Gangwon 25G consecutive undefeated Ulsan, who will stop the overwhelming race toward ‘early victory’?
Whenever Ulsan Hyundai and Gangwon FC meet, the word that always appears is ‘jinx’. Of course, it’s a completely different feeling to each other. In Ulsan, which has a one-sided advantage, it is pleasant, and in Gangwon, which is in the opposite situation, it is uncomfortable.
In the 12th round confrontation of ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’ held at Ulsan Munsu Stadium on the 9th, the jinx that was completely cheered by the home team was a hot topic. The last time Ulsan, who is overwhelmingly leading this season, lost to Gangwon on May 26, 2012 (1-2). Ulsan, which won 1-0 in the first match of the season in Chuncheon in March this year, had been undefeated in 24 consecutive matches (20 wins, 4 draws) against Gangwon before the meeting.
Again, the tough bad relationship continued. Ulsan, which is looking for its 2nd consecutive season title and its 4th title, won 1-0 with Jo Min-gyu’s penalty kick (PK) goal in the 6th minute of the second half, and was the first to reach 10 wins (1 draw, 1 loss, 31 points). The gap widens further with 2 wins, 5 draws and 26 losses in the opponent’s record, and Gangwon, which recently lost 2 consecutive losses, took a stand at 10 points (2 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses).
In a starkly different situation, the positions of the benches of both teams were also different. Gangwon coach Choi Yong-soo, who joked, “How did you not win in 11 years?” “I didn’t say a word to the players. Everyone knows. He didn’t want to burden me,” he said. Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo took a cool approach. “It is more difficult to judge in advance that a game has been won from the outside. There is a difference in mental strength and fighting spirit,” he emphasized that there is no ‘obvious victory’.
Even though the reasons were different, Ulsan chose a change in the 90th minute when everyone needed 3 points. Side fullback Seol Young-woo was excluded from the rotation, and veteran Kim Tae-hwan, who had recovered from an Achilles injury, was reinstated as right full-back.
Gangwon showed traces of concern from the list of participants. Right before submitting the entry for the game, we pondered the input and roles of wing forward Hwang Moon-gi and wing-back Lim Chang-woo. It is a position in charge of the right side side by side, but I had to collide with Rubik’s Hand ~ Lee Myung-jae, who was placed on the left side of Ulsan.
The match was tight. Ulsan showed high ball possession, but Gangwon also boldly counterattacked. However, Ulsan’s powerful firepower did not stop. Joo Min-gyu scored the 6th goal of the season after a penalty from a handball foul by Gangwon defender Yoon Seok-yeong who tried to block Kim Tae-hwan’s cross that destroyed the side early in the second half.
The momentum of Gangwon,메이저놀이터 who had lost a goal in vain, was broken. They tried to counterattack steadily, but their power was noticeably lower than in the first half. In the 28th minute of the second half, Martin Adam and Um Won-sang were put in at the same time to put strength in the front, and even though they did not score an additional goal, Ulsan snatched another victory with leisurely play.