Ulsan Hyundai has saved itself. They took the lead.
Ulsan Hyundai won the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 away match against Gwangju FC 1-0 at Gwangju Football Stadium on February 2. Ulsan (16 W, 2 D, 2 L) extended its winning streak to four games and remained in first place. Ulsan is now unbeaten in 16 matches (16W5D) against Gwangju for eight years, dating back to Aug. 29, 2015. It is tied for the most points in the history of the K League after 20 rounds. In 2018, Jeonbuk Hyundai also accumulated 50 points in 20 games.
Ulsan utilized a 4-2-3-1 formation. Lee In-gyu started up top. Kang Yoon-koo, Ataru, and Cho Hyun-taek provided support behind him. Kim Min-hyuk and Lee Kyu-sung partnered in the defensive midfield. In the back four were Lee Myung-jae, Kim Young-kwon, Kim Ki-hee, and Kim Tae-hwan. Cho Hyun-woo guarded the goal.
Gwangju came out with a 4-4-2 formation. Lee Hee-gyun and Thomas led the attack. Jung Jeong-hoon, Lee Soon-min, Jeong Ho-yeon, and Kim Han-gil coordinated the midfield. Lee Min-ki, Ahn Young-kyu, Timo, and Doo Hyun-seok were in charge of the defense. 안전놀이터 Lee Jun wore the goalkeeping gloves.
Prior to the game, Ulsan was in first place with 15 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses (47 points). Gwangju (8 wins, 4 draws, and 7 losses) was in seventh place. However, the atmosphere leading up to the game was different. Ulsan was coming off a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals of the Korea Football Association (FA) Cup against Jeju United on March 28. Gwangju had utilized a rotation against Jeonbuk Hyundai and had a fitness advantage. Gwangju had also recently won three straight home games.
Ahead of the final, Ulsan head coach Hong Myung-bo said, “It’s clear that Gwangju is in good shape overall. On the other hand, we are in a slightly more difficult situation than we would like. Overall, Gwangju is a ball possession team, and so are we. 안전놀이터추천 I think it’s important to keep the ball and not give them physical problems. I think we need to play with more ball possession.” Gwangju head coach Lee Jung-hyo said, “I’m worried because Ulsan has a lot of fox-like players. I think we have a slight physical advantage. We will try to press boldly. We also need to manage the game. We can’t press for 90 minutes or 100 minutes, so I explained that part of the game.”
The match started. As expected, Gwangju pressed Ulsan hard. Ulsan took advantage of a foul to break the flow of the game. Kim Min-hyuk took a shot at the opponent’s goal. Ulsan increased the intensity of their offense in the 28th minute by substituting Bako and Park Yong-woo for Cho Hyun-taek and Kang Yoon-gu. However, neither team managed to score in the first 45 minutes. The match ended 0-0.