Koo Ja-Cheol’s (34, Jeju United) ‘107-day comeback’ card didn’t work.
Jeju drew 0-0 with Jeonbuk in the 29th round of the Hana One Q K League 2023 at Jeju World Cup Stadium on Wednesday.
The result leaves Jeju in ninth place with nine wins, eight draws and 12 losses, and 35 points. Jeju, who had lost two straight games prior to the match, were hoping to turn things around with a win, but had to settle for a point.바카라사이트
Jeju sent Ahn Tae-hyun, Kim Dae-hwan, Yuri Jonatan, Kwon Sun-ho, Kim Bong-soo, Kim Joo-gong, Kim Oh-kyu, Lim Chae-min, Song Ju-hoon, Lee Ju-yong, and Kim Dong-joon (goalkeeper) to the field first.
Koo Ja-cheol, who is considered a “Jeju legend,” was placed on the waiting list after 107 days. After playing the full match against Seoul on May 20, he was sidelined for a while with a calf injury. It was more than three months.
Koo came on for Kim Joo-gong in the 15th minute of the second half and played until the end. With the game stuck at 0-0, coach Nam Ki-Il wanted to bring in the experienced Koo to give the team a foothold in the game, but the change was not as expected. Koo was back after a long absence, so his touch wasn’t perfect.
Jeju had to accept a disappointing 0-0 result at home.
Jeju started well. In the 13th minute, Jeju opened the attack. Lee Ju-yong fired a curling shot from the left corner of the box. The ball sailed over the goal by a fistful of inches. Jeju’s three-way passing was impressive, momentarily breaking down Jeonbuk’s left flank before Lee took the shot.
In the 18th minute, Jeju capitalized on a mistake by Jeonbuk in the midfield. Jeju’s Hayes, who was on the left flank, received a pass and pretended to head into the box before firing a shot from just outside the corner of the box. It was headed straight at the keeper.
In the 25th minute, Jeju’s Ahn Tae-hyun created a chance of his own. Jeonbuk’s clearing was poor, and Ahn quickly collected the ball. Despite losing his center of gravity, he managed to sneak in a shot from near the arc. But there was too much force. The ball floated upward.
Jeju struggled in the second half after defending well against Jeonbuk’s offense, but the crucial goal eluded them. In the 11th minute of the second half, Hayes, who was in front of the arc, controlled the ball from behind once and then fired a bullet shot with the instep of her foot. It was a threat, but the ball didn’t find the back of the net.
In the 16th minute of the second half, Jeju pulled out the ‘Koo Ja-cheol substitution card’ and tried to find more offense, but it was not enough to secure a ‘home win’.
Before the game, head coach Nam Ki-il said, “I think it was a negative for the team that Koo Ja-cheol kept missing the game. I think we were shaken by his absence, but he has influence in the locker room, so he will be a great strength for the team.” However, Koo’s inclusion didn’t make a dramatic difference.