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‘Country booing at end of anthem’ China silenced with rudeness, Tai Chi warriors with skill
It was as much about skill as it was about decorum.
Hwang Sun-hong’s South Korea men’s national soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Hangzhou Asian Games 토토사이트 with a 2-0 victory over China on Monday at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
The captain’s mercenary skills shone through. Anticipating China’s tough play in front of a home crowd of 52,000, he focused on strength over speed, dropping ‘ace’ Lee Kang-in and the in-form Jung Woo-young and Uhm Won-sang in favor of the more physically gifted Song Min-gyu, Ahn Jae-joon, and Park Kyu-hyun.
It worked. After dominating China in all areas of the pitch, South Korea scored two goals in the first half to take an early lead. Hong Hyun-seok’s picturesque left-footed free-kick in the 16th minute and Song Min-gyu’s 35th-minute strike gave South Korea a comfortable lead.
It was a cider-like victory. Most of all, it’s nice to see that the “bad manners” that China displayed throughout the game were met with a complete “skill” advantage. October 1, the day of the game, was the National Day, one of China’s two major holidays. With the long holiday coinciding with the Asian Games, the Chinese people packed the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium to show their support.
This wouldn’t be a problem if the only chants were “cheers” (Chinese for “go”), but the excessive boos directed at South Korea were frowned upon, especially when the two national anthems were played before kickoff. The Chinese crowd erupted in boos at the end of the national anthem, a moment of solidarity for the players, the visiting fans, and the numerous Korean media members. There was no courtesy or consideration for the other country.
It was no different during the game. As expected, rough fouls by Chinese players plagued the Taegeuk Warriors. The Chinese fans booed nonstop, as if they were waiting for the Korean players to fall to the ground.
Hwang Sun-hong answered the Chinese with ‘skill’. He turned the sprawling Huanglong Sports Center stadium into a library as he cruised to victory with an overwhelming advantage. His calmness in avoiding unnecessary conflicts and focusing on the game in the face of his opponent’s harsh provocations was also a cut above his opponent.
With the gap in skill and the gap in manners, South Korea cruised to the gold medal. Hwang Sun-hong will try to secure his ticket to the final in the semifinals against Uzbekistan on April 4.