Hwang Sun-hong overcomes ‘boos’ when he touches the ball…

Hwang Sun-hong faced off against hosts China in the men’s football quarter-final at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.

The Asian Games football team, led by Hwang Sun-hong, faced China in their quarter-final match at the Huanglong Sports Centre Stadium in Hangzhou, China, today.

Hwang, who played all of his games from the group stage to the round of 16 against Kyrgyzstan in Jinhua on the outskirts of Hangzhou, played on the road for the first time in the tournament.

The 30,000-capacity Jinhua Stadium had only seen around 19,000 people in attendance during the South Korea match.

However, the Huanglong Sports Centre Stadium, which hosted the China match, is much larger at around 50,000 seats, and the opponent was the home team, so it was a different atmosphere for Hwang as he fought for a place in the semi-finals.

On the day of the National Day, one of China’s biggest celebrations, the Kowloon Sports Centre was predictably packed.

The stadium hosted the quarter-final between Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia five hours before the Korea-China match, and even that drew nearly 40,000 people.

The Chinese fans, who filled the stadium and even ‘waved’ when it wasn’t their country’s game, were understandably many times louder for the Korea-China match that followed.

As the players came out to warm up with about an hour to go, the distinctive Chinese “jiaoyou” (加油) chants began to resonate in earnest. There were also cheers using balloons.

Boos were directed at Korea.

The boos started when the Korean national anthem was played during the national anthems of both teams, and after the game started, boos erupted every time a Korean player touched the ball.

There were a few Korean fans in the middle of the stands holding Korean flags, but they were largely drowned out by the outnumbered Chinese fans.

However, two goals from South Korea in the first half doused the fervour.

Hong Hyun-seok (Ghent) opened the scoring for Korea in the 18th minute with a picturesque left-footed free-kick, and the crowd went silent, only to boo again when his name was called as the scorer.

When Song Min-gyu (Jeonbuk) scored a second goal in the 35th minute from an exquisite cross by Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon), the Chinese fans seemed to have run out of steam and the booing stopped for a while.

The Chinese fans tried to cheer up their players at halftime by lighting up their mobile phones to the beat of the music after a Chinese player’s header hit the post in first-half stoppage time.

But the Chinese were unable to mount a comeback in the second half and Huang Sunhong, who sealed the 2-0 victory, cruised through what may be the trickiest part of the tournament. 안전놀이터