“It was my best performance since taking over.”
Dan Petrescu’s Jeonbuk Hyundai cruised to a 3-0 victory over Ryan City (Singapore) in their 2023-2024 Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL) Group F match at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on Friday. Jun Amano opened the scoring in the fifth minute of the first half, followed by an own goal in the 33rd minute and a late goal from Sun-min Moon in the 12th minute to secure a comfortable three-goal victory.카지노사이트
It was a dominant win. Jeonbuk dominated the ball possession with 57% to 43%. They were outshot by nearly six times, 17 to 3. They had an 8-to-1 advantage in shots on goal. It was a win in every sense of the word.
Despite the lower quality of the opposition, Jeonbuk had won 2-1 against Kitchee SC (Hong Kong) at the same venue just over a month ago. The difference in performance and result is huge. It was an encouraging win for Jeonbuk. Coach Petrescu said, “It was an important game and I am satisfied with our performance. We created a lot of chances. I think I played my best game since I took over. Our attitude was good, and there were a lot of positives. There are only good things to take away from the game.” It was also a victory for Jeonbuk, who didn’t start any of their main players, including Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-kyu, and Han Kyowon.
It’s been four months since Jeonbuk scored three goals in a game and won by three goals in the FA Cup against Gwangju FC on June 28. Since then, Jeonbuk has struggled in the K League 1 and ACL. They nearly dropped to the Final B and suffered a shocking loss to Bangkok United in Thailand on June 4.
Despite the crisis, Jeonbuk has turned things around. Jeonbuk joined Final A in dramatic fashion with a win over FC Seoul on Aug. 8. This past weekend, they won their first game of the Final Round on the road against Daegu FC. That’s three straight wins if you count the one against Ryan City. This is their first three-game winning streak in official matches in almost 100 days since early July.
It may be late, but Jeonbuk’s rise has come when it matters most. Jeonbuk is battling with Gwangju for third place in the Hyundai K League 1. Gwangju is in third place with 57 points, while Jeonbuk is five points behind with 52 points. It’s a big gap, but there’s still hope for an upset with head-to-head matches remaining. More importantly, the FA Cup semifinals will be held on November 1. This is the most important date for Jeonbuk after missing out on the K League 1 title. The ACL group stage continues through December. Still, it’s a positive to be alive.
Baek Seung-ho said, “As long as we keep up the good momentum, we will go as high as we can in the K League 1. In the FA Cup, we have to try to win it no matter what. Our goal is to win all the remaining matches this year.”