The two promoted teams won the first match of the K-League 1 side by side. it’s the first time
Before the start of this season, two teams from K League 2 were promoted to K League 1. Last season’s K-League 2 winner Gwangju FC and runner-up Daejeon Hana Citizen held promotion tickets. Gwangju won direct promotion and Daejeon won 2 matches against Kim Cheon in the promotion playoffs and came up to the top.
Gwangju played its first match of the 2023 season against Suwon Samsung at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 25th. Gwangju was busy blocking Suwon’s offensive from the beginning. Ko Seung-beom’s volley shot was blocked by goalkeeper Kim Kyung-min. Kim Bo-kyung’s shot was also knocked out by Kim Kyung-min with a super save. In the second half, even Akosti’s shot was blocked by Kim Kyung-min.
Gwangju’s replacement card hit. In the 20th minute of the second half, Gwangju replaced Thomas and replaced Asani. Asani is a side striker from Albania, an Eastern European country that has newly entered the K-League this season. Asani split the Suwon net with a left-footed shot in the 43rd minute of the second half. With this valuable goal, Gwangju won the opening match.
At the K League 1 Media Day held right before the opening, Gwangju coach Lee Jeong-hyo said, “Our goal is not to stay. We will show Suwon fans our soccer in the opening game.” As he said, Gwangju defeated Suwon with solid defense and quick counterattacks.
Daejeon was won relatively easily. They beat Gangwon FC 2-0 at the Daejeon World Cup Stadium on the 26th. Thiago scored the first goal in the 11th minute of the first half, and in the 22nd minute Leandro scored the second goal from a similar position. Daejeon, which was promoted to the first division after 8 years, announced a splendid comeback in front of 18,000 home spectators. 메이저사이트
Daejeon coach Lee Min-seong said, “I only thought about winning. The most important thing for him was to pay for the pain he suffered 2 years ago. He wiped away the tears of the fans.” The ‘pain two years ago’ mentioned by coach Lee is the 2021 promotion playoff away game in Gangwon. At that time, Daejeon was frustrated at the threshold of promotion due to a 1-4 come-from-behind defeat to Gangwon.
Since 2013, when the promotion system was introduced in the K-League, it is not uncommon for two teams to be promoted in one year. Only 2 teams were promoted for 5 seasons until 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020 and 2021. Looking at the opening matches of these five seasons, the two promoted teams have never won. There were more draws or losses than wins. It is that difficult for a promoted team to win the opening game.
When listing the 12 teams in the first division prior to the start of the new season, they are often lined up in order of ranking from last season. Promoted teams are naturally listed last. They are called the ‘youngest team’, and this season, the youngest teams had an accident from the first game. Gwangju and Daejeon, who won one each, face FC Seoul and Incheon United respectively in the second round.