Traditional K League One powerhouse Jeonbuk Hyundai suffered a shock loss in Singapore.
Jeonbuk lost 0-2 away to Ryan City Sailors in the fourth match of their 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Group F qualifier at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore at 7:00 p.m. ET on Monday. After failing to create much of a chance throughout the match, Jeonbuk was brought to its knees after conceding a goal in each half.레모나토토 주소
Jeonbuk was still reeling from a 2-4 upset loss in the FA Cup final against Pohang Steelers last weekend. The sweltering weather and the fact that the game was played on artificial turf left the players exhausted after 90 minutes. In the second half, Gustavo missed a penalty kick that could have been the game-winner.
Speaking at the official post-match press conference, Petrescu said, “Everything didn’t go exactly the way Jeonbuk wanted. The pitch, the injuries, the fatigue of the players, everything didn’t go their way. Ryan City played in good form after not playing an official match for a long time. They did a good job.”
Jeonbuk made a 30-minute substitution in the first half and two more at the start of the second half. “Jung Woo-jae was injured, and Baek Seung-ho was also injured, so we made a substitution. Gustavo’s injury came at the end of the 90th minute, so it may be normal to not have a substitution card at that time.”
Jeonbuk has been on a bad run of form lately. They reached Final A in the league, but slipped off the top step in the FA Cup. “When you lose the lead in the final, it’s demoralizing and has a big impact,” says Petrescu. The players played their hearts out, so we’ll have to find a way to change the mood,” said Petrescu.
The loss puts a cloud over his hopes of reaching the round of 16. Before the tournament started, he said they were drawn in an easy group, but when the lid was lifted, it was different. “I’m not surprised,” he said. It’s a good team and Ryan City has five good foreign players. The local players are national team players. It’s the same with the other teams. We had a six-hour flight after losing the FA Cup final, so there was a lot of fatigue.”
“We don’t have much time. We have another six-hour flight back to Incheon. We need to recover well before the game against Incheon. The only way is to win. A win is the surest way to change this atmosphere.”
Jeonbuk had a tough time playing on the artificial turf today. “It’s huge. It was probably the main factor in our defeat. I don’t know why we have to play on artificial turf in a prestigious competition like the Champions League, but the rules are the rules. I don’t know why we have to play on artificial turf when other teams play on natural turf,” he said, expressing his dissatisfaction.
Jeonbuk now needs to win all three of its remaining league matches to qualify for next season’s ACL. They also need to win their remaining two matches to reach the ACL round of 16. “In the ACL stage, we need to win the away game in Kitchee and the home game in Bangkok to reach the round of 16. The league also needs to win all three of its remaining games to have a chance of playing in the ACL Elite or ACL2 next season. “I have faith in the quality of the players, but the key is to recover from the short time between games.
“We played on artificial turf and the players were demoralized, but we have to give credit to our opponent, Ryan City. They defended well and didn’t give us any space. A job well done is a job well done,” he concluded the press conference.