‘Meeting for the first time in 8 years’ Incheon and Daejeon, K-League 1’s first true sword match

Incheon United and Daejeon Hana Citizen face each other after 8 years.

Incheon United will face promoted team Daejeon Hana Citizen in the 2nd round of the 2023 K League 1 held at the Incheon Soccer Stadium at 2:00 pm on the 4th.

Incheon broke everyone’s expectations last season and ended the season in 4th place (54 points). A difficult season was expected, but it was overcome with the leadership of coach Cho Seong-hwan and the fighting spirit of the players. Despite the fact that the team’s main gun Stefan Mugosa left for Vissel Kobe during the season, he endured until the end of the season.

Incheon drew attention as a dark horse to break the Yanggang composition between Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai ahead of the season opening. However, in the first round away from rival FC Seoul, they were defeated 1-2. Oh Ban-seok scored a comeback goal in the 42nd minute of the second half, but could not prevent defeat.

The results of the game were not good, but the content was good. Recorded 590 passes, of which 109 were passed to the attack area, ranking second among all teams in the first round.

At Media Day before the season, Incheon coach Cho Seong-hwan said, “I feel like I’m very alive these days. At this time of year, there is always a burden on grades and results. But I don’t think of it as a burden.” I know how happy the fans are. We have to give them more joy than just a one-off. I think it’s a responsibility,” he said, revealing that he would aim for better results.

Incheon, full of will, will face a promoted team Daejeon this time.

Daejeon returned to the K-League 1 after 8 years. In the first round match, they defeated Gangwon FC 2-0, proving that they are formidable opponents.

In particular, Thiago, who moved to Daejeon from Gyeongnam, scored his debut goal in the 10th minute of the first half. Leandro, who has been active in Daejeon since last season, also showed the fear of the ‘Brazil Connection’ by recording one goal and one assist. 스포츠토토

In addition, Azerbaijan’s national team defender Anton, who showed his presence by recording the most interceptions (7 times) and the most offense blocking (7 times) in the team, impressed the fans with a great performance. 

After winning the first round, Daejeon coach Lee Min-seong said, “We have to forget this game quickly. Preparing for the upcoming game against Incheon is an urgent priority.” I’ve been waiting for these 8 years. I’ll try not to go through the pain again.”

Meanwhile, the last game between the two teams ended with Incheon’s 2-0 victory in November 2015. In terms of opponent record, Incheon is ahead with 5 wins and 1 loss. Let’s see what kind of story the two teams will create when they face each other again after 8 years.

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