Jeonbuk Hyundai played to a 1-1 draw against Incheon United in the 36th round of the Hana One Q K League 2023 at the Incheon Football Stadium at 2 p.m. on April 12.
Jeonbuk was unable to gain the upper hand against Incheon. They were unfortunate to concede threatening moments throughout the match.
Jeonbuk struggled to find the back of the net, but a lack of tactical precision prevented them from doing so.레모나토토 도메인
Jeonbuk’s sloppiness led to an early goal. They conceded a goal to Kim Do-hyuk in the 15th minute of the second half.
Jeonbuk pulled the reins for a comeback after Park Jae-yong equalized with a header seven minutes later, but to no avail.
Jeonbuk was in desperate need of a win against Incheon. In the previous day’s match, third-placed Gwangju FC drew with Daegu FC, leaving the way open for the chase.
Jeonbuk had a golden opportunity to take three points and move to within two points of third-place Gwangju after successfully hunting down Incheon, but they couldn’t capitalize.
They turned the table on Daegu and kicked themselves in the teeth.
There’s a reason Jeonbuk is hanging on to third place. The club will qualify for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League Elite (ACLE) next season.
If Jeonbuk finishes fourth, they will be able to compete in the ACL2, which is a lower tier of the ACLE and therefore less likely to have the full backing of parent company Hyundai.
Jeonbuk was unable to regain the trophy it lost earlier this season when it fell behind in the race for the K League 1 title.
After swallowing their disappointment, Jeonbuk hoped to win the FA Cup to continue their 10th consecutive trophy, but their hopes were dashed by the Pohang Steelers.
It was the first time in 10 years that Jeonbuk was unsuccessful. The team is also unlikely to qualify for the ACLE next season.
The efficiency management that Jeonbuk had been emphasizing since the new president took over hasn’t worked, and the club spent more money than ever to turn things around this season.
However, the money was wasted. There is nothing left. They missed out on the K League 1 and FA Cup. Qualification for next season’s ACLE is in jeopardy.