Jeonbuk and Pohang also won K League ACL still strong… All 4 teams won the first game ‘starting at the top of the group’
Jeonbuk Hyundai and Pohang Steelers also did it. The K-League continued its strong performance in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL).
Jeonbuk won 2-1 in the home game against ‘Hong Kong champion’ Kitchie FC in the first match of Group F of the 2023-2024 ACL group stage held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 20th. The veterans did their part. Center back Hong Jeong-ho and midfielder Han Kyo-won scored consecutive goals. In the 6th minute of the first half, Hong Jeong-ho hit the net with a powerful header from a free kick opportunity. In the 16th minute of the second half when the score was 1-1, Han Kyo-won scored the winning goal. In a chaotic situation where his teammates’ attacks were hitting the opponent’s defense, he finished the game with a calm shot.
On the same day, Pohang also defeated ‘Vietnam champion’ Hanoi FC 4-2 in the first match of the ACL Group J group stage. Foreign striker Jeka provided three assists, and Kim In-seong scored multiple goals to lead the team to victory.온라인카지노
Thanks to this, all four K-League teams won the first game of the ACL group stage. On the 19th, Incheon United, who appeared on the Asian stage for the first time in 20 years since its founding, defeated ‘J-League nemesis’ Yokohama F. Marinos 4-2. It was even more meaningful because it was a victory in enemy territory. The burden will be lessened in future ranking competitions.
In addition, K-League leader Ulsan Hyundai also defeated Pathum United (Thailand) 3-1 thanks to tall striker Martin Adam’s hat trick.
Among the ACL participating countries, the K-League is the only one to record all four wins in the first match of the group stage. As a result, all four K-League teams started the ACL at the top of the group stage. Jeonbuk is tied for first place in Group F with Bangkok United (Thailand), while Incheon (Group G), Ulsan (Group I), and Pohang (Group J) are leading each group.
Jeonbuk, a 9-time winner of the K-League 1 professional soccer league, will once again challenge for the top spot after winning the ACL in 2016. Jeonbuk was placed in Group F along with its opponents Kitchee, Bangkok, and Lion City (Singapore). It is evaluated as the easiest group among the four teams in the K League. It is unfortunate that they achieved a difficult home win against the ‘weakest’ Kitchie, but they can turn the situation around at any time because they avoided a difficult opponent.
In Incheon, which is playing for the first time, each ACL game is a new history. They gained even more confidence by beating ‘last season’s J-League champion’ Yokohama. It is expected to be a great help in the future against opponents from the same group, Shandong Taishan (China) and Kaya FC (Philippines).
Following the ACL victory in 2020, Ulsan advanced to the ACL semifinals in 2021. However, last year, they faced a shocking result of being eliminated in the group stage. He will seek to restore his honor in this ACL.
Pohang entered the ACL stage for the first time in two years. He has the experience of finishing second in the ACL in 2021. Under the leadership of ‘winner’ coach Kim Ki-dong, the entire team boasts strong organizational skills. Pohang is also in second place in K League 1.
The K-League has won a total of 12 championships since its first competition in 1967. It is the league that has produced the most winning teams among the leagues of AFC member countries. In particular, K-League teams have advanced to the ACL finals twice in the past three years, including Ulsan winning in 2020 and Pohang runner-up in 2021. In this ACL, K League teams consistently got off to a good start.
Regarding the victory of all four K-League teams, Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong said, “I told the players before the game. With the Taegeukgi at the top of the uniform and the emblem below it, and because we came to the ACL representing a Korean professional team, we could promote the status of Korean soccer. “It is an opportunity. I said I hope we can play with pride,” he said. “I feel good about the K-League showing a strong performance. As a K-League coach, I am happy and proud to be in this position.”