Korea beat Egypt 4-1 to end the June Friendships

Cho Gue-sung, center, celebrates with Son Heung-min after scoring Korea’s third goal in a match against Egypt at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo District, west of Seoul. [YONHAP]

Korea ended their friendly June with a big 4-1 win over Egypt at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo District, west Seoul on Tuesday.

After a 2-2 draw against Paraguay last week, the Taeguk Warriors are back in Seoul with something to prove they took on a very weak Egyptian to play with. talismanic captain Mohamed Salah.

For the first 10 minutes of the game, it seemed like Korea couldn’t get up in time with the visitors quickly seizing power when they first went.

Those tremors soon subsided and the Taeguk warriors began to pull together and began working as a group. The move paid off quickly and just minutes later Bordeaux’s Hwang Ui-jo headed home the first goal of the game.

Hwang’s header came at the end of a well-executed game that started at the halfway line with captain Son Heung-min. Son chose Kim Jin-su with a long cross to place the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors winger near the left corner. Kim took one shot to secure the ball before hitting the box where Hwang dived to return home.

Hwang Ui-jo, center, heads Korea’s first goal in a match against Egypt at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo District, west of Seoul. [YONHAP]

Hwang Ui-jo, center, heads Korea’s first goal in a match against Egypt at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo District, west of Seoul. [YONHAP]

That first goal is a masterpiece of what Korea can do when the cogs are oiled and work properly. It was only one, two, three or four games to get the ball from the half line to the back of the net. The accuracy required for pulling was where the Taeguk Warriors always fell, but obviously not every time.

Just five minutes after that first goal, Korea came back for No. 2, a set that may not have been the same as the draw but did not slow down.

It started again with the Son, a right corner was shot into the box and into Hwang’s head. Before firing the ball into the goal, Hwang stopped sending the ball flying through the box where Ulsan Hyundai defender Kim Young-gwon dived to head the ball. bounce.

Kim Young-gwon, center, heads Korea’s second goal in the match against Egypt at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo District, west Seoul. [YONHAP]

Kim Young-gwon, center, heads Korea’s second goal in the match against Egypt at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo District, west Seoul. [YONHAP]

Things came too late after that time when Egypt strengthened its defenses and achieved an end to the Korean invasions.

Catching the moment, the visitors had more chances, with Mostafa Mohamed finding Egypt on the scoreboard in the 37th minute.

The goal was disputed on the pitch, with Korea calling for a VAR review due to a hand injury. Although the video game has been shown to involve the ball and the hand, the latest FIFA rules indicate that it is not wrong to use a bad hand that leads to a goal. The referee and the VAR clearly knew the interference, which was not known to be relevant to the game, was not a reason to deny the goal.

Time was dead for the rest of the half, scoring at 2-1 when the gun fired.

That moment died down for a while when the second half began for Korea. Despite some changes-Kim Jin-kyu for Ko Seung-beom in the 52nd minute and Um Won-sound for Jeong Woo-yeong in the 69th minute-the Taeguk Warriors were reportedly replaced for the first 30 minutes of the match. ka. the second half.

It wasn’t until the final minutes of the game that Korea quickly survived. Head coach Paul Bento changed again in the 78th minute-Cho Gue-sung for Hwang and Kim Dong-hyun for Paik Seung-ho-and the new legs were immediately paid.

Cho Gue-sung scored Korea's third goal in the match against Egypt at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo District, west of Seoul. [YONHAP]

Cho Gue-sung scored Korea’s third goal in the match against Egypt at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo District, west of Seoul. [YONHAP]

Two substitutes gave Korea the third point in the 84th minute, when Um fed the ball to Cho on the edge of the box. Gimcheon Sangmu’s center turned around before firing a shot that was well-placed on the screen and passed the hands of the keeper in the upper right corner of the goal to take the score to 3-1. .

Six minutes later Korea came back for the first time as Kim Jin-su carried his second assist of the night with a superb cross to Kwon Chang-hoon. Diving in front of the defense, Kwon, who is also Gimcheon’s center, headed the low ball to the right of the goal, leaping into the post to take the lead. count to 4-1.

Kwon Chang-hoon, center, heads Korea’s fourth goal in the match against Egypt at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo District, west Seoul on Tuesday. [YONHAP]

Kwon Chang-hoon, center, heads Korea’s fourth goal in the match against Egypt at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo District, west Seoul on Tuesday. [YONHAP]

The big 4-1 win ended a four-game losing streak with Korea winning two games, drawing one and losing one.

Korea started the month with a 5-1 loss to Brazil at Seoul World Cup Stadium, before beating Chile 2-0 at Daejeon World Cup Stadium and then drawing 2-2 with Paraguay at Suwon World Cup Stadium. .

While the 5-1 loss was a tough stick to swallow, it came in the hands of the No. 1 team. In the last three games, Korea’s defense and midfield have shown a resurgence when the attacks start to get more water and less start.

Reliance on the Son has always been a concern for Korea, but Tuesday’s game showed a big change of course, with the rest of the attacking lineup more excited to try things out. themselves without constantly trying to turn the ball over to the captain.

Korea played four games without regular center back Kim Min-jae, who is recovering from the cut, and Lee Jae-sung who was injured. Wolverhampton Wanderers also sat in front of Hwang Hee-chan for the last two games as he went on to train for the army, while young defender Jung Woo-young left the team after the first two games.

But despite the lack of some key players, Korea has come together and shown good progress as a team. Despite the new injuries, Korea needs to get back to full strength before the World Cup.

The national team for the summer is expected to announce that the K League will begin on Friday. Players living abroad can return to their teams to fulfill offseason vows.

The national team will meet again in mid-July when Korea travel to Japan to defend their title at the 2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship.

AND JIM BULLEY [jim.bulley@joongang.co.kr]

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