‘Activation magic’ that gets 1 point even if there is no one

“The players ran so much that it made me feel sorry for them.”

The Pohang Steelers, led by coach Kim Ki-dong, showed their potential once again. Although we lacked one player, we did not back down and earned valuable points. 

Pohang drew 1-1 with Suwon Samsung in the 22nd round of the K League 1 2023 held at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 12th. 2nd place Pohang (38 points) could not narrow the gap with leader Ulsan Hyundai (53 points), but laughed after gaining 1 point.

The 1 victory point obtained against the lowest ranked Suwon was different from usual. In the 12th minute of the second half, center back Ha Chang-rae was sent off for a foul while blocking Suwon striker Jeon Jin-woo, and Pohang fought with 10 men. To make matters worse, Ha Chang-rae’s free kick led to a goal. The performance was poor throughout the first half, and the defeat was dark as they were placed in a numerical inferiority. 

At this time, the ‘mobility magic’ was demonstrated without fail. After conceding a goal, manager Kim Ki-dong substituted winger Baek Seong-dong and put in central defender Park Chan-yong. It was a normal replacement, but the game operation was full. Usually, a team that is outnumbered seeks a counterattack after crouching down, but Pohang harassed Suwon with strong pressure. On the contrary, he led the game for a certain period of time, and in the 23rd minute of the second half, Zecca kicked a penalty kick to tie the game. 

After balancing, I was able to keep 1 point, but I did not back down. In the 39th minute of the second half, midfielder Oberdan’s shot hit the goal post. In a situation where one person was lacking, he even seized an opportunity to turn around.  해외안전놀이터 추천

Manager Kim Ki-dong said, “The players did not give up. He jumped so much that it was pitiful to watch from the outside. He did not feel that there was no one,” he said. While adding (Kim) Inseong, he said that it would be nice if he looked at the timing and put forward pressure. As a result, Suwon was embarrassed.”

Pohang, who had a ‘victory-like draw’, reversed the atmosphere after defeating Ulsan (0-1) on the 8th. Coach Kim Ki-dong was also satisfied, saying, “Getting 1 point is a great harvest.” But there are also challenges. Pohang, which showed consistent good performance this season, is shaking a little bit recently. Manager Kim said, “To be a good team, we have to keep pursuing what we pursue in the first half and second half. To become a strong team, there must be no ups and downs.”

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