Daejeon Hana Citizen is aiming for two consecutive league victories based on strong offensive power. If you win the Daegu expedition, you can go up to 2nd place.
Daejeon Hana Citizen will play the 8th round of ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’ against Daegu FC at DGB Daegu Bank Park at 4:30 pm on the 22nd. Currently, Daejeon is in 3rd place in the league (14 points) with 4 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss from 7 matches.
Last round, Daejeon brought a victory that would shake the K-League 1 game. The ‘defending champion’ Ulsan Hyundai, who was running 6 consecutive wins after the opening, was called home. It was a formidable opponent, but the Daejeon players showed tremendous potential. As soon as the kick-off whistle blew, Ulsan began to press hard. And in the ninth minute of the first half, he scored the opening goal. Lee Hyun-shik and Thiago harassed the Ulsan defense, and the ball flowed to Lee Jin-hyun. Lee Jin-hyun immediately shook the net with a fantastic left-footed kick.
It didn’t end here. In the match against the tide, right before the end of the first half when the score was balanced 1-1, Lee Hyun-sik even scored an additional goal with an elaborate shot. Daejeon players maintained their concentration until the end. At the end of the second half, Ulsan launched an offensive, but thanks to a fantastic save show by goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun, the ‘guardian of Daejeon’, they won 2-1.
Daejeon is showing a blast from the promoted team at the beginning of the season. After the opening, Daejeon, which ran an undefeated march in 5 games (3 wins, 2 draws) and put its name on the top ranks, created a surprise by capturing Ulsan in first place. The victory on this day washed away the regret of the defeat against Suwon FC and at the same time continued the undefeated record (7 wins, 3 draws) of 10 home matches that continued from last season.
Daejeon’s next opponent is Daegu. Daegu has not won in the last 3 league games (1 draw, 2 losses) and has allowed 12 runs in 7 games since the opening. On the other hand, Daejeon ranks first in the K-League 1 with 16 points in 7 matches. With strong attack power, they face Daegu, which they meet for the first time in 7 years.
In particular, Daejeon won their last victory against Daegu in August 2014. Based on the confidence regained by the victory against Ulsan, he is determined to give Daegu its first defeat in nine years. There is another reason to aim for victory in this game. While Daejeon is currently ranked 3rd in the league, 1st place Ulsan and 2nd place Pohang will face off on the same day. The difference between Daejeon and Pohang is only 1 point. If Daegu wins and Pohang draws or loses, Daejeon can rise to second place. A win against Daegu is essential to solidify the lead.
The player who will present victory to Daejeon is Lee Jin-hyun. Jinhyun Lee made his professional debut in 2018 in Pohang. He also has experience playing for a year in Daegu, the opponent of this match. Before joining Daejeon, he scored 7 goals and 3 assists in 58 K-League 1 matches. Lee Jin-hyun, who joined Daejeon ahead of the 2021 season, quickly established himself as a key midfielder. 먹튀검증
In particular, last season, he recorded 6 goals and 5 assists in 29 games, including the K-League promotion playoff against Sangmu Kim, and played an active part in the promotion. Lee Jin-Hyun is able to infuse creativity into attacks due to his excellent kicking power, and above all, is highly utilized in set-piece situations. His recent condition is also at its peak. Lee Jin-hyun scored 2 goals and 4 assists in 7 K-League 1 games, and is tied for first place in the league in assists and attack points. He scored the opening goal against Ulsan last time with a fantastic shot and was selected as the best player in the 7th round of the K-League 1.
Head coach Lee Min-seong expressed his determination ahead of the Daegu expedition, saying, “As we are facing two consecutive away matches against Daegu and Jeonbuk, we need to know the first button well. Through good results against Daegu, we will prepare well so that we can continue our momentum to Jeonbuk.”