The first East Coast Derby to be held on the way to the championship for the second year in a row
This season, Pohang has an advantage with 3 K League unbeaten games (2 wins and 1 draw)
|▲ Ulsan Hyundai announced that they will play the 2021 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League semi-final against Pohang at Jeonju World Cup Stadium at 7 pm on the 20th.|
Ulsan Hyundai will play the East Coast Derby against Pohang Steelers for the first time ever on the Asian stage.
Ulsan Hyundai (Director Hong Myung-bo) announced that the 2021 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) semi-final will be played against Pohang at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium at 7 pm on the 20th.
Ulsan Hyundai, which was the Asian champion last season, continues its race this season. They passed the group stage with six wins and defeated Japan’s J-League 1 leader Kawasaki Frontale on penalties in the round of 16. In the quarterfinals, they met Jeonbuk at the ACL for the first time in 15 years since 2006 and won 3-2 with Lee Dong-kyung’s fantastic mid-range goal after an overtime struggle.
Ulsan will play their first East Coast derby in the ACL against Pohang, who came up after defeating Nagoya Grampus. As the record of 170 matches, 57 wins, 51 draws and 62 losses in the league indicates, Ulsan met Pohang numerous times. It is also recognized as one of Asia’s top rival matches by FIFA. It was so intense and created an exciting story.
After taking over as manager Hong Myung-bo, Ulsan has been showing a strong side to their rivals. Not only has Jeonbuk erased the shadow of Jeonbuk with 4 matches undefeated (2 wins, 2 draws) against Jeonbuk, but it is also unbeaten in 3 league matches (2 wins, 1 draw) in Pohang this season. On March 13, they drew 1-1 at Pohang, but on May 22, they won 1-0 at home with a free-kick goal from Yoon Bitgaram. On September 21, Sehun Oh and Baco’s consecutive goals in the away set the flag on the field.
Now, with Asian fans watching beyond Korea, this is an opportunity to show that Ulsan is the real owner of the East Coast. Recently, Ulsan has been on an upward trend with four consecutive wins, including the K League and ACL. Lee Dong-kyung took the lead in victory with two consecutive goals in the match against Jeonbuk following Suwon FC away on the 2nd. Georgia Express Barco has been showing the true value of a middle riser with 4 goals in the last 5 games. Il-rok Yoon recharged his confidence by scoring his debut goal in Ulsan ACL against Jeonbuk. With the captain Lee Cheong-yong returning from injuries, he faces Pohang on good news.
Manager Hong Myung-bo said, “I will do my best to recover and prepare for the next game. We will work together as a team and have a good game,” and Lee Dong-kyung, who advanced to the semi-finals, said, “I was happy to win in front of the fans who came all the way to cheer. All players will come together as one to bring good results.”
Reporter Park Ki-min
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