The momentum from the win over defending champions Ulsan Hyundai continued. Jeonbuk Hyundai has won two consecutive league games for the first time this season after beating Daegu FC at home.

Jeonbuk held on for a 1-0 victory over Daegu in the 17th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on 7 July, thanks to Song Min-gyu’s goal in the 13th minute of the second half. It was the first league win of the season for Jeonbuk, who had previously won 2-0 against Ulsan in the ‘Hyundai Street Derby’. Jeonbuk’s recent run of four wins, two draws, and one loss has given them a foothold in the top half of the table. Conversely, Daegu, who were in good form with four wins, three draws and one loss in their last eight games, have faltered.

Jeonbuk left Cho Kyu-sung on the bench and opted for a two-pronged attack with Gustavo, Hapa Silva, and a foreign striker. Acting head coach Kim Doo-hyun said, “I’m waiting with faith. I hope we can score a goal today,” he said, expressing his unwavering trust. Gustavo and Hapa Silva played diligently in front of the goal, but were unable to make much of an impact due to the intense pressure from the Daegu defence.

After a 0-0 first half, Jeonbuk brought on Cho Kyu-sung at the start of the second half to take the reins of the attack, and the long-awaited goal came from the toes of Song Min-gyu in the 13th minute. Silva, who drove towards the front of the penalty area, was blocked by the Daegu defence and lost the ball, which found its way to Song Min-gyu on the left side of the penalty area, who calmly finished with a right-footed curling kick. Jeonbuk picked up its seventh win (three draws and seven defeats), while Daegu suffered its fifth defeat (six wins and six draws).

“Daegu went down, but it’s encouraging that the attacking pattern from the flanks worked well as we prepared,” said Kim. “I think the players did well to overcome the difficulties after the Ulsan game and gave a good gift to the fans.”

Meanwhile, in Gwangju, Gwangju FC beat Suwon Samsung 2-1 thanks to Brazilian striker Tomas, who scored an equaliser and a late winner in stoppage time. It was Tomas’ first and second league goals in eight games. With their second consecutive come-from-behind victory, Gwangju extended their winning streak to three league games and maintained their momentum at the top of the table. Suwon has lost four in a row.스포츠토토

Incheon United, playing for the first time on the memorial day of honorary coach Yoo Sang-chul, who passed away after a battle with cancer two years ago, failed to hold on to a lead given to them by Gerso at Anbang and drew 1-1 with FC Seoul, who equalised through Hwang Eui-jo.

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