Daejeon, who shouted ‘attack forward’ against leader Ulsan, stopped 7 consecutive wins and finished in 3rd place
On the 16th, ahead of the 7th round of the K-League in the 2022-2023 season held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Daejeon Hana Citizen coach Lee Min-seong (50) declared, “I will not go down and go aggressively” when asked about the strategy against leader Ulsan Hyundai, who had won 6 consecutive wins. .
The great defender of yesteryear, who sunk Japan with mid-range shooting during the 1997 ‘Tokyo Battle’, laughed and said, “I’m a style that prioritizes the balance of offense and defense rather than aggressive football.” ‘ is right for this team. I won’t be intimidated and back down just because it’s called Ulsan,” he said.안전놀이터
Normally, a weaker team would play defensively against a strong team, but Daejeon, as manager Lee Min-seong declared, continued to attack. It’s been a long time since I forgot the memory of Suwon FC leading 3-1 on the 9th and losing 3-5.
The nucleus of the Daejeon attack on this day was Lee Hyun-sik (27), an offensive midfielder in his 6th year as a pro. In the 9th minute of the first half, Lee Hyun-shik took the ball and connected it to Lee Jin-hyun (26), and Lee Jin-hyun fired a sharp left-footed shot from the right side of the penalty box and split the net.
Ulsan counterattacked with a goal by Rubikson (30, Sweden) in the 18th minute of the first half. Rubiksson became the top scorer with his 5th goal in the league.
Rubiksson is famous as a player who has a ‘contemporaneous plastic surgery’. He grew up step by step from the 7th division of Sweden and entered the 1st division of Sweden in 2020 when he was 27 years old. He was active with 31 points and 19 assists in three seasons, and was named to the Swedish national team last year, but could not join due to the aftermath of the corona. Ahead of this season, Rubikson, wearing the Ulsan uniform, has emerged as the main axis of the team’s attack with his unique decisiveness.
Lee Hyun-sik, who assisted the first goal, turned the tense tide back to Daejeon. During the extra time in the first half, the ball that flowed out was connected with a right-footed shot and shook the net. It was the second consecutive goal following the match against Suwon FC on the 9th. Lee Hyun-sik, who contributed to Daejeon’s promotion to the 1st division by scoring 6 goals and 10 assists over the past two seasons in the K-League 2 (2nd division), is a pillar of Daejeon’s offensive football this season.
In the second half, both teams continued to fight. As time passed, Ulsan’s attack became fiercer, but the Daejeon defense threw their bodies to block it.
Daejeon goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun saved the team with several decisive saves and Daejeon won 2-1. Daejeon, which had set the goal of ‘survival’ in the first division this season, rose to third place (14 points, 4 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss) with a victory that day.
Daejeon World Cup Stadium, where the game was held, was filled with 16,359 spectators and radiated heat. After losing 2-3 to Anyang in August of last year, Daejeon has continued its undefeated streak (7 wins, 3 draws) in 10 consecutive home matches.
Coach Lee Min-seong said, “The best defense has proven the word attack once again. Even at halftime when we were leading 2-1, we emphasized that we should never step down and press from the front.”
On this day, Ulsan, who tried to win 7 consecutive wins, a previous tie record, suffered the first loss of the season. After the match, Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo said, “Daejeon has set a good precedent for other teams in the K-League in a situation where there are many teams that are down defensively against strong teams.”