Incheon United head coach Cho Sung-hwan has promised more victories in the future after a dramatic win.
Incheon secured a thrilling 2-1 victory over Suwon FC in the 28th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Suwon Sports Complex on Friday with a theatrical header from Oh Ban-seok in second-half stoppage time.
In front of 3,236 fans, Incheon took the lead in first-half stoppage time through Chun Sung-hoon’s fifth goal of the league, but conceded a header in the first minute of the second half to Suwon ace Lee Seung-woo. Just as the game was about to end in a 1-1 draw, Suwon gained a numerical advantage in the 42nd minute when substitute Lopez punched Kim Jun-yup in the face and was sent off directly.
In a last-ditch effort, Incheon scored a dramatic goal off a set piece in stoppage time. Shin Shin-ho’s cross was met by Incheon captain Oh Ban-seok, who leapt high to head home the ball to regain the lead. After the goal, Incheon players, including Oh Ban-seok, approached the away fans and shared their joy.
After the goal, the video assistant referee (VAR) checked the monitor screen outside the touchline, which made Incheon nervous, but it was ruled that there was no problem and the goal was recognized. It was a 2-1 victory for Incheon.
With the three points against Suwon, Incheon leapfrogged from sixth to fourth place in the league with 40 points (10W, 10D, 8L). Suwon, on the other hand, remains on 26 points (7W5D16L) and 10th place in the league.
Incheon’s dramatic win left fans in awe. Incheon battled for 120 minutes, including extra time, against Hai Phong FC in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League playoff first leg at the Incheon Football Stadium on April 22. In the end, Incheon won 3-1 thanks to goals from Chun Sung-hoon, Hernandez, and Gerso to advance to the group stage.
It was expected to be a tough match, as the team had used up a lot of energy in the midweek game, but Incheon came out on top and took home three valuable points.
“I didn’t think it would be an easy game, I thought it would be a difficult game, but I think the fans and members who traveled from far away made it happen,” said Cho at the press conference after the game.
“We will continue to give our fans a lot of fun and happiness so that we can get three valuable points to go all-in on the Champions League at the end of the season,” he said, adding, “In a game like today, the players know it’s an important game, so I took a relaxed approach, but I congratulate and thank them because they didn’t lose their focus and scored the goal.” 온라인바카라
Cho also addressed the “sinkhole” situation in the first half. During the game, a deep hole in the turf near the halfway line caused a brief stoppage of play while the hole was filled. This resulted in a whopping 12 minutes of first-half extra time.
“We talked about it on the bench,” said Cho. I thought it could be a distraction and change the outcome, so I said, ‘Let’s be more focused.