin, but as a result, they failed to score a single goal and suffered a loss.


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