Tuesday , October 4 2022

Hwang enthusiastic relax fears of injuries after Brisbane – Soccer strike


Hwang scored the goal of South Korea in the first half of the match in Lang Park but collapsed on the pitch after entering Trent Sainsbury before half, putting a question mark on his participation in the Asian Cup early next year.

The 26-year-old who scored in his six previous games for his Japanese club, Gamba Osaka, before joining the Taeguk Warriors for the trip to Australia, said the injury was not very serious.

"I felt a sudden pain on my legs," he told Yonhap news agency.

"I was able to play the game but I decided to rest."

Hwang's goal was his third for the senior national team but scored nine in seven matches as a player over age when the South Korean team under 23 won the Asian Games title earlier this year.

Also scored the first goal of South Korea in the 2-1 win over Uruguay in Seoul in October, the prestige of a series of five undefeated races since the Portuguese coach Paulo Bendo took over the opening of the World Cup.

Although Australia was balanced through Massimo Luongo deep in the downtime, Bento was pleased with a draw in a re-run of the final of the 2015 Asian Cup, which won Socceroos.

"The opponents played a good game in the first half," he said. "It is nice that we did not lose, but we also had to improve things.

"(Hwang) is an important player to keep our style of play, knowing his skills, a pity he had to replace because of injury, but he is a good player."

Bento is without Son Heung-min for the trip to Australia because of a deal hit by Tottenham Hotspur that allowed forward to play also in the Asian Games.

South Korea continues preparations for the Asian Cup championship on Feb. 5 with friendly against Uzbekistan in Brisbane on Tuesday and Hwang said he imagined the chances of re-entering the match sheet.

"I noticed (Uzbekistan) that they have some players who also fought in the Asian Games," said Hwang. "I will think of my good memories of the Asian Games. I want to score a goal and win the next game." (Reference by Nick Mulvenney, Ed. By Ian Ransom)

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