Transfer students are in full swing K-League Jeonbuk wins against ‘Park Tae-ha’ Pohang in ACL round of 16

Hernández debut goal ‘Rival’ Kim Tae-hwan, who came over from Ulsan, is an assist Jeonbuk wins 2-0, chances of advancing to the quarterfinals increase. Pohang coach Park Tae-ha had a disappointing debut.

Jeonbuk Hyundai Hernández, sweet goal

The first leg of the round of 16 of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do on the afternoon of the 14th. Jeonbuk Hernández (far left) is happy after scoring a goal in the game between Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Pohang Steelers.

Jeonbuk Hyundai, a professional soccer K-League 1 team seeking to ‘restore its honor’ in the new season, won first against Pohang Steelers, increasing its chances of advancing to the quarterfinals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL). 파워볼사이트

Jeonbuk defeated Pohang 2-0 in the first leg of the 2023-2024 season ACL round of 16 held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonbuk, their home, on the 14th.

If Jeonbuk maintains the total score lead in the second game held at Pohang Steel Yard on the 20th, Jeonbuk will advance to the quarterfinals. Jeonbuk advanced to the semifinals in the previous tournament, but was blocked by the champion Urawa Reds (Japan) and turned away.

This match is the first official match of 2024 not only between the two teams, but also Korean professional soccer.

Jeonbuk, which spent its first off-season under coach Dan Petrescu, is off to a good start ahead of the 2024 K-League 1 season, which opens in March.

They succeeded in exacting revenge against Pohang, who had hurt them in every match with 1 draw and 4 losses last season.

Pohang and Jeonbuk also faced each other in the FA Cup final in December last year, and Pohang won 4-2.

Jeonbuk, which finished fourth in the league last season despite being considered a contender for the championship, attempted to rebound by recruiting proven foreign resources who performed well in K-League 1, such as Thiago and Hernández, through the winter transfer market.

Thiago and Hernández, who changed their uniforms after playing for Daejeon Hana Citizen and Incheon United, respectively, appeared as starting strikers and harassed Pohang’s backline.

The first player to open the goal was also transfer student Hernández. In the 16th minute of the first half, after a competition between Lee Dong-jun and Eo Jeong-won in the penalty box, the ball fell in front of him, and Hernández hit the net with a bold right-footed shot.

In the 23rd minute of the first half, Thiago scored a penalty kick during a surprise intrusion into the back space, and appeared to join the parade of debut goals by stepping in as the kicker himself.

Ahn Hyun-beom throwing his weight around

However, as a result of the video review (VAR), the penalty kick decision was canceled, so I swallowed my disappointment.

Jeonbuk coach Petrescu, who led 1-0 in the first half, brought in Hernández at the start of the second half and brought in national team defender Kim Tae-hwan. Kim Tae-hwan, who contributed to the victory of rival club Ulsan HD last season, moved to Jeonbuk last month.

Pohang, which was in dire need of scoring, attempted to turn things around by replacing defender Eo Jeong-won and inserting striker Hong Yun-sang.

However, it was Jeonbuk, not Pohang, that was hit by the replacement card.

In the 19th minute of the second half, during a counterattack, Kim Tae-hwan, who ran down the right side, crossed toward the goal. The ball landed squarely on the head of Ahn Hyun-beom, who rushed to the goal, making it 2-0.

Kim Tae-hwan, who created an offensive point from the first game, approached the Jeonbuk home fans, who were rivals until last season, and celebrated by bowing his head.

Pohang legend coach Park Tae-ha, who was appointed as the successor after coach Kim Ki-dong left for FC Seoul, had a disappointing debut.

This game was also the ‘return’ for Coach Park, who left professional soccer after the 2018 season as head coach of Yanbian in China’s second division.

Pohang, where many of the key players who led the team to last season’s league runner-up and FA Cup championship, including Zeka (Shandong) and Ko Young-jun (Partizan), left the team, were unable to regain the initiative against Jeonbuk, which had steadily strengthened its strength.

According to AFC, Pohang’s ball possession rate on this day was less than 40%. They were slightly ahead in the number of shots fired, 16-14, but unlike Jeonbuk, they were unable to create threatening scenes. 슬롯

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