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Pohang, which had been running undefeated in 9 matches since the opening of the league, has fallen into a slump with a win in the last 3 matches. However, Kim Ki-dong’s Pohang was still strong and calmed the promotion team’s blast.
Pohang Steelers won a thrilling 3-2 victory over Daejeon Hana Citizen in the 13th round of the ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’ held at Pohang Steel Yard at 2:00 pm on the 13th. Pohang, who won that day, escaped from a draw in 3 games (1 draw, 2 losses) and scored 23 points, rising to 3rd place in the league.
Pohang, which ran undefeated in 9 games after the opening, fell into sluggishness in the last 3 games. Pohang met Incheon, Jeju, and Daegu in succession and suffered a slump with 1 draw and 2 losses, leaving only 2 goals in 3 games. In response, coach Kim Ki-dong prepared for the match against Daejeon held in the homeroom with great care, and put in Go Yeong-jun of ‘Seonggol Youth’, Jeka, Kim In-seong, and Baek Seong-dong to attack.
Both teams tried to shoot several times, and fierce battles continued, but it was not easy to open each other’s goal. Ju Se-jong in Daejeon and Baek Seong-dong in Pohang hit a sharp mid-range shot, but the goal was canceled, and the first half ended without a goal.
Head coach Kim Ki-dong, who needed an opening goal at home, substituted Kim In-seong and put in Kim Seung-dae at the start of the second half. This win worked. In the 7th minute of the second half, Baek Seong-dong, assisted by Kim Seung-dae, shook the net with a fantastic kick. Daejeon immediately counterattacked. In the 9th minute of the second half, in a free kick situation, Lee Jin-hyun lifted the ball, and Jo Yu-min finished it with a high RBI header.
In a tense 1-1 situation, both teams used replacement cards. Daejeon put Thiago and Jeon Byeong-gwan in the 16th minute and Lim Deok-geun in the 17th minute to strengthen their offense and midfield, while Pohang scored an additional goal with Lee Ho-jae in the 20th minute. The two teams that made a difference exchanged one goal each. In the 21st minute of the second half for Pohang, Go Young-jun’s corner kick was finished by Grant with a header, and for Daejeon, in the 31st minute of the second half, Jeon Byeong-gwan scored with a fantastic mid-range shot.
The main character of the match was Go Yeong-jun, ‘Pohang’s Sacred Bone Youth’. Lee Ho-jae, who received Grant’s forward pass during extra time in the second half, returned it with a one-touch, and Ko Young-jun received it and quickly penetrated and wound it while looking at the other side. The ball was sucked into the corner of the goal. In the end, the winner was Pohang. 스포츠토토
Pohang succeeded in reversing. After the opening, Pohang, which had been undefeated in 9 matches and recently caught up in Incheon and Jeju, reversed the atmosphere by overpowering the ‘recalcitrant’ Daejeon in the home room. In particular, Pohang got the chance to win with coach Kim Ki-dong’s mercenary skills in the second half, and Koh Young-jun, whom Pohang expected, finished the game.
After the game, coach Kim Ki-dong said, “To be honest, the atmosphere was bound to turn upside down, but we still scored an extra goal and won. It was fortunate that it did not collapse. Above all, the content of the game was good, and we led the game the way we wanted,” he said with a broad smile.
Kim Ki-dong’s Pohang was still strong. Although he seemed to be drifting away from a top-flight fight as he went winless in his last three matches, he took another leap by calming the winds of the match.