Pohang Steelers head coach Kim Ki-dong swallowed his disappointment.
Pohang drew 1-1 with Jeonbuk Hyundai in the 35th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium at 2 p.m. on Aug. 28.
The result makes Pohang’s chances of winning the title even slimmer. With a long way to go, Pohang remained on 60 points (15 wins, 15 draws, and 5 losses) and failed to catch up with leader Ulsan (67 points), which has played one game less. As a result, Ulsan can clinch the title early by beating Daegu on Sept. 29.
It was a hard-fought game. There were plenty of messy moments, but both teams scored on penalties to share the points. Jeonbuk took the lead in the ninth minute of the second half with a penalty kick from Gustavo, but Pohang equalized with a penalty kick goal from Zeca in the 25th minute.
After the game, coach Kim Ki-dong said, “It was chaotic from the beginning with injuries. Kim Jun-ho had a head tear, and Kim Yong-hwan was also injured. Anyway, I’m still disappointed. In terms of decisiveness, we could have turned the game around if we scored at the end. I want to praise the team for taking a point away from home. We will do well against Jeju (in the FA Cup quarterfinals).”
There were also some substitution errors during the match. In the 26th minute, Pohang tried to substitute Shin Kwang-hoon for the injured Kim Yong-hwan, but mistakenly wrote Kim In-sung’s number 7 on the substitution sheet. However, the referees didn’t notice, and Kim In-sung played for nearly six more minutes before leaving the field. A protest from the Jeonbuk bench made the referees realize the problem, and Pohang hastily substituted Kim Yong-hwan and Kim Seung-dae.
“Kim Yong-hwan should have been taken off, but when we checked, I think we checked Kim In-sung as number seven, and Shin Kwang-hoon came on,” said coach Kim Ki-dong, “That’s what I think. A player cannot enter the field of play as we intended. If a player enters the field before another player comes out, it’s a warning, because it’s the referee’s authority. I think the referee or the assistant referee should have checked it unconditionally. 짱구카지노 도메인 The player went in under those circumstances. It was a mess,” he explained.
For Pohang, it was a major setback. “Actually, we wanted to hold on to the first half and play five players at once in the last 15 or 20 minutes, regardless of whether we lost or won, but something happened and the plan went awry. Still, we got a point, so we’re satisfied,” said coach Kim Ki-dong.