Kim Jung-hoon, the only member of the Hwangsun Hongho who never stepped on the field during the men’s soccer gold medal at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, scored the winning goal in his first game back with Jeonbuk Hyundai .Jeonbuk picked up its second straight victory and moved into fourth place (52 points) with a 2-1 away win against Daegu FC in the 34th round of the K League 1 at DGB Daegu Bank Park in Daegu on Nov. 21.
On the day, Jeonbuk battled Daegu to a 1-1 tie before Gustavo scored the game-winning goal from the penalty spot in the final minute of the second half, with Kim Jung-hoon playing a crucial role in holding off Daegu’s late surge. The highlight came more than six minutes into second-half stoppage time, when Daegu’s Kim Jin-hyeok struck a right-footed shot from the right side of the penalty arc that Kim flew out of the way to palm away .In his first game for Jeonbuk since winning gold at the Hangzhou Asian Games, Kim made seven saves, including this one, to earn the victory.
“With all of our injured players back except for Hafael, we’re playing with the goal of winning the Final A with a ‘complete team,’ so I’m glad we got the first game,” Kim said after the game. “Probably the last (Kim Jin-hyuk) shot was the most dizzying,” he recalled, “but my brothers blocked a lot of angles in front of me, so I was able to block it. “My brothers blocked a lot of angles in front of me, so I was able to block it as well. “Kim Jong-hoon was the only one of the 22 players on the Asian Games squad who did not play a single game until earlier this month, creating a buzz in itself.
He had already performed his national defense duties in Gimcheon Sangmu, so he didn’t need the benefit of military service, one of the biggest advantages of winning a gold medal, but he stayed on the sidelines for more than a month to train with the team and serve as a member of Hwang Sun-hong’s squad .”It’s unfortunate that I didn’t get to compete as an athlete, but looking back, I’m glad we won as a ‘one-man team,'” Kim smiles.
“In the Asian Games team, me and goalkeeper Lee Kwang-yeon (Gangwon) had resolved our military issues, and that put more pressure on me. I tried to be careful with my behavior and words,” he said, emphasizing that even though he was unable to play, he always did his best in training. Kim, now 22, who has had a busy early fall with the national team preparing for next year’s Paris Olympics, said, “I’m honored to be selected for both age groups. I didn’t have any difficulties in training, and I was happy to grow every day,” he said encouragingly. As a mature player, he dreams of a ‘happy ending’ to the 2023 season with Jeonbuk, saying, “The team atmosphere is good and we’re saying ‘shhhhhh’. I think we can win the Final A,” he said, adding, “I want to 온라인카지노 finish as high as possible.”