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The Korean U-22 soccer team produced an upset by defeating the French U-21 national team led by legendary coach Henry 3-0. France is a strong team that is considered a strong candidate to win next year's Paris Olympics.
The Korea Football Association reported that the Korean U-22 team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, won 3-0 in a friendly match against the French U-21 team held at the Stade Ocean in Le Havre, France, on the 21st (Korean time).
Jeong Sang-bin, who plays for Minnesota in the U.S. MLS, scored two goals, including a fantastic free kick goal, and Hong Yun-sang (Pohang) scored a key goal.
Korea finished the first half 0-0, blocking France's onslaught with brilliant individual skills and speed. Korea, which had rarely had an opportunity to attack, scored the first goal in the 25th minute of the second half when Jeong Sang-bin broke the balance. Jeong Sang-bin scored a perfect kick over the defensive wall and into the left corner of the goal from a free kick opportunity in the middle of the opponent's half. The goalkeeper tried to fly, but was sucked into a course that he couldn't reach.
In the 34th minute, Jeong Sang-bin rushed in and lightly pushed in a low cross from the left by Cho Hyun-taek (Ulsan), as neither the French goalkeeper nor the defense could block it.
In the second half of extra time, Korea's French GK failed to properly handle a long cross, and when the ball spilled out and hit the GK, Hong Yun-sang scored the third goal with an accurate kick.
France coach Thierry Henry said after the game: “It was a terrible result. The second and third runs were ridiculous. Treating a Korean cross like that... “He shook his head.
Korea conducted an away training in France to prepare for the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup, the final Asian regional qualifying tournament for the 2024 Paris Olympics men's soccer, to be held in Qatar next April. Prior to the match against the French national team that day, the match against Le Hav of Ligue 1 was tied 0-0.
If participation in the Paris Olympics is confirmed, Korea will participate in the Olympics for the 10th consecutive time, the most in the world. To achieve this, the Olympic team must place in the top three at the AFC U-23 Championship.
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
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