Head coach Cho Sung-hwan expressed his disappointment.
Incheon United drew 1-1 with FC Seoul in the 17th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at the Incheon Football Stadium on July 7 at 7:30 pm. With the win, Incheon leapfrogged into ninth place with four wins, seven draws, and six losses (19 points) 안전놀이터.
Incheon started well. In the 20th minute, Min Kyung-hyun played a through ball and Kim Bo-seop sent in a cross from the left flank. Gerso rattled the net with a left-footed volley. The first half ended with a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, however, Seoul pushed forward and gave up the equalizer. In the eighth minute of the second half, Ki Sung-yueng dribbled forward and sent a back-heeled pass that Hwang Eui-jo curled in front of the penalty arc. The ball took a fantastic trajectory and found the corner of the net. Incheon was unable to defend their lead, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
After the game, head coach Cho Sung-hwan said, “We missed another four chances to go on a winning streak at home. Anyway, the game didn’t go the way we wanted at first, but we conceded a goal because we ran out of energy after a missed pass in the first half and had problems in the second half. We will make amends quickly, recover, and go to the next game well prepared.”
Despite conceding a goal on the day, the stability of the defense stood out. However, Cho Sung-hwan was disappointed with what happened afterward. “It was a difficult situation because we lost the ball again and again after a stable defense,” he said.
Mpoku found the back of the net against Daejeon Hana Citizen and Jerso against Seoul. “It’s positive that we’re scoring through different players’ routes. I wish we could have capitalized on our counterattack chances, but we will try to score from more players and different routes.”
With one win and four draws in their last five league games, he added: “Goals are key. We should have created a situation today where we could have survived and won, but we didn’t.”