Pohang’s ‘FA Cup Champion’ 4th consecutive ACL…First round of 16 among K-League teams

Pohang defeated Urawa Reds (Japan) 2-1 at home in their fourth home match of Group J of the 2023-2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League on Monday at Pohang Steel Yard. The win was Pohang’s fourth straight and gave them 12 points, securing top spot in the group and a spot in the round of 16 regardless of the outcome of their remaining two matches.레모나토토 주소

Unlike Pohang, the other three teams lost all four matches. Ulsan Hyundai lost 1-2 to Johor Darul Taqzim (Malaysia) on July 7. With two wins, two losses, and six points, they are second in Group I. They have the same number of points as third-place Johor. Incheon also lost 1-3 to Shandong Taishan (China) on July 7. W2 D2 L6 points, third place in Group G. Jeonbuk Hyundai also suffered a shock 0-2 loss to Ryan City (Singapore) on the 8th, leaving them in second place in Group F with 2W2D, 6 points.

The first half was a bit shaky. They conceded the first goal in the 36th minute. Ekanit Panya’s pass to Jose Kante was unstoppable.

Pohang Steelers. Courtesy of the Korea Football Association
However, Kim Ki-dong’s team found a way out with his substitutions. He took off Lee Ho-jae, Kim Jun-ho, and Shin Kwang-hoon in the second half and brought on Zeca, Kim Jong-woo, and Shim Sang-min. In the 14th minute, Kim Seung-dae came on for Yoon Jae-woon. Starting from the bench, the FA Cup winners went in search of a goal.

The equalizer came in the 21st minute of the second half. A handball foul was called on Urawa Reds through VAR. Substitute Zeca equalized from the penalty spot.

In the 25th minute of the second half, Takahiro Akimoto received a red card. With the numerical advantage, Pohang pushed the Urawa Reds until the end. Eventually, they scored the winning goal in late stoppage time. Kim Seung-dae’s cross deflected off the goalkeeper and In-sung Kim slid it in with his left foot.

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