K-League 1 intensifies mid-level battle, ‘summer war begins’ from July

In the summer, with the A-match break ahead, the K League 1 is hot. Excluding Ulsan Hyundai in the current round of 17, Pohang Steelers in second place (8 wins, 6 draws, 3 losses, 30 points) to 8th place Daegu FC (6 wins, 6 draws, 5 losses, 24 points) are close to each other. there is.스포츠토토

Leading Ulsan (41 points) was the first to reach 40 points with 13 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. Round 7 Daejeon Hana Citizen away (1-2 loss), Round 16 Jeonbuk Hyundai away (0-2 loss) Losses are all. Since the appointment of manager Hong Myung-bo in 2021, they have not allowed a single loss in a row.

The season, which started as the ‘defending champion’, achieved six consecutive victories twice. From right after the opening to the 6th round, and from the 9th to the 14th round, the match was unstoppable. The overwhelming leader, Ulsan, is aiming for a second straight victory. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, leaving open the possibility of a double. Last year, Jeonbuk missed the FA Cup championship, but this time, they are aiming for both titles. Joo Min-gyu leads the league in scoring with 9 goals. Rubiksson and Bako also tied for third place with six goals each.

Pohang, 3rd place FC Seoul (8 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses, 28 points), and 4th place Jeju United (8 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses, 28 points) are tied by two points. With 8 wins each, a fierce battle for second place unfolds.

In terms of stability, Pohang is ahead. After Ulsan, they lost only three games. Although they went undefeated in the opening 9 matches (5 wins, 4 draws), the 10th round against Incheon United (0-2 loss) and the 11th round against Jeju Island (1-2 loss) were painful. Although they lost to Gwangju FC 2-4 in the 16th round, they succeeded in changing the atmosphere by beating Jeju 2-1 in the previous game. Pohang, which also secured a ticket to the FA Cup quarter-finals, is currently a strong challenger chasing Ulsan.

Na Sang-ho, who leads FC Seoul’s offensive soccer. Korea Professional Football Federation

Seoul is protesting with firefight. Following Ulsan (35 goals), he leads the hot offensive soccer with 30 goals. Even if he lost, he always scored a goal and always made a one-goal victory. The only time Seoul failed to score was the 16th round away from Daegu. On this day, Seoul lost 0-1. Na Sang-ho is the core of Seoul’s offense and currently ranks second in the league with 8 goals.

Jeju’s rebound is remarkable. At the beginning of the season, they fell to the bottom of the 12 teams with 3 consecutive losses and 5 draws (2 draws and 3 losses). Jeju revived from the 6th round. They took Gangwon FC away 2-1, followed by Suwon Samsung away with a 3-2 victory. They lost to Jeonbuk in the 8th round, but after that, they went undefeated in 8 matches (6 wins, 2 draws) following 5 consecutive wins. In April and May, the number of points Jeju won was 25. It rose vertically from last place to third place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the Jeju FA Cup. The opponent is Ulsan.

5th place Daejeon Hana Citizen (7 wins, 4 draws, 6 losses, 25 points) and 6th place Gwangju (7 wins, 3 draws, 7 losses, 24 points, 23 goals) from K League 2 last year are recording decent results. Even in the K League 1, they are doing well within the top 6 without collapsing against strong teams. In particular, Daejeon showed off its potential by stopping Ulsan from winning 7 consecutive wins and suffering its first loss of the season. Gwangju, which fell into a draw in 7 games (3 draws and 4 losses), also succeeded in changing the atmosphere with 3 consecutive wins from the 15th round.

7th place Jeonbuk (7 wins, 3 draws, 7 losses, 24 points, 20 goals), which was evaluated as a strong championship candidate, went back and forth between cold and hot baths. In the opening game, they lost to rival Ulsan, and after that, they experienced two losing streaks. Due to poor performance, manager Kim Sang-sik resigned in early May.

In the second round of the 16th round, Hyundai defeated Ulsan 2-0 in the derby. He then caught Daegu and recorded the first two consecutive wins of the season. In Jeonbuk, Song Min-gyu and Moon Seon-min are breaking through the attack. Cho Kyu-seong, the hero of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, also started the season’s beastly goal. Jeonbuk will meet Gwangju in the quarterfinals with the momentum of winning the FA Cup last year.

Song Min-gyu (left) and Moon Seon-min, who are in charge of Jeonbuk Hyundai’s offense, have a goal ceremony. Korea Professional Football Federation

Daegu (6 wins, 6 draws, 5 losses, 24 points, 20 goals), which was sluggish at the beginning of the season, is also fighting for the middle ranks. They lost to Jeonbuk just before and fell from 5th to 8th, but the difference in points is not large. They are playing one-shot soccer with playmaker Sejingya and Edgar using height.

9th place Incheon (4 wins, 7 draws, 6 losses, 19 points) and 10th place Suwon FC (5 wins, 3 draws, 9 losses, 18 points), which received a lot of attention this season, are staying at the bottom. 11th place Gangwon is in the relegation zone with 2 wins, 6 draws, 9 losses and 12 points. The situation at the bottom of the water source is even more serious. Last month, coach Lee Byeong-soo was sacked and coach Kim Byeong-soo was appointed, but recently fell into a swamp of 4 consecutive losses.

The K-League 1 will enter round 18 on the 10th and 11th. Afterwards, the Korean national soccer team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann finished two consecutive A-matches (Peru on the 16th and El Salvador on the 20th) and resumed with round 19 on the 24th and 25th. On the 28th, the FA Cup quarterfinals are scheduled.

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