Lee Myung-joo leaves with injury just before the end of the first half

“I’m more disappointed with Lee Myung-joo’s injury than the result.”

Incheon United, led by head coach Cho Sung-hwan, drew 1-1 with Pohang Steelers in the first match of the 34th and final round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Pohang Steelyard on Tuesday. Incheon improved to 49 points, but dropped to fifth place on goal difference behind fourth-place Jeonbuk Hyundai.

Gerso opened the scoring in the 26th minute of the first half, but they were unable to hold on to the lead as they allowed Zeca to equalize in the 33rd minute of the second half. After the game, Coach Cho said, “It was chilly away from home, and I want to thank the fans for their support. We prepared well to avoid a disappointing game in the final round, but the result is very disappointing. I wish we could have scored more goals in the first half. We will make improvements and play better.”

At the end of the first half, midfielder Lee Myung-joo went down with an injury. “He said he couldn’t play. We’ll have to get him checked out, and I think it’s a more disappointing injury than the result,” Cho lamented.

Nevertheless, Incheon played a solid defense against Pohang and did not allow a field goal. Coach Cho said, “Defense that pushes into the opponent’s zone requires physical strength and organization. We need to maintain our defense and play like we did in the first half to create many chances. In the second half, we sat down and let them take 사설토토 the initiative. We need to make sure that we can maintain our performance for the entire 90 minutes.”

Incheon will open their Asian Champions League (ACL) group stage at home against Shandong Taishan (China) on May 25. “After the A match, the result and performance were not good. We will be better against Shandong. The game against Pohang will probably be the medicine.”

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