The Pohang Steelers advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2023 Hana OneQ FA Cup with a 3-0 away win over Seongnam FC in the round of 16 at Tancheon Sports Complex in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, at 7 p.m. on April 24.
The match drew attention as a ‘father-son’ match. Seongnam head coach Lee Ki-hyung, the ‘father’, took on Pohang, whose ‘son’, Lee Ho-jae, started as a striker. 안전놀이터
But as the saying goes, no parent beats their child, and it was the son who had the last laugh. Lee Ho-jae made it 2-0 in the 28th minute of the first half after Pohang took a 1-0 lead, finishing with his right foot after receiving a pass from Ko Young-joon in the Seongnam half. Then, in the 14th minute of the second half, Lee received a cutback pass from Kim Seung-dae and once again found the back of the net with his right foot to seal the 3-0 victory.
Thus, Seongnam coach Lee Ki-hyung’s FA Cup journey this season came to a halt in the round of 16 thanks to a multi-goal performance from his son, Lee Ho-jae. It was a sobering match, even for the father-son duo.
Of course, neither man was happy about it. “I’m happy to have scored multiple goals and won, but I had mixed emotions when I saw my father’s back,” Lee Ho-jae said after the game. “I was excited before the game, but when it was over, I thought, ‘I don’t want to play a game like this again,'” said coach Lee Ki-hyung.
It was an FA Cup Round of 16 match with mixed feelings for the father-son duo, who met as opponents in the fierce professional world.