Hwang Sun-hong led South Korea to a 5-1 victory over Kyrgyzstan behind a multi-goal performance from Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) to reach the quarterfinals of the men’s soccer competition at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.

Hwang Sun-hong’s South Korea U-24 team defeated Kyrgyzstan 5-1 in the men’s football round of 16 on Sunday at the Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Zhejiang, China.

Chung Woo-young scored a header in the 12th minute and a penalty kick in the 29th minute to lead South Korea to victory.

Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), who converted two penalty kicks, also shined.

South Korea, which is seeking its third consecutive Asian Games title, will play host China, which defeated Qatar 1-0 earlier in the day, in the semifinals at 9 p.m. local time next month at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou.

Hwang Sun-hong’s streak of multi-goal wins continued, but his clean sheet in all competitions came to an end.

Huang also scored 21 goals in the tournament, surpassing his previous Asian Games record of 18 goals set in Beijing in 1990.

Hwang deployed a 4-2-3-1 system with Park Jae-yong (Jeonbuk) up front and Jung Woo-young, Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) and Uhm Won-sang (Ulsan) in the second line from the left.

Lee Kang-in, who made his first appearance in the third match against Bahrain and played until the 36th minute of the first leg, started again and was active on the field until he was replaced by Ko Young-joon (Pohang) in the 15th minute of the second leg.

Hwang Seon-hongho’s midfield consisted of Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk) and Jeong Ho-yeon (Gwangju), while the back line consisted of Seol Young-woo, Kim Tae-hyun (Sendai), Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk), and Hwang Jae-won (Daegu) from the left.

Lee Kwang-yeon (Gangwon) wore the goalkeeper’s gloves.

On the left side, Jung Woo-young and Seol Young-woo chopped up the space with Lee Kang-in to attack the danger zone, while on the right side, Uhm Won-sang made a cool breakthrough.

South Korea took the lead in the 11th minute when Baek Seung-ho scored from the penalty spot.

Earlier, Seol Young-woo was tripped by Baiaman Kumarbhai inside the penalty area, drawing a penalty kick.

South Korea pulled one back just a minute later when Jung Woo-young headed home a cross from the right by Uhm Won-sang, giving the hosts hope of a big win.

However, they conceded in the 28th minute through Maksat Aligulov.

Baek Seung-ho, who was at the back line, made a mistake of not receiving the pass properly, and Aligulov, who picked it up, fired a ground-ball shot to score Kyrgyzstan’s second goal.

It was South Korea’s first goal of the tournament.

South Korea had to settle for a goal in the 45th minute when Lee Kang-in’s ‘courier cross’ from the left was met by Jung Woo-young’s header on the doorstep.

At the start of the second half, Hwang made a change in attack by removing Jung Ho-yeon and Park Jae-yong and introducing Hong Hyun-seok (Ghent) and Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon).

After failing to score despite repeated shots and saves from the opposing goalkeeper, South Korea scored another goal in the 29th minute through a penalty kick by Jung Woo-young. 안전놀이터

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