December 3, 2022

South Korea beat an undermanned Egypt 4-1 on Tuesday of their ultimate pre-World Cup pleasant of the month, with striker Hwang Ui-jo main the way in which with a objective and an help.

The much-anticipated showdown between the joint Premier League Golden Boot winners, South Korean captain Son Heung-min and his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Salah, by no means got here to fruition, with Salah not making the journey to Seoul because of an unspecified damage.

Son made his fourth consecutive begin and had a hand within the workforce’s first two targets in his usually efficient efficiency.

Hwang Ui-jo of South Korea celebrates after scoring a objective in opposition to Egypt in the course of the international locations’ pleasant soccer match at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul on June 14, 2022. (Yonhap)

This was the fourth and ultimate pleasant match for South Korea of their preparation for the World Cup. South Korea misplaced to Brazil 5-1 on June 2 and beat Chile 2-0 4 days later. They performed Paraguay to a 2-2 draw final Friday earlier than Tuesday night time’s beatdown.

“I feel, usually, it was recreation, with efficiency,” South Korea head coach Paulo Bento stated. “I feel we must be blissful due to the outcome, and likewise as a result of efficiency and the angle of the gamers.”

Egypt head coach Ehab Galal lamented his lack of viable choices, as Salah and some different gamers weren’t out there.

“We had a variety of younger gamers who had by no means performed in an vital match earlier than,” Galal stated. “I believed South Korea had been very stable each on offense and protection. Though we didn’t convert our alternatives in addition to South Korea did, I hope this match shall be a worthwhile studying expertise for our gamers.”

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South Korea can have two extra friendlies in September earlier than the World Cup kicks off in November. The nation may even take part within the East Asian Soccer Federation E-1 Soccer Championship in July in Japan however shall be with out a few of their high Europe-based expertise for that occasion.

Although to not the extent of Egypt’s absences, South Korea additionally performed with out some key gamers of their very own. Their two common midfielders, Jung Woo-young and Hwang In-beom, had been left off due to accidents, whereas heart again Kim Min-jae wasn’t even referred to as up following ankle surgical procedure.

South Korea shook off an uninspired begin to take the lead on 16 minutes. Son made an extended diagonal cross to Kim Jin-su on the left wing to stretch the Egyptian protection. From there, Kim despatched a pointy cross for Hwang, who headed it residence for his second objective in 4 matches.

The hosts doubled the lead six minutes later, when heart again Kim Younger-gwon scored with a diving header after Hwang headed down a nook taken by Son.

Egypt responded with Mostafa Mohamed’s objective on 38 minutes. Ibrahim Adel’s preliminary shot deflected off Kim Jin-su, and whereas a handful of South Korean gamers pleaded with the referee for a attainable handball violation, Mohamed pounced on the unfastened ball and reduce the deficit in half.

Groups traded few probabilities within the second half, earlier than South Korea added two late targets to complete off the convincing victory. Substitute Cho Gue-sung prolonged the result in 3-1 with a stunning roller within the eighty fifth minute, and midfielder Kwon Chang-hoon headed residence a cross by Kim Jin-su to spherical out the scoring.

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“We had been in a position to execute our recreation plan, and issues performed out the way in which we needed them to,” stated Hwang, chosen the Man of the Match. “We scored a bunch of targets, and it was match general.”