‘Montenegrin Bomber’ Mugosa (31-Incheon United) made a spectacular comeback.
Mugosa scored a goal and an assist to lead Incheon to a 3-1 victory over Daegu FC in the 26th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 at the Incheon Football Stadium on Wednesday. Incheon finished seventh with nine wins, nine draws and eight losses, and 36 points. They are tied with sixth-placed Daejeon Hana Citizens (9W9D8L) for the final Group A spot, while trailing fourth-placed FC Seoul and fifth-placed Gwangju FC (both on 38 points).
Four wins (and one loss) in their last five matches is encouraging, but Mugosa’s performance has been particularly welcome. After a disappointing first half despite aggressive reinforcements, Incheon coach Cho Sung-hwan’s biggest concern was the lack of firepower. They had Gerso and Hernandez, but they were 2% short.
Cho turned to Mugosa, who played for Incheon from 2018 to June last year. After four and a half seasons in the K League 1, where he collected 68 goals and 10 assists (129 games), he moved to Vissel Kobe (Japan) with an offer that was hard to refuse, but he failed to adapt. Incheon and Mugosa wanted each other. 토토사이트
There was no need for an adjustment period. Mugosa filled the void left by Hernandez, who was briefly sidelined with a hamstring injury. After warming up against Jeonbuk Hyundai on the 6th, he took a pass from Jerso in Daegu and set up Jerso for a crucial penetrating pass for the second goal, 417 days after his hat-trick against Gangwon FC on June 22 last year. After the game, he said: “It was a great game. I’m still under a lot of pressure, but I have great teammates. I can help and be helped,” he said.
Mugosa’s performance is a great energy boost for the team. It’s a positive spark for the offense and a healthy dose of nervousness. The Incheon bench has a happy dilemma. Incheon’s bench has a happy dilemma: they can put anyone on the field and make life difficult for their opponents.
Moreover, Incheon has several birds in a row, including the league and FA Cup. Right now, they have an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League playoff first leg against Hai Phong FC (Vietnam) at Anbang on the 22nd. Luckily, Incheon is traditionally strong in the fall. Mugosa’s return comes at just the right time.