After the Asian Games women’s soccer final between Japan and North Korea, a female coach could hardly contain her excitement.
Ri Jong Shim, a former goalkeeper for the North Korean women’s national team, had a long conversation with Ri Yu Il on the team bus after the 1-4 loss in the women’s soccer final between Japan and North Korea at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, on June 6. The players had boarded the bus looking like grass is dead.온라인바카라
The topic of their conversation was “conceding a lot of goals”. Coach Lee had a lot to say to the defense, including the goalkeeper, and his words included the harsh North Korean insult “Jongganna bastard.”
On the header goal to Osawa from a corner kick in the 21st minute of the second half with the score tied at 1-1, Coach Ri pointed out complacent positioning, saying, “(Ri) should have come out.”
Kim Eun-hwi was frustrated that the goalkeeper was unable to stop Tanikawa’s mid-range shot from the top center of the box three minutes later in the 24th minute. “I didn’t do anything, even though I cared a lot. They say it was unavoidable, but what is unavoidable,” he said, as Lee stood back and listened.
“When I tell them they did well, they think they did really well. 4-1 is not good enough,” Li said.
Earlier in the day, Li told a press conference, “We played the final game today and there were a lot of very good things in terms of the way they played, the way they utilized their tactics. We created a lot of scoring chances and a lot of good combinations. The players’ performance was good.”
Lee was also disappointed with the defense and goalkeeping. “We had problems in defense and gatekeeping,” he said.
North Korea conceded one more goal to Chiba in the 27th minute of the second half to lose 1-3. Goalkeeper Kim Eun-hwi, who was subbed out in the 29th minute, sat on the bench with his head bowed deeply and his hands covering his eyes. The loss ended North Korea’s bid for a gold medal, its first in nine years since Incheon in 2014. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams were knocked out of the tournament by Japan. Captain Wee Jong Shim and others broke down in tears after the game.
“We will prepare for important matches in the future,” Ri said, signaling his intention to actively participate in international events such as Olympic qualifiers.