“I think it’s time for us to play a game.”

With more draws than wins, Daejeon Hana Citizen’s recent three consecutive draws have put pressure on the team to drop in the standings.

After much deliberation, Daejeon head coach Lee Min-sung decided to throw a curveball against Suwon Samsung in the 21st round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on Sept. 9. Last year’s top scorer in the K League 2 (second division), Yoo Kang-hyun, who was mostly used as a joker, was the frontline striker.

On the left side, Kim In-gyun and Shin Sang-eun were flanked by Bae Jun-ho, an attacking midfielder who came to the fans’ attention with his outstanding performance at the U-20 World Cup. Even central midfielder Joo Se-jong was attack-oriented, so it was really an attacking front four, except for the defense.

“I think the time has come for us to play a game, otherwise we will have to fight a muddy battle (in the standings),” Lee said, indicating the need to show strength to reach Final A (1-6).

Daejeon was in eighth place with 28 points before the match. With a win, they could move up to fifth place. With only five points separating them from third-place FC Seoul (33 points), they needed to do something about it.

Daejeon pounded Suwon from the start. Shin Sang-woo, who cried with a shot that hit the crossbar twice, scored a goal that was assisted by Eun Ki-do. Yoo Kang-hyun sacrificed himself in the process. Kim In-gyun also found the back of the net. In a game where the two foreign strikers, Leandro and Thiago, dominated the starting lineup, Daejeon showed their strength. 안전놀이터

Competitive system was a weakness in Daejeon. Despite conceding goals to Suwon, Go Seung-beom, and Mullich, they never lost control of the game. Masa came on for Bae Joon-ho, and the same position competitors tried to show off their skills, while substitutes Leandro and Thiago were hesitant to shoot, and Shin Sang and Kim In-gyun’s goals shone through.

The final result was a 2-2 draw. We showed a competitive system in the attack, but our defense left us with a lot to think about. It’s a match that requires confirmation of the risk-taking guarantee.

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