(MHN Sports Reporter Lee Kyu-won) In the fifth round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) group stage on Monday, professional soccer’s K League 1 Incheon United and Ulsan Hyundai kept their hopes of advancing to the round of 16 alive with side-by-side victories, while Jeonbuk Hyundai and Pohang Steelers won their respective matches on Monday to boost the chances of four teams reaching the round of 16.
Jeonbuk kept their hopes of advancing to the round of 16 in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) alive with a 2-0 win over Kitsch SC (Hong Kong) despite being outnumbered.
Pohang (15 points), who qualified for the round of 16 with four straight wins in four matches, extended their winning streak to five games with a 2-0 home victory in their Group J fifth match against Hanoi FC (Vietnam).
Jeonbuk overcame the adversity of Chung Tae-wook’s 45th-minute sending-off to earn a hard-fought 2-1 victory in the fifth match of Group F of the 2023-2024 ACL with Kichwa at Hong Kong Stadium in Hong Kong on Monday.
With three wins and two losses (9 points), Jeonbuk remained in second place with a one-point lead over leaders Bangkok United (10 points), who have played a game less. Kitchee (1 point) is in last place.
Jeonbuk took an early lead within two minutes of the first half kickoff.
Lee Dong-joon’s cross from the right flank found Baek Seung-ho in front of the goal, but when he couldn’t get a shot off, he pulled the ball back, which hit Park Jae-yong and found Moon Sun-min,
Moon rattled the Kitsch net with a quick right-footed shot from the front of the goal area.
Jeonbuk wasted a crucial scoring opportunity in the 28th minute when Park Seung-ho’s powerful left-footed shot from the front of the penalty area hit the right post of Kitsch.
After failing to capitalize on their chances, Jeonbuk scored another goal in the 38th minute through a one-man show by Song Min-gyu.
Song Min-gyu pressured Kitsch defender Andy Russell to steal the ball and rush to the goal, then finished with a right-footed shot from the front of the penalty area.
Jeonbuk was caught out of sorts in the 45th minute when central defender Jung Tae-wook was shown a red card and sent off.
After the goalkeeper failed to get a first touch on a long aerial ball, Jeong pushed down the onrushing Ruslan Mingazov, and the referee immediately ordered Jeong to leave the field for preventing a crucial goal scoring opportunity.
Jeonbuk, who started the second half with 10 men, nearly broke the deadlock in the 13th minute when a deflected ball hit the body of central defender Hong Jeong-ho and went into the net, but goalkeeper Kim Jeong-hoon flung himself to make the save.
Kitchee finally got the equalizer in the 34th minute. 무지개토토 도메인
Clayton’s cross from the right side of the penalty area was chested down by Michael, and Jakob Janzer slotted home with his right foot from the edge of the area.
Jeonbuk, who managed to hold off a late attack from Kitchee, were unlucky to see Lee Jun-ho’s right-footed shot from the penalty spot hit the post in stoppage time.