Jeonbuk secures 4th place in Final A with a 2-0 win
away to Seoul in the 33rd round and 3
Professional Soccer K-League 1 Jeonbuk Hyundai dramatically won against FC Seoul in the last regular round and secured Final A (teams ranked 1st to 6th in the league). On the other hand, Seoul was unable to overcome the ‘Jeonbuk Jinx’ and went down to Final B (7th to 12th ranked teams).
Jeonbuk won 2-0 in the K-League 1 2023 Round 33 away game against Seoul held at Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 8th, with Han Kyo-won’s opening goal in the 14th minute of the second half and Gustavo’s additional header in the 29th minute of the second half.
Jeonbuk, who earned 3 points, immediately moved up to 4th place in the league with a final score of 49, confirming Final A. Daegu FC (49 points), who recorded a 2-2 draw against Suwon FC on this day, fell to 5th place in scoring.
Seoul failed to score a point in the final round, giving up 6th place to Incheon United (48 points) and spending the remainder of the season in Final B for four consecutive years (2020-2023).
Seoul looked for a scoring opportunity when Na Sang-ho launched a counterattack. In the 13th minute of the first half, Na Sang-ho swallowed his disappointment when his left-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area after dribbling alone missed the goal. In the 17th minute of the first half, he dug into the space behind the defense and attempted a shot from the right side of the penalty area, but this time it was blocked by the goalkeeper.
Na Sang-ho rushed past the defender in extra time in the first half and then hit the net with his left foot from the front of the penalty area. Seoul seemed to take the lead, but the referee declared Na Sang-ho offside after communicating with the video assistant referee (VAR), and the score was invalidated.
Seoul pushed Jeonbuk at the start of the second half, but the goal did not open. The first goal came from Jeonbuk. In the 14th minute of the second half, during Jeonbuk’s counterattack, Han Kyo-won pushed in with her left foot in front of the goal to take the lead 1-0. Gustavo, who came on as a substitute in the 15th minute of the second half, headed Ahn Hyun-beom’s left side cross 14 minutes later, putting Jeonbuk on the path to advancing to Final A.
When asked by reporters, “Did you expect such a difficult situation to continue after taking office?” Jeonbuk coach Dan Petrescu said, “I expected that a difficult moment would come at some point,” adding, “However, during the league, five players were selected (to the Asian Games national team). I don’t think there is anything unfair about being selected. “I didn’t expect that part,” he said.
However, he said, “Fortunately, it is encouraging that we were able to win and play in the upper division,” and pledged, “We will win the remaining five games and end the season on a high note.”
Han Kyo-won, who scored the winning goal, said, “Regardless of the reason, it was a game where we needed 3 points, and I am happy that we were able to win. We have two weeks before we enter the top split, and I will use that time well to improve my performance.”
Acting manager Kim Jin-gyu of Seoul said, “A lot of fans came to visit, so I’m sorry,” and repeated the expression “I’m sorry to the fans” three times. Acting Manager Kim looked back and said, “I think we lost the battle of decision-making,” and then added, “I don’t think we should prepare like we are now. “Fans want to see us trying to win until the end, but I think that’s a bit lacking,” he said.
Meanwhile, at Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon Samsung, the lowest-ranked team, defeated second-place Pohang Steelers (58 points) 1-0 to escape its five-game losing streak. This is the first victory of Yeom Ki-hoon’s agency system. At Ulsan Munsu Stadium, leader Ulsan Hyundai (67 points) drew only 1 point with Incheon, but Pohang lost to Suwon, widening the point gap to 9. Pohang’s point gap with 3rd place Gwangju FC (54 points) narrowed to 4, making maintaining 2nd place a priority.카지노사이트