Ulsan Hyundai defeated Gangwon FC and took the lead in the K-League 1. The undefeated march against Gangwon, which started in 2012, has been extended to 25 matches (21 wins, 4 draws) for the 11th year.
Ulsan, led by coach Hong Myung-bo, won the Hanawon Q K-League 1 2023 round 12 home game against Gangwon at 7:00 pm on the 9th at Ulsan Munsu Soccer Stadium with Joo Min-gyu’s penalty kick winning goal, 1-0.
Ulsan, who had won 4 consecutive victories with the victory on this day, recorded 31 points (10 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss) and ran to the top of the league alone. The gap between 2nd place FC Seoul and 3rd place Pohang Steelers, who are currently playing, widened to 11 points.
In addition, the relationship with the natural enemy of Gangwon, which started with a 2-1 victory in July 2012, has also increased. Gangwon has continued its super strong performance against Gangwon for 11 years with a whopping 21 wins and 4 draws, the last being a 1-2 defeat to Gangwon in May of that year.
Gangwon, which successfully reversed the atmosphere by beating FC Seoul and Jeonbuk Hyundai last month, fell into a losing streak again recently after losing to Suwon FC and Ulsan one after another. With 10 points (2 wins, 4 draws, 6 losses), they were in 11th place in the relegation zone.
Ulsan launched a 4-2-3-1 formation with Rubikson, Hwang Jae-hwan, and Eom Won-sang in the second line, led by Joo Min-gyu. Lee Gyu-seong and Park Yong-woo worked together in midfield, and Lee Myung-jae, Kim Young-kwon, Kim Ki-hee and Kim Tae-hwan stood on the defensive line. The goalkeeper is Cho Hyeon-woo.
Kangwon faced off in a 3-4-3 formation with Park Sang-hyeok at the forefront and Yang Hyeon-joon and Hwang Moon-ki on the left and right flanks. Jung Seung-yong, Seo Min-woo, Hankook-young, and Lim Chang-woo formed the midfield, with Yoon Seok-young, Kim Young-bin, and Lee Woong-hee in the defensive line, and Yoo Sang-hoon in the goal.
In the first half, Ulsan led the game with over 70% possession. However, it was blocked by the strong defense of Gangwon, and it was difficult to create a chance. Gangwon also tried to strike a blow based on a counterattack, but it was not possible.
At the end of the first half, Ulsan aimed for the Gangwon goal with a series of shots from Park Yong-woo’s Rubik’s hand, but all the shots missed the goal slightly and swallowed regret.
Unable to take advantage of the opportunity, Ulsan broke the balance only in the 6th minute of the second half. Kim Tae-hwan’s cross, which was digging into the right flank, hit Yoon Seok-young’s arm, and a handball foul and penalty kick were declared through VAR. Joo Min-gyu, who started as the kicker, shook the net with a strong kick through the middle. League 6 goal.스포츠토토
Gangwon, driven into a corner, focused on the attack by putting in Kim Dae-won in the 10th minute of the second half. Kim Dae-won slightly changed the direction of the cross from the right side and tried to shoot, but it went off the goal and hit the ground. Ulsan also aimed for an additional goal with a counterattack led by Um Won-sang.
In the 28th minute of the second half, coach Hong Myung-bo put in Martin Adam and Cho Hyeon-taek to make a change. Martin Adam traded exquisite 2-1 passes with Bacco inside the penalty box. Bako’s shot, however, went slightly off the goalpost and failed to widen the score.
Ulsan and Gangwon fought fierce battles for the key goal and equalizer, respectively. However, neither team seldom came to fruition. Bakko’s left-footed shot from the front in the penalty box during extra time was blocked by goalkeeper Yoo Sang-hoon. Gangwon also failed to create a tie-up opportunity. Ultimately, the match ended with Ulsan winning 1-0.