It’s not over yet. It’s a no-holds-barred battle to advance from the group stage of the Asian Champions League (ACL). Incheon United, coached by Cho Sung-hwan, will take on Yokohama Marinos (Japan) at the Incheon Football Stadium on Nov. 28 in the fifth match of Group G of the 2023-2024 ACL.레모나토토 주소
The stakes are high. In the ACL East this season, the winner of each of the five groups (F to J) will advance to the Round of 16. The three best second-place finishers will advance to the Round of 16. Incheon is tied with the Yokohama Marinos with two wins and two losses (6 points). However, goal differential has Yokohama second and Incheon third.
Incheon made its first appearance in the ACL this year, celebrating its 20th anniversary. They qualified for the main event through the ACL Playoffs (PO). They got off to a good start. They won their first round match against Yokohama 4-2. They went on a two-game winning streak at home against Caya (Philippines). However, they lost two straight to Shandong Taishan (China), led by Choi Kang-hee.
Incheon will look to turn things around at home. It is unfortunate that the team has many injured players. Most of the foreign players, including Mugosa, Mpoku, Jerso, and Delbridge, are out with injuries. Other key players like Lee Myung-joo, Shin Shin-ho, and Moon Ji-hwan are also out with injuries. However, Incheon has recently shown hope by defeating Gwangju FC and Ulsan Hyundai with young players.
In a press conference on the 27th, Cho said, “We have a lot of injured players. But this is our last chance to pass the group stage. We will do our best to win in front of our home fans. The last match against Yokohama was Incheon’s first ACL match. That game set the direction of the team. This game can also serve as a motivation for the players. We will try to win at home.”
Ulsan, the ‘K League 1 Champions’, will face Pathum Thani United (Thailand) in Group I at 7 p.m. (KST) on Aug. 28 at Pathum Thani Stadium in Thailand. A win is a must. In Group I, Japan’s Kawasaki Frontale (12 points) leads the way. Ulsan and Johor Darul Taqzim (Malaysia) are tied for second place with six points. Ulsan has a 1-1 head-to-head tie with Johor. Ulsan won 3-1 at home and lost 2-1 on the road. Ulsan will next face last-place Patum. Johor, on the other hand, will face Kawasaki. Ulsan will look to defend their second place with a win against Pathum.
Ulsan has good memories against Pathum. They met them twice in the 2021 ACL group stage, winning both matches 2-0. They also won the first leg of the group stage on Sept. 19, 3-1, behind a hat trick from Martin Adam. Ulsan will arrive in the final on Sept. 26 to acclimatize.