It was confirmed that Korean soccer, which was inferior to Japan in the national teams of each age group, is at least as strong in the league. It also had an advantage in enemy territory.
K-League 1 Ulsan Hyundai, Pohang Steelers, and Incheon United are ahead with 2 wins and 1 loss as a result of their away match against Japan J-League in the 2023/24 season Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League.
A total of four teams are participating in this season’s Asian Champions League, including Ulsan, Jeonbuk Hyundai, Pohang, and Incheon. Among these, the three teams Ulsan, Pohang, and Incheon were placed in the same group as the J-League teams in the group stage, and the Korea-Japan match was held.
Ulsan was tied with Kawasaki Frontale in Group I, while Incheon competed with Yokohama Marinos in Group G. Pohang met Urawa Red in Group J. With Incheon and Pohang achieving a nice away win while the group stage schedule was reached, Korea had the upper hand in the Korea-Japan match between clubs with 2 wins and 1 loss.
In particular, Incheon and Pohang won each at Yokohama and Saitama stadiums, which can be said to be the meccas of Japanese soccer, thereby establishing the pride of Korean soccer.
Incheon went away to Yokohama and won 4-2 in the first match of the group stage held on the 19th of last month. Incheon, who took the lead through an own goal in the 8th minute of the first half, gave up an equalizer to Takuma Nishimura in the 17th minute, but took the lead again with an additional goal from Gerso. Incheon, who conceded a goal to Ryo Miyaichi just before the end of the first half and allowed the score to be tied again, took the win by two goals thanks to multiple goals by Hernández in the 30th and 34th minutes of the second half.
Choi Kang-hee, the Korean coach of China’s Shandong Taishan, which will clash with Incheon on the 25th, was also surprised, saying, “Incheon won a big win in Yokohama.”
Pohang also defeated Urawa at Saitama Stadium. Pohang, who went away to Saitama on the 24th and played the third game of the group stage, recorded a 2-0 scoreless win, showing off the grandeur of the K-League. Jaehee Jeong scored one goal in the 22nd minute of the first half and Youngjun Ko scored one goal in the 4th minute of the second half, giving them an easy victory. In particular, it was encouraging that Urawa showed a perfect performance, not allowing a single effective shot.
Based on the victory in the Korea-Japan match, Incheon and Pohang are close to advancing to first place in the group. Pohang is leading by 5 points over 2nd place Urawa, and Incheon is also 3 points ahead of Yokohama.
Although Ulsan lost 0-1 in the away game against Kawasaki, they achieved unexpected results in their three away games in Japan.
Above all, it has an even more special meaning because Incheon and Pohang won in two places that are like the mecca of Japanese soccer.
Yokohama International Stadium was one of the stadiums that hosted the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup match and also hosted the final match between Germany and Brazil. It is a large stadium that can accommodate as many as 72,000 people, making it the largest in Japan. Since Incheon won in a place like this, it has a special meaning.
Saitama Stadium 2002 is the heart of Japanese soccer. It is the second largest stadium after Yokohama Stadium, and is the site of the Korea-Japan World Cup semifinals and the home stadium of Urawa, the winner of last season’s Asian Champions League. It is also the home stadium of the Japanese national soccer team. It is a place with the same symbolism as the Seoul World Cup Stadium in Korea.
There is another reason why it is good to see that the clubs gained an upper hand in the Korea-Japan match. In the recent match between Korea and Japan between national teams at each level, Korea was absolutely inferior. After winning 1-0 in the East Asian Cup in December 2019, they suffered the humiliation of five consecutive losses in the Korea-Japan match until July of this year. As the team suffered a 0-3 loss in all five games, there were voices questioning whether the gap between Japanese soccer and Korean soccer had widened.카지노사이트
Last August, the U-18 national team won 1-0 and broke the losing streak, but the U-15 national team bowed again with a crushing 0-4 loss. In the most recent match, the final of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, Korea won 2-1.
Although the Korea-Japan match attracted a lot of attention among the national teams with 2 wins and 6 losses in 8 games, it was proven through the 3 games away to Japan that the K-League of professional soccer is not inferior to the J-League.