Top split this year? Seoul catches Incheon for the first time in two years and wins the home opener… Suwon loses to promoted team Gwangju
The joys and sorrows of FC Seoul and Suwon Samsung, which have become regular players of Final B (lower split), were mixed.
In the 2023 K League 1 round 1 home game held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 25th, Seoul defeated Incheon United 2-0 with consecutive goals from transfer student Im Sang-hyeop and defender Kim Joo-sung. This is the second consecutive win in the opening game. Seoul, which had been weak against Incheon with 3 draws and 3 losses, reported a victory against Incheon in 7 games. It is the first time in two years that Seoul has defeated Incheon since a 1-0 victory in March 2021. It is the first time since June 2020 that it has won at home.
Seoul started Hwang Ui-jo, who had returned to the K-League from Europe, as a two-top team with Park Dong-jin. In addition, Lim Sang-hyeop, who moved his nest from Pohang, formed the second line with Ki Sung-yong, Palosevich, and Na Sang-ho as the left wing. Incheon faced Jerso, Kim Bo-seop, and Mpoku from Jeju as a three-top team.
Thanks to the support of the home fans, Seoul slowly took the lead. Warming up with Kim Joo-sung and Lim Sang-hyeop’s shooting, Seoul took the lead in the 29th minute without missing Incheon’s mistake. Incheon midfielder Shin Jin-ho’s pass went to the empty space on the penalty arc side instead of his teammate, and Im Sang-hyup rushed in and scored a wonderful left-footed kick. Clinical consultation Seoul debut goal.
Incheon also launched a counterattack, but Kim Do-hyeok’s shot in the 37th minute and Kim Bo-seop’s shot in the extra time were blocked by Seoul goalkeeper Choi Cheol-won’s save.
In the second half, Seoul, which was hesitant due to Incheon’s counterattack, regained its momentum with Hwang Ui-jo’s shot in the 17th minute of the second half. In the 23rd minute, Sang-ho Na fired a right-footed inside shot in a completely free situation due to the decisive cutback of the clinical agreement, but it hit the right post. Soon after, in a free kick situation, Kim Joo-sung’s header was caught by Incheon goalkeeper Kim Dong-heon’s selection. After a while, an additional goal was scored in a corner kick situation that continued in the 25th minute of the half. Ki Sung-yueng from the left kicked a long corner kick towards the far post, but Kim Dong-heon’s hand, which came out of the goal, went over to Kim Joo-seong, and Kim Soo-seong split the net with a standing header. His first goal in the K-League as a 5-year high school professional.
Afterwards, Seoul took out Palosevich and Na Sang-ho and continued the battle by putting in Willian and Kim Shin-jin, while Incheon put Song Si-woo and Min Kyung-hyun. Hwang Ui-jo, who had been threatening Incheon’s goal with vigorous movements such as three sharp shots, was replaced by defender Kwon Wan-gyu in the 39th minute of the second half, ending his return to the K-League after six years.
In the 42nd minute of the second half, captain Oh Ban-seok made up for a goal in Incheon, which was repeatedly on the offensive, and avoided defeat. Shin Jin-ho’s free kick hit the Seoul defender’s head and fell forward, and a right-footed volley split the net. 안전놀이터
Seoul secured the victory with Choi Cheol-Won’s super save of Incheon Delbridge’s decisive shot in the second half of the extra time. On that day, Seoul’s opening match was attended by 22,204 spectators despite the rather cold weather.
In the match held at Suwon World Cup Stadium, Gwangju FC, who returned to K League 1 after winning the K League 2 last year, defeated the home team Suwon Samsung 1-0 thanks to Albanian striker Asani’s winning goal at the end of the match.
Asani, who was put in in the 20th minute of the second half, entered the space on the left side of the penalty box in the 43rd minute of the second half, received a pass from Jeong Ho-yeon, and fired a powerful left-footed shot. Asani’s K-League debut goal. Suwon Samsung could not open the goal even after hitting 8 effective shots that day, and it was a pity that they had a decisive shot. 10,348 spectators came to Suwon.