Two-goal first half explosion against Uzbekistan… Hwang Sun-hong-ho ‘spearheads’ Jung Woo-young

Hwang Sun-hong’s (Stuttgart) spearheaded the Korean team to victory at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, and he did so in what was seen as a ‘crucial’ match against Uzbekistan.

Jung scored two goals in the first half of the men’s football quarter-final against Uzbekistan at the Huanglong Sports Centre Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, on Thursday afternoon.

After conceding a disappointing free-kick to Jasurbek Zalolidinov in the 26th minute of the first half when they led 1-0, South Korea went into the second half with a 2-1 lead thanks to Jung’s multi-goal performance.

The game was considered the “biggest high point” in Hwang’s quest to end his three-game losing streak at the tournament.

He had already scored five goals the previous day, tying him with Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Maran for the top scoring spot.

He is now two goals away from equalling the record of striker Hwang Eui-jo (Norwich City), who was in sensational form for Kim Hak-Bum at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. Hwang’s nine-goal outburst made him the tournament’s top scorer.

Korea has had three top scorers in men’s football at the Asian Games, including Hwang Ui-jo.

Seniors such as Seo Won-jung in 1990 (four goals) and Hwang Sun-hong in 1994 (11 goals) have also been crowned top scorers, raising the possibility that Jung Woo-young could be the fourth to claim the honour.

After exploding for three goals in the first match of the tournament against Kuwait on 19 March, Jung Woo-young was at it again on Sunday, finishing off Hwang Sun-hong’s attacks twice with his trademark diligence.

Jung’s first goal came just five minutes into the match.

From a free-kick, Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), Hong Hyun-seok (Ghent) and Uhm Won-sang (Ulsan) combined to deliver a precise cross to the feet of Jung Woo-young, who rushed into the box and slotted home to put Uzbekistan ahead.

Even when the team was in trouble, Jung Woo-young stepped up.

In the 26th minute, he took advantage of a free kick awarded by a foul on captain Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk) to rattle the Korean net with a sharp left-footed shot.

Uzbekistan, revitalised by the momentum, pressured Korea’s players in all areas of the pitch with rough physicality, and the game went into a lull.

Jung Woo-young once again turned the tide with his exquisite positioning and concentration.

In the 38th minute of the first half, while struggling with Lee Han-beom (Meatwillan) in the penalty area, he lost sight of a player in the rush of Saidzhamat Mirsaydov and Asadbek Rakhimzhonov.

It was Jung Woo-young.

He appeared in the doorway, and once again, he made no effort, simply slotting home to complete his multi-goal haul.

Jung Woo-young is wearing the number 7 in the tournament.

It is the number of Son Heung-min (Tottenham), an iconic Korean footballer and ace of the A team. 토토사이트

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