The image of Hwang Sun-Hong Ho flanker Park Gyu-hyun (Dynamo Dresden) “running away” with a full stride is as memorable as the two decisive goals.
Park was involved in an altercation with a Chinese player about 21 minutes into the second half of the quarterfinal match between China and Hangzhou at the Hangzhou Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, after Hong Hyun-seok (Hent) and Song Min-gyu (Jeonbuk) had given their team a 2-0 lead in the first half.
Here’s what happened. Substitute forward Fang Hao was fumbling for a pass near the right sideline of his own half when Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) rushed forward to make the first interception. Fang Hao fell to the ground and struggled to retain possession of the ball. After recovering the ball from Park Kyu-hyun, Fang Hao tried to run into the Korean zone. At that moment, Park Gyu-hyun grabbed Fang Hao’s pants with his hand. Pang Hao, who was upset by Park’s foul, rushed to Park in protest and pushed Park’s body against his chest. It was a close call. Chinese and Korean players rushed to the sidelines. Even the Chinese coach, who was standing in the technical area, rushed onto the field to stop Pang Hao.토토사이트
Although it looked like anything could happen at any moment, the ‘physical clash’ that was feared did not happen. This is because Park Gyu-hyun was not at the ‘scene of the incident(?)’. As a gesture of ‘I didn’t do anything’ to the referee, Park placed his hands on his chest with palms facing outward. He then left his hands where they were and turned and ran towards the Korean camp, sending a loud and clear message to the referee and the Chinese players that he didn’t want to get into a fight.
It was a clever moment of baseball smarts. The foul was committed by Park Kyu-hyun. If he had gotten into a fight and gotten physical, he could have been cautioned at worst. Coach Hwang Sun-hong had sent a message to his players before the game against China, warning them to watch out for warnings and ejections. A team with championship aspirations needs to minimize variables like caution accumulation in a tournament.
Park said after the game, “I collided with my opponent, but I made that decision because I didn’t need to fight afterward. I just wanted to get out of the situation immediately. I didn’t talk to the Chinese player about anything in particular.” After the referee’s intervention, the two players reconciled and the situation was resolved.
Park’s teammates had a similar reaction to his behavior. ‘Park Gyu-hyun is Park Gyu-hyun,’ they said. “It was just funny,” said attacker Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon). “The eldest brother, Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk), said, “Gyuhyun is the atmosphere maker in the team. It was cute to see him like that on the field once in a while and think, ‘That’s just like him’.” Park Gyu-hyun is a former Ulsan Youth player who moved to Germany early on and is currently playing for Dresden in the German third division. “He’s a free-spirited player. I’m having a new experience of saying, ‘There are friends like this in the world,'” Park smiled.
Only one South Korean player, Paik Seung-ho, received a warning on the day. He will play against Uzbekistan on Thursday without a warning.