Jeonbuk Hyundai is coming alive. They’ve won their first back-to-back games of the season.
Jeonbuk won a thrilling 1-0 victory at home against Daegu FC in the 17th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on July 7, thanks to Song Min-kyu’s fantastic ‘winding kick’. The victory was significant. Jeonbuk won back-to-back games for the first time this season and moved up from eighth to seventh place.
Defeating league leader Ulsan in the previous round was a major turning point. Jeonbuk used a 4-3-3 formation to continue their winning streak. Acting head coach Kim Doo-hyun sent both foreign strikers Gustavo and Hapa Silva up front to form an attacking lineup of Song Min-gyu, Gustavo, and Hapa Silva. Oh Jae-hyuk, Park Jin-seop, and Ryu Jae-moon were the midfielders, while the back four consisted of Kim Jin-soo, Jeong Tae-wook, and Gu Ja-ryong. In goal was Kim Jung-hoon. Daegu countered with a 3-4-3 formation. Sejingya, who Choi calls “50 percent of the team’s strength,” started for the fourth consecutive game.
The first half passed at Daegu’s pace. Their solid defense kept Jeonbuk’s offense at bay. Jeonbuk was disappointed when Hapa Silva hit the goalpost with a right-footed shot in the 25th minute. Jeonbuk’s offense was unable to break through Daegu’s defense. The first half ended 0-0.
At the start of the second half, Jeonbuk took off Gustavo and Oh Jae-hyuk and introduced Cho Kyu-sung and Amano Jun to sharpen up the front line. Their addition to the offense gave Jeonbuk some breathing room. Eventually, in the 12th minute of the second half, Song Min-kyu scored a wind-up goal. Hapa Silva won a contest at the front of the penalty box and passed to Song Min-gyu, who was positioned inside the left box. Song Min-kyu then unleashed a right-footed curling kick into the corner of the opposite goal. It was a beautiful trajectory. Jeonbuk continued to push for more goals, even bringing on Moon Sun-min, but Daegu’s defense was thick. Daegu also had several shots on goal from Sejingya and Vasellus, but goalkeeper Kim Jung-hoon made a series of saves to preserve the one-goal victory.
Daejeon Hana Citizens escaped a four-match winless streak. Daejeon won 2-1 against Gangwon FC at Chuncheon Songam Stadium thanks to a 14th-minute goal from Joo Se-jong in the second half. After four games without a win, with one draw and three losses, Daejeon added three valuable points in five games. They jumped to fifth place. Gangwon extended their winless streak to seven games. They are in a terrible slump with 2 draws and 5 losses.
Daejeon scored the first goal. In the 26th minute, Leandro drove down the left side and sent in a low, quick cross. Thiago, who was rushing in front of the goal, lightly slid it in. Back-to-back goals in two games. Three minutes into the second half, Gangwon equalized. Gangwon, which strengthened its attack by adding Park Sang-hyuk, Yang Hyun-joon, and Jeong Seung-yong, tied the game when Kim In-gyun’s clearing mistake was pushed in by Park Sang-hyuk.
It was ‘Captain’ Joo Se-jong who saved Daejeon’s offense. Joo split the Gangwon goal in the 14th minute of the second half with a header from Leandro’s cross. Joo had had one of his worst games in the previous match against Incheon United. He conceded a penalty in the opening minutes and made a silly mistake that led to a second goal. In the end, Joo had to be sent off midway through the match. It took Joo Se-jong only one game to atone. Afterward, Gangwon pushed forward, but Daejeon was able to protect their lead and hold on for the win.
Gwangju FC extended their winning streak to three games. Gwangju came from behind to win 2-1 against Suwon Samsung at the Gwangju Football Stadium, thanks to a brace from Thomas. Gwangju (24 points) have now won three in a row and are knocking on the door of the Final Group A. Last-place Suwon (8 points), on the other hand, couldn’t hold on in the final five minutes and fell to their fourth straight loss.
Gwangju made a half-rotation, changing five field players from the previous round. Suwon only made minor changes in the midfield. Suwon got off to a good start, taking the lead in the 40th minute with their first shot on goal. Lee Sang-min sent the ball down the left side, and Ahn Byung-joon made an exquisite sliding shot to score his fourth goal of the season. In the second half, Gwangju’s comeback was on full display. Thomas was the protagonist. He became a hero in the 23rd minute with a right-footed curling shot in stoppage time.토토사이트
The second Gyeongin derby of the season was a draw. Incheon United and FC Seoul battled to a 1-1 draw at the Incheon Football Stadium. Incheon remained unbeaten in five matches (W1 D4 L1), while Seoul snapped a three-game losing streak. Incheon opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Kim Bo-seob headed home a cross from Gerso. It was an early goal. Seoul equalized in the seventh minute of the second half when Hwang Eui-jo converted a pass from Ki Sung-yueng with an unstoppable shot.