Pohang Steelers win with a dramatic goal from Park Seung-wook.
Pohang Steelers earned a 2-1 victory over Jeju United in the 17th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at the Pohang Steelyard at 6 p.m. on Saturday. With the three points, Pohang moved to second place in the league (30 points), while Jeju dropped to third (28 points).
On the day, Pohang deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation. Lee Ho-jae started up front, followed by Baek Sung-dong, Go Young-joon, and Kim Seung-dae. Kim Jun-ho and Oberdan formed the midfield, while Wandelsson, Grant, Park Chan-yong, and Park Seung-wook paired up in the back four. Hwang In-jae wore the goalkeeping gloves.
Jeju countered with a 3-4-3 formation. Hayes, Kwak Seung-min, and Kim Dae-hwan started in the top three, while Lee Ki-hyuk, Lee Chang-min, Kim Bong-soo, and Ahn Tae-hyun played in the midfield. In the back, Jeong-woon, Lim Chae-min, and Kim Joo-won combined, with Kim Dong-joon in goal.
Pohang had a great chance early in the first half. In the 12th minute, Wandelsson’s cross from the left side was met with a powerful shot by Baek Sung-dong, but it was blocked by the defense. Kim Jun-ho then finished off the loose ball with another mid-range shot, but goalkeeper Kim Dong-joon threw himself to make the save.
In the early hours, Jeju made a change. In the 15th minute, Seo Jin-soo and Kim Joo-gong replaced Kwak Seung-min and Kim Dae-hwan. Pohang scored the first goal. In the 20th minute, Wandelsson tried a long roving pass from the back, which caught Kim Joo-won’s head, but Lee Ho-jae calmly finished the falling ball.
Pohang had the best chance early in the second half. In the eighth minute of the second half, Lee Ho-jae received the ball inside the penalty box and fired a left-footed shot that was saved by goalkeeper Kim Dong-joon. Pohang used a substitution. In the 11th minute of the second half, Kim Seung-dae and Kim Jun-ho came off and Kim In-sung and Lee Seung-mo came on. Then in the 22nd minute, Ko Young-joon came off and Zeca came on. 안전놀이터
Jeju made a substitution. In the 24th minute, Yuri came on for Lee Ki-hyuk. The decisive moment came for Pohang. In the 29th minute, Lee Ho-jae received an Oberdan pass and attempted a powerful right-footed shot from the front of the penalty box, but goalkeeper Kim Dong-joon threw his body to block it.
Jeju equalized. In the 40th minute, Jeju was awarded a penalty kick and Hayes stepped up to take the spot kick, which was saved by goalkeeper Hwang In-Jae. However, just before the kick, Hwang’s foot was seen to have fallen and the penalty kick was awarded again. Hayes didn’t miss this time.
In the dying minutes of the match, Jeju got a breakthrough. In the 42nd minute, Lee Ho-jae’s header was saved by Kim Dong-joon. Immediately after, Jeju brought on Lim Dong-hyuk to replace Hayes and strengthen their defense. Pohang scored a dramatic goal. In late stoppage time, Park Seung-wook headed in a free kick from Baek Sung-dong. In the end, the game ended in Pohang’s favor.