[Asian Games] Will Korea Become the Top Scorer in Men's Soccer for the Second Consecutive Time, with 'Two More Games' Guaranteed?
Jung Woo-young, currently leading with 5 goals... Cho Young-wook and Hong Hyun-seok, who have a two-goal lead, can also compete.
The men's soccer team, which advanced to the semifinals of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, will not only win the tournament for the third time in a row but also challenge for the top scorer for the second time in a row.
In the men's soccer game at the Hangzhou Asian Games, which progressed to the quarterfinals, South Korea's Jung Woo-young scored five goals and is tied for the top score with Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Maran.
Jung Woo-young, who plays for Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga, scored a hat trick in the first group match against Kuwait in this tournament, leading the team to a 9-0 victory, and scored a total of 5 goals with multiple goals to lead the team to a 5-1 victory in the round of 16 against Kyrgyzstan.
As Korea won 2-0 in the quarterfinals against China on the 1st and entered the semifinals, Wooyoung Jung will play in the semifinals against Uzbekistan on the 4th (9 p.m. Korean time, Hangzhou Huanglong Sports Center Stadium) and the final or bronze medal game on the 7th. We had a chance to score.
Maran also scored a goal in the quarterfinals against Uzbekistan on the 1st, but as Saudi Arabia lost the game 1-2 and was eliminated, the competition for top scorer became more favorable to Jung Woo-young.
Players who scored 3 goals are following Jung Woo-young and Maran, and among them, there are 3 Korean players including Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon), Hong Hyun-seok (Gent), and Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk), so the protagonist is likely to change depending on the results of the remaining two games. It is a possible situation.
Japan's Kotaro Uchino, ahead of the semifinal match against Hong Kong on the 4th, also has three goals.
There are also opportunities for Eom Won-sang (Ulsan) and Ahn Jae-jun (Bucheon), who currently have two goals.
If Korea becomes the top scorer in this tournament, a Korean player will become the top scorer in men's soccer at the Asian Games for the second time in a row, following Hwang Ui-jo (Norwich City) at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games.
Hwang Ui-jo scored 9 goals during the Jakarta Games and played a major role in helping Korea win the gold medal.
Following his performance at the Asian Games, he was consistently selected for the adult national team, establishing himself as a leading striker in Korean soccer and also stepping onto the European stage.
Before Hwang Ui-jo, the Korean Asian Games men's soccer top scorer was at the 1994 Hiroshima Games.
The main character is coach Hwang Seon-hong, who currently leads the Hangzhou Asian Games national team.
At the time, coach Hwang was the top scorer with 11 goals, including 8 goals in the group stage match against Nepal alone.
Coach Hwang's 11 goals still remain the record for most goals scored in a single Asian Games competition.
The Asian Games national team, led by coach Hwang, who is considered one of the best strikers in Korean soccer history, is showing off its 'powerful firepower', led by Jung Woo-young, by scoring 23 goals, the most among the teams participating in this tournament.
Conditions are so good that 11 players are scoring goals.
While Korea won the men's soccer championship in the last two Asian Games, it scored 13 points in the finals of the 2014 Incheon Games and 19 points in the 2018 Jakarta Games.
During the Hiroshima Games (final 4th place), where Coach Hwang scored 11 goals, the team's total score was 17 goals.