Gwangju FC, a team promoted to K-League 1 in professional soccer, defeated Ulsan Hyundai, the strongest team this season, and continued its undefeated streak of 9 consecutive games.
Gwangju defeated Ulsan 2-0 in the away game of the 29th round of Hana One Q K League 1 2023 held at Ulsan Munsu Stadium on the 3rd. It was the first victory over Ulsan in eight years since a 1-0 win in July 2015.
Gwangju, which achieved its 12th win (9 draws and 8 losses) this season, raised its season points to 45. The 12 wins are also a new record for the most wins in the first division since Gwangju was founded. In the following away game against Jeju United, Jeonbuk Hyundai ended in a 0-0 draw, and Gwangju secured third place.
On the other hand, Ulsan, which has been stagnant with only 1 win in the last 5 games, is stuck with 19 wins (4 draws and 7 losses) and has postponed its attempt to reach the 20-win mark until the next opportunity. The season’s points also stagnated at 61 points. The gap with second place Pohang (53 points) narrowed to 8 points.
Gwangju marked the beginning of the rebellion by scoring the first goal in the 17th minute of the first half. In a chaotic situation in front of the opponent’s goal, Lee Kun-hee rushed the ball and beat goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo, finishing with a left-footed shot, leading to a goal.
At the start of the second half, Ulsan added weight to the attack by replacing Lee Dong-kyung with Eom Won-sang, but the opportunity for an additional goal also went to Gwangju. In the 9th minute of the second half, when Lee Hee-gyun’s mid-range shot hit the defense, Beca connected with a surprise right-footed return shot, shaking Ulsan’s net again.메이저놀이터
Afterwards, Coach Hong tried to make up for the goal by bringing in Joo Min-gyu, Lee Chung-yong, Boyanic, and Kim Tae-hwan, but was unable to break through Gwangju’s defensive network, which maintained a solid defense system with midfielder Lee Sun-min at the center.
After the game, Gwangju coach Lee Jeong-hyo said, “I am proud of our players who show fighting spirit and bring out all their strength to score a goal,” and added, “The players are doing well, so all I have to do is do well. “I stayed up all night preparing (to defeat Ulsan),” he said.
Gwangju coach Lee Jeong-hyo raises his voice and delivers instructions to his players during the game against Ulsan. yunhap news
Lee Soon-min, who led Gwangju’s victory in the midfield, said with a bright smile, “The preconceived notions we had are breaking down as we go up one step at a time,” and “It makes me think that I can go higher and dream more.”
Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo said, “Recently, I cannot feel a sense of responsibility and cohesion in our team’s games. “Even if each individual’s ability is excellent, it will be difficult if we don’t work as a team,” he said, expressing his disappointment.
Meanwhile, the match between Jeju and Jeonbuk held at Jeju World Cup Stadium ended in a 0-0 draw with no goals scored. Jeonbuk, which only added one point, has the same number of points (43 points) as 4th place Seoul, but fell behind in scoring in 5th place. Home team Jeju was stuck in 9th place with 35 points. The gap with 8th place Daejeon (37 points) is 2 points.