Players who played on the national soccer team, including Seol Young-woo, Eom Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai) and Lee Soon-min (Gwangju FC), will return to the K League 1 final round. The first match of the final round that attracts the most attention is the match between ‘defending champion’ Ulsan and ‘promoted team sensation’ Gwangju.
The two teams will play the first match of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 34th round and Final A at Gwangju Soccer Stadium on the 21st.
Ulsan, which is aiming for its first two-game losing streak in the club’s history, is in first place (67 points) and is actually a strong candidate for the championship. This is because they occupy an advantageous position, 9 points ahead of the Pohang Steelers, who are in second place (58 points). Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo also expressed his determination to win the trophy for the second consecutive time, saying, “My goal is to have a star in my heart.”
Ulsan has shown slow performance recently. The games against Pohang on the 30th of last month and Incheon United on the 8th were both tied 0-0. Their offense dropped somewhat as they went scoreless in two consecutive games, but at the same time, they attempted to stabilize their defense by allowing no runs.안전놀이터
Now, we will play as a full team with players who have returned from the national team. Eom Won-sang and Seol Young-woo, who won gold medals at the Hangzhou Asian Games, made a golden return. The two achieved the feat of winning Korean soccer’s third consecutive Asian Games gold medal. In particular, Seol Young-woo was called to the National Team A along with his team’s seniors, defenders Kim Young-kwon, Kim Tae-hwan, and Jeong Seung-hyun, as well as goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo, and helped them achieve consecutive wins in two consecutive A matches (Tunisia, Vietnam).
Ulsan is determined to gather the best members and decorate the Gwangju match with victory. Ulsan is strong against Gwangju with a total record of 16 wins, 6 draws, and 2 losses out of 24 games. They have 2 wins and 1 loss in 3 meetings this season. However, they lost 0-2 in the home game against Gwangju on the 3rd of last month, and they are determined to avenge themselves through this game.
3rd place (54 points) Gwangju’s momentum is also strong. It is a home game and they are on a winning streak with 7 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in the last 10 games. In addition, Gwangju is continuing its upward trend this season, having the most wins in the club’s history in K-League 1 and winning against all K-League 1 clubs. Gwangju is determined to continue this momentum and win their first game against Ulsan.
Gwangju coach Lee Jeong-hyo said, “More than anything, the first game of the final round is important,” and added, “I think the ranking will change depending on how the first game is played.” He then expressed his ambition, saying, “I will give my all to the game against Ulsan.”
Coach Lee emphasized, “No matter who we’re up against, we’ll be confident and try to push harder. We’re currently in 3rd place, so of course we’ll catch up (to the top teams),” and added, “I won’t worry about other teams and will only play for the team’s victory.”
Gwangju is expected to put more emphasis on its midfield. Ho-yeon Jeong, who played for the Asian Games national team, and Sun-min Lee, who was surprisingly selected by coach Jurgen Klinsmann and called up to the national team A in September and October, will return. Ho-yeon Jeong helped the team win three consecutive Asian Games, and Sun-min Lee, who was selected for the national team for the first time in his life, made his A match debut against Wales in September in Europe. Coach Lee said, “The national team experience is an opportunity for both players to grow infinitely. It will be a tremendous help to Gwangju.”