“For a team that plays soccer like that…” The provocation of the promoted team, the dynamics seen through the second round
The intensity was strong for the ‘provocation’ of the 1st Division promotion team. Gwangju FC, which won the K-League 2 last year, lost 0-2 to FC Seoul on the 5th, unable to overcome its numerical inferiority with 10 players. However, Gwangju dominated the game until Um Ji-sung was sent off with two warnings.
Gwangju coach Lee Jung-hyo added, “I hope there is no misunderstanding,” but then fired a ‘direct hit’ towards Seoul, saying, “It’s frustrating that we lost to a team that plays soccer like that.” Players who pride themselves on being the only club in the ‘capital’ Seoul did not hide their discomfort. Lim Sang-hyeop, Hwang Eui-jo, etc. refuted with articles such as ‘Pros speak with results’ and ‘This is football’.
This is the current address of K-League 1 in March 2023, just opened. Director Lee’s words are deeply rooted in ‘Gwangju’s confidence’. Another promoted team, Daejeon Hana Citizen, is also breaking expectations. The two teams jointly won the first promoted team win in the opening match. In the second round, Daejeon relentlessly pursued the ‘absolute second round’ Ulsan and Jeonbuk, and the dark horse Incheon United, who would threaten ‘Hyundai,’ and ended in a 3-3 draw.
It’s the beginning of the season, so it’s a bit far from the ‘depth’ of the power. There is also a long way to go. However, K League 1, which was revealed through the second round, has a strong atmosphere of ‘levelling’. In the first round, joy and sorrow were mixed in 5 out of 6 games, while in the 2nd round, half of the 3 games were drawn, predicting a more intense tomorrow.
Ulsan and Jeonbuk, who are expected to compete for the championship this season, are reviving the atmosphere from the beginning of last season. Ulsan, who took the K-League 1 throne for the first time in 17 years, is continuing its upward trend with two consecutive wins. On the other hand, Jeonbuk fell into the swamp of ‘slow start’ once again. They failed to report their first win with 1 draw and 1 loss in 2 matches. Jeonbuk coach Kim Sang-sik promised to get three points in the next game against Gwangju, but Gwangju is a formidable opponent. 스포츠토토
The Pohang Steelers, which Shin Jin-ho left, expected a difficult journey, but they are excited with two consecutive wins, and Seoul also dominated two games despite the ‘curse of Gwangju’. Following Ulsan, Seoul, and Pohang with 6 points, Daejeon (4 points, 1 win, 1 draw) and Gwangju (3 points, 1 win, 1 loss) are located right below.
And 7 teams are still without a win. Jeju United, which is evaluated as the ‘Big 6’, has 2 draws, and Jeonbuk, Incheon, Daegu FC, Suwon Samsung, and Suwon FC have 1 point (1 draw and 1 loss). Gangwon FC, which caused a sensation in Final A last year, was the only one to accept the report card of the two matches. However, in the face of Gangwon-do’s formidable enemy Ulsan (0-1 loss), he showed his potential and foreshadowed a rebound. Even Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo said, “I expected it to be a difficult game, and it actually was. It’s still early in the season, so I’m satisfied with the 3 points.”