The Pohang Steelers showed the potential of a strong team. Reached the semifinals of the FA Cup.

In the quarterfinals of the 2023 Hanawon Q FA Cup against Gangwon held at Pohang Steel Yard on the 28th, Pohang was behind 0-1, Jeka’s equalizer in the 26th minute of the second half and Park Chan-yong’s winning goal in the 42nd minute of the second half.메이저사이트

On this day, Pohang struggled against Gangwon, which eliminated all of the ‘Best 11’, but showed the potential of a strong team and was able to continue the opportunity to win the FA Cup for the 5th time since 2013.

What caught my eye on this day was the selection list of ‘poles and poles’ presented by Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong and Gangwon coach Yoon Jung-hwan.

Coach Kim actually put out the ‘Best 11’ card. Coach Kim, who runs the 4-2-3-1 formation, placed Lee Ho-jae in the front line and Baek Seong-dong, Kim Seung-dae, and Kim In-seong in the second line. He used Kim Jun-ho and Ober Dan as defensive midfielders.

The four-back defense line consisted of Wandelson, Ha Chang-rae, Park Chan-yong, and Park Seung-wook. The goal was guarded by Hwang In-jae.

Pohang has no choice but to fully operate its main members. It was also because they advanced to the quarterfinals in the FA Cup, where they had to qualify for the Asian Champions League next season, but many key players such as Ko Young-jun, Kim Jong-woo, and Jung Jae-hee were out of power due to injuries.

On the other hand, coach Yoon took out all of the best 11 in the second game after taking charge of Gangwon. With a 3-5-2 formation, coach Yoon placed Gallego and Park Sang-hyeok as forward strikers, with Kim Dae-woo, Hwang Moon-ki, and Seo Min-woo as Joo-woon. Yoo In-soo and Lee Kang-han were dropped as left and right wingbacks. The three-back was entrusted to Kim Woo-seok, Jeong Seung-yong, and Lim Chang-woo. The goalkeeper’s gloves were worn by Lee Kwang-yeon.

Coach Yoon is aiming to get out of the relegation zone in the league rather than the FA Cup. Despite this situation, the reality is that he cannot give up even in the FA Cup. Because of this, it was a day to look forward to the rebellion of the backup players.
The lid is open. Pohang took the lead in the game. Based on stable organization, I tried hard to break through Gangwon’s dense defense. However, the space was rarely open. In the 22nd minute of the first half, Baek Seong-dong fired a right-footed shot from the left side of the penalty box in a situation where the opponent’s pass was blocked, but it went straight to the opponent’s goalkeeper.

A variable occurred in Pohang. In the 27th minute of the first half, right fullback Park Seung-wook was injured and collapsed during an aerial contest. In the end, coach Kim had no choice but to replace Kim Yong-hwan early.

Gangwon, who had been crouching down, opened the goal first in the 37th minute of the first half. Yoo In-soo, who received Gallego’s accurate conversion pass, broke through to the left side of the penalty box and shook the net with a powerful right-footed shot.

Afterwards, Pohang tried to tie the game with a wave of offensive attacks. Lee Ho-jae in the 40th minute, Wandelson in the 41st minute, Baek Sung-dong in the 43rd minute, and Kim Jun-ho in the 45th minute fired one after another. However, starting with the goalkeeper’s save, he continued to miss the goal.

Photo courtesy of Korea Football Association

Photo courtesy of Korea Football Association
Pohang continued its offensive in the early part of the second half. In the 4th minute of the second half, Jeka’s grounder pass from the left side of the penalty box, and Lee Ho-jae tried a chip shot that slightly exceeded the opponent’s goalkeeper’s key, but it slightly missed the crossbar, leaving regret.

After that, Pohang pushed Gangwon even harder. In addition to the existing Lee Ho-jae, Jeka was put in to play a post play that launched the ball to the forefront. However, it was difficult to return the game to the starting point due to poor control of the rebound ball and lack of detail.

However, Pohang scored the long-awaited equalizer in the 36th minute of the second half. Seungdae Kim’s cross from the right flank saw Zeca, who was in front of the goal, soar into the air and hit the net with a header.

In the 42nd minute of the second half, Gearko overturned the game. Lee Ho-jae returned Wandelson’s cross from the left side to the goal, and Park Chan-yong rushed in and split the net with a left-footed non-stop shot.

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