18 April 2024

When Lee Dong-kyung burst, Hong Myung-bo was wide…’Breaking Yokohama’ Ulsan, let’s go to the Club World Cup now!

By pestfood.com

Ulsan HD, the strongest team in the K League 1, has won the “Late Yoo Sang-cheol Derby” held by the club Korea-Japan match, taking it one step closer to the third Asian summit after 2012 and 2020.
Ulsan, led by head coach Hong Myung-bo, beat Yokohama Marinos 1-0 at home in the first leg of the AFC Champions League (ALC) semifinal match in the 2023-2024 season at Munsu Stadium in Ulsan on Thursday. Lee Dong-kyung’s first goal in the 19th minute of the first half made it the final shot. Ulsan will have a final match on Monday with the winner of the match between Saudi Arabia and Al Ain, which will cost 4 million U.S. dollars in prize money, if it ties in the second away match.

There is another welcome income. Over the past four years, Ulsan has secured 81 points of “AFC Ranking” based on its ACL performance, beating rival Jeonbuk Hyundai (80 points) to confirm its participation in the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup, which was expanded and reorganized. Two of the four tickets allocated to Asia will be given to the ALC winners Al Hilal and Urawa Reds in 2021 and 2022, respectively, while the remaining two will be given to the team that wins this season and the No. 1 ranking. Since Al Hilal is overwhelmingly the No. 1, however, Ulsan will be invited to the Club World Cup regardless of whether it goes to the finals or not.

Ulsan strongly pushed its opponent from the beginning, as Hong said, “We are here to the end. The match is a match that puts our pride on the line.” He put Joo Min-gyu, the “killer of the national team,” at the front, and Lee Dong-kyung and Eom Won-sang, who have shown amazing performances, at the second line of attack, tormented Yokohama.

As he kept shaking, his path opened up. In the 19th minute of the first half, Lee Dong-kyung shook the net with a left footed shot from the front of the gate. Lee’s instinct for goal flashed on him, who filled 10 offensive points (six goals, four assists) for the first time in the K League 1 this season. 고소득알바

Ulsan also battled well in the second half. They opened various routes with smooth passes and fast rhythms, and blocked off the back build-up, which is the strength of the opponent team, with clever defense centered on veteran Kim Young-kwon. They did not need many shots but were far more efficient.

Yokohama sought to make use of Amano’s midfield play from Ulsan to Jeonbuk to explore a way out, but Ulsan’s energy was strong. Ulsan goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo, who vowed to do well, saying, “We have aspirations and will,” also helped with the defense of the iron wall.