“Both teams played well.”
Hong Myung-bo, coach of Ulsan Hyundai, did not lose his dignity despite the pain of the first loss of the season. He respected his opponents, encouraged his players, and made fans look forward to tomorrow more.
Ulsan Hyundai lost 1-2 in the away game of ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’메이저놀이터 against Daejeon Hana Citizen held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on the 16th. Ulsan (6 wins and 1 loss) ended their winning streak at ‘6’. The tie record for the most consecutive wins at the start of the K-League (7 wins) was also shattered.
It was an unlucky match for Ulsan. Ulsan shook Daejeon’s net in the 32nd minute when the score was 1-1. Rubiksson’s shot was blocked by the opponent’s goalkeeper and bounced off. Ulsan did not miss the rebounded ball. Seol Young-woo caught it and shook Daejeon’s net. However, in the process, Rubikson’s offside was declared and the goal was cancelled. The offensive at the end of the game was blocked by the opponent’s goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun’s save. Ulsan, who had a great record in front of them, had no choice but to swallow their regrets.
The winning streak ended, but coach Hong left no regrets. He said, “Both teams played a good game. The pace of the game was fast and organized. It was a very fun game. However, from our point of view, the second goal is regrettable. “I had a chance, but I didn’t score. Then I lost. I think the match was very good. We lost, but the players did their best.”
“This is our first loss. The atmosphere may be depressed. However, I am grateful to the players for winning 6 times earlier. I will not make the loss a problem for the players at all. My beliefs haven’t changed.”
Ulsan completed a luxury match with Daejeon on this day. On this day, Ulsan had 16 shots and Daejeon had 10 shots. Of these, 12 were effective shots. Fans had no time to look away for the entire 90 minutes in the fierce battle. The 16,359 spectators who visited the soccer field left the stadium applauding enthusiastically.
Coach Hong said, “If we play this kind of game every week, the players will only play 20 games and will not be able to play because it is difficult. However, I think this is the direction the K-League should ultimately pursue. It will be a game to play. I think the game Daejeon showed today will set a good precedent for the K-League. Both teams played a fast and fun game.”
He also spared no thanks to coach Lee Min-seong, who made a wonderful game together. Coach Hong said, “Coach Min-seong Lee has had a lot of coaching life. He was in the professional team and the national team. I think he is a fully prepared leader. It is his first year in the K-League 1, but he is expected to become a coach who can have a good influence in the K-League in the future. think,” he said.