Ulsan, 3-1 win over Jeju,
5 wins, no losses, leading solo system
Jeonbuk, 1-2 come-from-behind defeat to Pohang
Fans demand the resignation of the manager and
general manager K-League 1 rivals Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai are sharply divided. Ulsan, the ‘defending champion’, has built a solo system by sweeping all game victories in the new season. On the other hand, last season’s runner-up Jeonbuk, who shouted ‘Down with Ulsan’, is in the lower ranks and is crying.토토사이트
Ulsan won 3-1 against Jeju United in the 2023 K League 1 round 5 away match held at Jeju World Cup Stadium on the 2nd. Ulsan took the lead with Jeong Seung-hyeon’s goal in the 6th minute of the first half, followed by Joo Min-gyu in the 17th minute and Kang Yun-gu in the 28th minute, leading the game leisurely. Jeju Yuri Jonatan scored a comeback goal just before the end of the first half, but was unable to turn the game around. Ulsan, who recorded 5 wins and 0 losses, widened the gap with Daejeon in 2nd place with 15 points and consolidated the first place ahead.
Ulsan’s momentum pierces the sky, but ‘Hyundai is the rival’ Jeonbuk has a mourning atmosphere. Jeonbuk, which had won the K-League 1 for five consecutive years since 2017, suffered a 1-2 come-from-behind defeat against the Pohang Steelers held the day before. Pohang continued its undefeated streak (3 wins, 2 draws, 11 points) and jumped to 3rd place, but Jeonbuk fell into the bottom ranks with 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses (4 points), falling into two consecutive losses. Jeonbuk’s proprietary patent ‘Dakgong’ has disappeared. Jeonbuk has only scored 5 goals in 5 matches this season.
The anger of Jeonbuk fans reached its peak at the lower-than-expected appearance. In the game against Pohang, fans raised banners criticizing coach Kim Sang-sik and CEO Heo Byeong-gil and shouted for their resignation. Coach Kim also blamed himself, saying, “Being 3 losses in 5 games is an unacceptable result for Jeonbuk,” but it was not enough to appease the angry fans. Fans blocked the team’s bus for three hours after the game, and they were able to leave only after coach Kim apologized to the fans, saying, “I will not avoid it if I have to take responsibility.”
While the championship candidate Jeonbuk stumbled, Daejeon, which returned to the K-League 1 after 8 years, is on a winning streak with its powerful offense. Daejeon won 3-2 in a home game against FC Seoul held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on the 1st thanks to Martha’s winning goal, saying ‘Let’s risk our lives’. Daejeon took 2nd place with 3 wins, 2 draws and 11 points. Daejeon is the same as Pohang over Jeonbuk with 11 points, but along with Ulsan, it has scored the most goals in the league with 11 goals, and is in second place alone ahead of Pohang (8 goals) in multiple points.