Daejeon Hana Citizen defeated Anbangseo FC Seoul in a seven-goal thriller in the K League 1.
Daejeon defeated Seoul 4-3 in their Hana OneQ K League 2023 Round 26 home match at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on March 13.
With nine wins, nine draws, and eight losses (36 points), Daejeon moved up two spots in the standings from eighth to sixth. With four games without a win (two draws), Seoul remained in fourth place with 10 points (eight draws), but will be chased by the mid-table.
Daejeon went into halftime with a 2-1 lead over Seoul after Thiago recorded a first-half multi-goal performance and Willian pulled one back.
The highlight of the match came in the second half. Four goals were scored in the 41st minute of the second half alone, creating a thrilling finish.
First, Daejeon made it 3-1 in the 41st minute with a goal from Bae Jun-ho on the counterattack. It was a goal that could have been the game-winner as time expired in regulation.
However, Seoul responded in the 43rd minute when Han Seung-kyu scored on a volley from an angle.
Daejeon then rallied. In the 45th minute, Kang Yoon-sung scored with a turning shot after beating two defenders to make it a two-goal game. Seoul pulled one back in the 48th minute when Ilyuchenko scored again after his penalty kick was saved by the goalkeeper.
In a back-and-forth match, Daejeon eventually won 4-3 in Anbang.
In a match between Incheon United and Daegu FC at the Incheon Football Stadium, Incheon won 3-1 thanks to the return of striker Mugosa.
Incheon finished with nine wins, nine draws, and eight losses (36-29 goals), tied with Daejeon (39) for seventh place but behind on goal difference. Daegu finished ninth with 8 wins, 10 draws, and 8 losses (34 points).
Mugosa, who returned to his family in the summer transfer window after playing for Vissel Kobe (Japan), scored a comeback goal in just his second game back. He opened the scoring for Daegu in the 22nd minute with a calm curling shot from inside the penalty box.
After Mugosa’s goal, Incheon was energized. Moon Ji-hwan’s header in the 31st minute and Jerso’s wedge goal in the 46th minute gave Incheon a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Daegu pulled a goal back in the 38th minute 사설토토 when Sejingya slid the ball back in off a goalkeeper’s save on a penalty kick opportunity, but they had neither the energy nor the time to push for more.
The match between Pohang Steelers and Gwangju FC at the Pohang Steel Yard ended in a 1-1 draw.
Pohang took the lead in the 20th minute, scoring his eighth goal of the season, but Gwangju responded with a late equalizer from Timo in the 22nd minute to settle for a draw.
Second-placed Pohang, which improved to 12 wins, 10 draws and four losses (46 points), narrowed the gap to 11 points on leaders Ulsan (57 points), who were held to no points by Gangwon FC the previous day.