The 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games match between North and South Korea is expected to take place faster than expected in soccer.
As of the 22nd, the men’s national soccer team led by coach Hwang Seon-hong has won two consecutive games in Group E of the Asian Games, confirming its early advancement to the round of 16.
Thanks to their overwhelming firepower and the records of other countries, they settled in first place in the group regardless of the result of the third game, increasing the possibility of a North-South confrontation taking place.
North Korea has not participated in international competitions since the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games due to reasons such as the spread of COVID-19.
He was suspended from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after unilaterally boycotting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and the disciplinary action ended on December 31 last year.
North Korea, which appeared on the international stage for the first time in five years, is making good progress in soccer. The men’s national soccer team recorded two consecutive wins by defeating Taiwan and Kyrgyzstan, and is on the verge of advancing to the round of 16.
As a result, there is a possibility that a confrontation between North and South Korea may come to fruition sooner than expected. In the round of 16, the first place in Group E meets the second place in Group F. Since North Korea is in good spirits, it is predicted that they will win the final group match of Group F against Indonesia scheduled for the 24th, but if they lose, they could move up to second place.
If these assumptions become reality, a confrontation between South and North Korea will take place. The last time the North and South faced each other was in the finals of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, 9 years ago.
A women’s soccer team is also a possibility. If Colin Belho, who is playing the first match of Group E of the Asian Games against Myanmar on this day, rises to the top of the group, he can meet North Korea in the quarterfinals.토토사이트
Originally, South Korea was scheduled to face Japan, the likely winner of Group D, in the quarterfinals, but a sudden change in the bracket created the possibility of a quarterfinal against North Korea.
A variable occurred in which Cambodia was excluded from Group C, which North Korea belongs to, leaving only Singapore and two other teams, and the bracket was changed just before the opening of the tournament.
Depending on the performance of second place in other groups, the opponent of South Korea, which took first place in Group E, may vary, and there are cases where they meet when North Korea takes first place in Group C.
The most recent time that women’s soccer competed between North and South Korea was the EAFF E-1 Championship (East Asian Cup) held in Japan in December 2017. At that time, Korea lost 0-1.