FC Seoul is struggling to break out of its heat wave lethargy. The team’s hopes of advancing to the Final A (1-6) for the first time in four years are in jeopardy as the slump continues.
Seoul lost 3-4 to Daejeon Hana Citizen in the 26th round of the Hana One Q K League 2023 at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on March 13. Trailing 1-2 in the 41st minute, Seoul conceded a goal to Daejeon’s Bae Joon-ho and a Han Seung-kyu equalizer two minutes later. They were awarded a penalty kick just before the end, which Ilyuchenko converted.
Seoul (39 points) had dreams of rebuilding their reputation at the start of the season when they formed a ‘top two’ with leaders Ulsan Hyundai (57 points), but things have not been going well lately. After struggling in the summer, Seoul is currently in fourth place, behind the Pohang Steelers (46 points) and Jeonbuk Hyundai (41 points).
Since June, the momentum has slowed. They only added one win each in June and July. In June, they drew 2-1 against Suwon Samsung Electronics (1-0 win on the 24th), and in July, they drew 2-2 against Suwon FC (7-2 win on the 12th). The last four games (2 draws, 2 losses) have also been scoreless.
In particular, the draw against Pohang on April 4 is a bitter memory. After leading 2-1, Pohang’s Ha Chang-rae scored the equalizer in stoppage time and failed to add to their tally. All three of their draws this season, especially against top contenders Pohang, have not resulted in a point. “We conceded a lot of games like this last year and this year,” said coach Ahn Ik-soo, “and if we want to fight for a higher position than we are now, we need to improve these things first,” but the rebound is far from complete.
Against Daejeon, they conceded two last-minute goals. Fourth place is now in jeopardy. They have the same number of points as fifth-place Gwangju FC (38), but have a superior goal difference (46-33). They are challenged by 6th place Daejeon, 7th place Incheon United (36+ points), 8th place Jeju United, and 9th place Daegu FC (34+ points).온라인카지노
K League 1 has seven games left until Round 32, when the Final Four will be decided. After finishing the 2019 season outside of the Final A and fighting a relegation battle, Seoul is desperate to turn things around and secure a “sixth place” finish. However, the upcoming schedule is also daunting. Seoul will face Daegu on the 19th, a team that can’t afford to give up on their top six hopes, and Ulsan on the 27th.