The Asian Games national team, led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong, will play against Japan in the men’s soccer final of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China, at 9 p.m. on the 7th (스포츠토토).
Five years ago, the men’s soccer final at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games was also a match between Korea and Japan. At that time, South Korea, supported by goals from Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan, beat Japan 2-1 after a neck-and-neck race to win the gold medal.
In the first time in five years, Japan started a dispute amid the Korea-Japan war on the same stage. South Korean striker Cho Young-wook, a member of Hwang Sun-hongho and a member of the professional soccer team Gimcheon Sangmu, is scheduled to be discharged from the military in July 2024, but he can be discharged early if he wins a gold medal in this tournament. After winning the semifinal against Uzbekistan on the 4th, he said, “The final match is Saturday, so the owners of Korean chicken restaurants will like it a lot. “The players are also confident because they overcame the crisis well,” he said.
The Japanese media started a dispute over this. Japanese media Nikkan Sports said, “In Korea, there is a culture of enjoying chicken and beer together. Think of the final match between Korea and Japan as a snack bar and watch Korea’s victory. “The only active-duty soldier in the Korean national team has provoked Japan,” he said.
It is so natural for Koreans to enjoy chicken and beer while watching soccer, and it is not just done in the match between Korea and Japan, but Japan distorted it and provoked Korea on the contrary. In the run-up to the Korea-Japan war, Japan began to make forced provocations.