World No. 27 Korea loses 0-3 to No. 51 Pakistan in quarterfinal matchup
A medal streak of 14 consecutive tournaments was halted, the first in 61 years.
The South Korean men’s volleyball team’s campaign at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games ended in disaster before it even began.
Head coach Lim Do-heon’s men’s volleyball team fell to Pakistan 0-3 (19-25 22-25 21-25) in straight sets in their men’s volleyball quarterfinal match at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Sports Center Gymnasium in Textile City, 토토사이트 China on Wednesday.
The Koreans, who were looking for their first gold medal in 17 years since the 2006 Doha Games, had to drink the bitter cup of elimination before the tournament had even begun. The opening ceremony of the tournament will be held the following day on Nov. 23.
Korea’s men’s volleyball team has finished on the podium in 14 consecutive tournaments from Bangkok 1966 to Jakarta-Palembang 2018. This time around, the team is aiming for a gold medal after 17 years since the 2006 Doha Games.
However, they fell short of their lofty dreams.
South Korea, ranked 27th in the world, fell to their knees without winning a single set against 51st-ranked Pakistan and suffered their first gold medal humiliation in 61 years. It was the first time South Korea’s men’s volleyball team has lost to Pakistan in an international tournament with professional players.
It was a shaky start.
They were shocked to lose their Group C opener against India in straight sets on Sept. 20. The 73rd-ranked Indians, whom South Korea considered an underdog, 스포츠토토 stung their pride.
After a disappointing performance, Korea bounced back with a shutout win over Cambodia the next day. Cambodia is an unranked “amateur” team.
They went 1-1 in the group stage and finished second in Group C to reach the round of 12, but went on to win no more matches.
Facing Pakistan, a team they defeated 3-1 in straight sets at the Asian Championships last month, Korea struggled from the first set.
Pakistan’s long hitters Murad Khan and Usman Farooq Ali, who tormented Korea a month ago, were on fire again.
In the first set alone, the Koreans gave up nine points to Faryad Ali and five to Khan, and were unable to turn the tide. At 19-23, Lim Dong-hyuk and Han committed back-to-back errors to lose the first set.
Korea fell behind early in the second set. After falling behind 11-14, they managed to tie the score at 14-14 and kept the score even after Pakistan’s run.
However, it was not easy to overturn the lead. They pulled within 21-22 on an opponent error, but Na Kyung-bok’s attack was blocked at the net and Korea dropped another point, then failed to stop Khan’s attack at 22-24 and lost the second set.
Pushed to the brink, Korea failed to change the momentum in the third set.
At 5-6, Kim Gyu-min’s block and an opponent’s error put them back in front, but back-to-back errors soon followed. Before long, the score was 12-17. The Koreans were unable to fight back and were swept. 스포츠토토맨