‘Seven U-22s minus all foreigners’ Incheon stuns Olympique Gwangju 2-0…one point behind fourth-placed Jeonbuk
Incheon United has extended its winning streak in the K League One to three games and controlled Gwangju FC’s climb to second place.
Incheon, led by head coach Cho Sung-hwan, won 2-0 away from home against Gwangju in the 35th round (Final A) of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at the Gwangju Football Stadium on Monday.
Cho left out the “foreign quartet” of Mugosa, Jerso, Mpoku and Hernandez, who all played in the Asian Champions League (ACL) group stage match (0-2 loss) against Shandong Taishan (China) three days earlier. Seven U-22s started, a massive rotation. It was a matter of selection and focus as they juggled the league, ACL, and FA Cup.
Still, Incheon couldn’t have asked for a better result. Choi Woo-jin, playing in only his second game of the season, split the Gwangju goal with a fantastic left-footed mid-range shot in the 30th minute with the score tied at 0-0.온라인카지노
With momentum on their side, Incheon added a second goal in the 38th minute on a counterattack opportunity when Kim Min-seok made no mistake in slotting home a deflected ball after a teammate’s shot hit the Gwangju defense.
In the end, Incheon was out-shot 5-11 by Gwangju, but the new players showed a high level of commitment to the game, controlling the game and securing a two-goal victory.
Incheon now has 13 wins, 13 draws and 9 losses (52 points) and sits in fifth place, trailing fourth-place Jeonbuk Hyundai (53 points) by one point, who drew 1-1 with the Pohang Steelers earlier in the day. Gwangju, on the other hand, saw its winning streak snapped at three games and finished with 16 points (9 draws) and 10 losses (57 points), unable to close the gap on second-place Pohang (60 points).