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‘Defending champion’ Ulsan was defeated, and manager Ahn Ik-soo even received a red card. Seoul, which is not in a good mood, will face off against Jeju, which is aiming for a six-game winning streak. A fierce soccer battle unfolds for second place.
FC Seoul and Jeju United will play the 14th round of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ at 6:00 pm on the 20th at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Seoul is currently in 2nd place with 23 points, Jeju is tied with Seoul, but is closely following in 3rd place due to multiple points.
The fight for second place intensified. 1st place Ulsan Hyundai has 34 points, widening the gap with 2nd place to 11 points. Following that, the points are 23 points, and the same team is 3 teams, including Seoul, Jeju and Pohang. Among them, Seoul and Jeju, which maintain the same record with 7 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses, will meet.
This season, Seoul is ‘going well’. In the 2022 season, coach Ahn Ik-soo pursued the unique “Iksu-ball” soccer, but it was sluggish, staying in the lower ranks in 9th place. This year is different from last season. It showed enhanced attack power and flexible tactical changes, and steadily maintained its top spot. Seoul ranked second with 2 wins and 1 draw in the last 3 games until the 12th round.
Seoul, which had been going well, suffered a painful defeat to the ‘defending champion’ Ulsan, who kept first place. Following the last 3 rounds, Seoul, which had not won against Ulsan for 5 years since 2018, made a bold change to the starting list. However, early in the first half, Martin Adam conceded an early goal and had to be dragged along throughout. In the second half, key members Ki Sung-yong, Hwang Eui-jo, Na Sang-ho, and Park Soo-il were put in an all-out battle, but in the end, the jinx was not finished with a score of 2-3.
To make matters worse, the match against Jeju has to be played without a coach. Coach Ahn Ik-soo, who strongly protested against the referee’s decision against Ulsan, was sent off after accumulating yellow cards, and was unable to play in the next two games. From the standpoint of Seoul, it is a situation that is inevitable because it has continued a good trend.
On the other hand, the atmosphere of Jeju is piercing the sky. In the previous round, they defeated Suwon FC with a score of 5-0. In the second half alone, Jeju scored 4 goals and was selected as the best team in the 13th round of the K-League 1 thanks to the great victory. Kim Dong-jun, Ahn Hyun-beom, Kim Ju-gong, and Seo Jin-soo added vitality to the team by making the list in the Best Eleven.
The start of the season was not good, but it seems to have succeeded in rebounding. After the opening, Jeju hovered around the bottom of the table, recording 2 draws and 3 losses in 5 matches. Breaking a long streak, he won consecutively in Gangwon and Incheon. Starting with the match against Gwangju in the 9th round, Jeju, which escaped from the bottom with a 5-game winning streak, lost to Seoul on multiple points, but with the same score, it was ranked 3rd. If Jeju beat Seoul this weekend, it will be the club’s first six-game winning streak in the K-League 1.
The combined record of both teams is tight with 10 wins, 11 draws and 10 losses. However, in the last 10 matches, Jeju is clearly ahead of Seoul with 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. In the fourth round, where Seoul faced Jeju for the first time this year, they won in five years. Seoul has never beaten Jeju at home since August 4, 2018, and Jeju has recorded only 1 loss in away matches this season, showing a strong aspect in away matches.
Still, Seoul is showing off attacking soccer with a different look. Seoul scored more goals than Ulsan, which ranked first in the league. He has a goal in every game and has scored 27 points in 13 games for an average of 2.1 points per game. Seoul has a variety of offensive resources. Na Sang-ho, who scored 6 goals in 6 games and became April’s Player of the Month and Goal of the Month, is the sole top scorer with 8 goals. Including him, there are 12 Seoul players who have tasted goals, including Park Dong-jin, Im Sang-hyeop, Palosevic, and Hwang Eui-jo.
Thanks to Jeju Island’s five consecutive victories, they are strengthening their offensive power. The total number of points scored for the season is 4th with 20, but the number of runs scored is tied for 2nd with 12. He scored 13 goals in 5 matches and conceded only 1 run, showing a stable defense thanks to a stronger attack.
In particular, Seonggol Youth Seo Jin-soo, who scored multiple goals in the last game, stood out. After the match with Suwon FC, coach Ki-il Nam said, “I’m sorry for Jin-soo Seo, who couldn’t play in the previous game, so I let him play for 90 minutes. I’m well prepared and I have a lot of things, so if I add confidence, the future will be bright” and trusted the players, which is why Ahn Tae-hyun. , Kim Joo-gong, and Yuri Jonatan even scored goals to show that they were reciprocated.토스카지노
Seoul and Jeju must compete for second place. Since Pohang, which is chasing 4th place, will face Gangwon, who is sitting in 11th place, it is highly likely that Pohang will get 3 points if no major change occurs. If the match between Seoul and Jeju is decided as a draw, it may lose second place to Pohang, who are currently tied on points. The victory points in the 5th place Daejeon are also 21 points, and if they come up after beating Daegu, they can intercept the 2nd place depending on the overall result.