The U24 national soccer team, led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong, beat Japan 2-1 in the men’s soccer final at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China, on the 7th.
Japan, which lost to South Korea in the final of the 2018 tournament, met South Korea again this time and vowed to avenge it, but lost in Hangzhou and remained in silver.
“It’s a shame,” Oiwa said after the game. Our players put in a lot of effort. But as a result, they lost to Korea,” he said, admitting defeat. 안전놀이터
“We worked hard, but the Korean coaches and players showed their skills well. South Korea was a well-prepared team for the Olympics,” he acknowledged.
Meanwhile, Japan made up of U22 players who are two years younger than U24 at the Asian Games. It was a preparation for the Paris Olympics next year.
Coach Oiwa said, “It’s a good result to reach the finals (with two-year-old players),” adding, “All of them are becoming good teams, including the way they play, cooperation, and teamwork.” “This tournament will help us in the preliminary round of the Olympics,” he said.
“Nevertheless, as the results were disappointing, both individuals and the team will improve their skills further,” he promised.