South Korean men’s football team set up semifinal with Park Hang-seo’s Vietnam

South Korean men’s football team set up semifinal with Park Hang-seo’s Vietnam

As we heard, South Korea’s victory over Uzbekistan
sets up a semifinal full of intrigue and drama. That’s because Vietnam — their opponents
in the semis — are led by a South Korean head coach whose been working wonders with
their squad. Lee Seung-jae reports. The Taeguk Warriors are within touching distance
of securing their second straight Asian Games gold in men’s football after they edged past
Uzbekistan 4-3 after extra time,… at the Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium on Monday. Head coach Kim Hak-bum showed why he picked
Hwang Ui-jo as one of his three wild card picks… as the Gamba Osaka striker found
the back of the net three times. Hwang’s third goal in the 75th minute,…
gave him eight goals so far this tournament,… and his second hat trick at this year’s Asian
Games. With the match tied 3-3,… Hwang also earned
a penalty in the 117th minute,… allowing South Korea to knock out a relatively strong
Uzbek team. Meanwhile, the ‘Park Hang-seo magic’ continued
on Monday,… as the Vietnamese national football team beat Syria one-nil in their quarterfinal. Millions of fans all across Vietnam went out
into the streets,… waving the nation’s flag…. celebrating their latest win. Park, a former assistant coach to Guus Hiddink
during the 2002 World Cup,… where South Korea finished 4th,… is already national
hero in Vietnam after leading them to a stunning runners-up finish at the 2018 AFC U-23 Championships
earlier this year. Vietnam’s win sets up the dream match as Park
will face his home country in the semifinal. Park and South Korea’s head coach Kim Hak-bum
know each other very well as they faced each other numerous times as coaches in the K League. With the winner advancing to the final,…
fans are eagerly anticipating the big match that’s set for Wednesday evening. On the other side of the draw,… Japan and
the UAE will also face off on Wednesday. Victories by South Korea and Japan would set
up a huge grudge match between the two arch rivals in a bid for national glory and Asian
Games gold. The final is set for Saturday. Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.

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