Ulsan Hyundai, the professional football K League 1 ‘defending champion’, won a head-to-head match against 2nd place FC Seoul and established a solo system.
Jeju, which fell to the bottom at the beginning of the season, succeeded in winning five in a row and raised the ranking to third place. Jeonbuk Hyundai and Incheon United, who have been sluggish this season, drew without scoring in their head-to-head match.
Ulsan won 3-2 with Martin Adam’s opening goal and Bakko’s multi-goal in the 16th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 held at Ulsan Munsu Soccer Stadium on the 14th.
Ulsan, which recorded 5 consecutive victories, became 11 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss (34 points), widening the gap with second place Seoul (7 wins, 2 draws, 4 losses, 23 points, 27 goals) to 11 points, solidifying its solo system.
In addition, Ulsan has been undefeated (13 wins, 4 draws) in the last 17 consecutive games against Seoul.
In a match with 6 points between the 1st and 2nd placed teams competing for the championship, both teams took the main players of the offense out of the starting lineup with the number of wins in the second half.
Ulsan replaced Joo Min-gyu (6 goals), the team’s top scorer, Um Won-sang and Rubikson, side strikers, and Lee Cheong-yong, who coordinates the game. Seoul also excluded Na Sang-ho (8 goals), Hwang Eui-jo, and Ki Sung-yong, the league’s top scorer, from the selection.
Both teams fought fiercely in the midfield despite missing some of their key players, but Ulsan took the lead. He scored the opening goal without missing a momentary gap in Seoul’s defense.
In the 14th minute of the first half, Ulsan left-sided defender Lee Myung-je advanced quickly and sent a low and quick cross in front of the goal, which Martin Adam rushed in and lightly pushed it with his left foot. 안전놀이터
Afterwards, Seoul hit the Ulsan goal with Palosevic’s direct free kick and Lee Tae-seok’s half-volley mid-range shot, but they were blocked by Cho Hyun-woo’s successive saves, leaving regret.
With the start of the second half, Seoul made a major change by replacing four players at once: Na Sang-ho, Hwang Eui-jo, Ki Sung-yong, and Park Soo-il.
Seoul’s replacement was effective in one minute. Blocking the ball in the Ulsan camp, Seoul quickly turned to the attack, and Willian hit a powerful shot. Cho Hyun-woo blocked it, but Kim Shin-jin shot again and shook the Ulsan net.
However, Seoul’s joy did not last long. Ulsan scored another goal two minutes after conceding. Baco trapped a pass connected by Lee Gyu-seong from the right flank and scored with a half-volley shot.