The contrast between Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai, the ‘family rivals’ representing the K-League 1 (division 1), is already clearly diverging. Ulsan boasted the appearance of a defending champion and took the lead early on, while Jeonbuk, who won the league runner-up and FA Cup title last year, fell to the bottom ranks without a win.
Ulsan, led by coach Hong Myung-bo, won Gangwon FC 1-0 in the second round away game of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ held at Songam Sports Town in Chuncheon on the 5th. It is the second consecutive win following a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Jeonbuk in the home opener (round 1). Ulsan, Pohang Steelers, and FC Seoul are the only teams that have won all the way to the second round.
However, coach Kim Sang-sik’s Jeonbuk is sluggish with 1 draw and 1 loss. After taking a 1-0 lead in the Ulsan expedition, they suffered a painful come-from-behind defeat, and on the 5th, in the 2nd round home game against Suwon Samsung, it ended in a 1-1 draw. 토토사이트
To be honest, the performance of both teams is not at a satisfactory level. After the game against Gangwon, which was narrowly won by Eom Won-sang’s winning goal in the 4th minute of the second half, Hong was very angry in the stadium’s locker room. He pointed out unstable air-defense balance and defensive insecurity. He was like that even before Jeonbuk. Throughout the first half, they were overwhelmed by the opponent’s onslaught, and were dragged away by conceding the opening goal in the 10th minute of kick-off.
Of course, Jeonbuk is much more serious. Even after scoring first in both games, they caught up every time. In particular, against Suwon Samsung, which has had an overwhelming advantage, it was pushed back unilaterally after Cho Kyu-seong’s penalty kick (PK) first goal. The content was not good enough to be fortunate that I did not suffer a come-from-behind defeat.