Jeonbuk acting coach Kim Doo-hyun has a thrilling farewell game

Acting head coach Kim Doo-hyun (pictured) of professional soccer’s K League 1 Jeonbuk Hyundai scored an upset victory in his farewell match, ending his time at the helm of the club on a high note. Signature striker Cho Kyu-sung scored two goals in a resurgent performance to give the outgoing Kim a gift.

Jeonbuk conceded an early goal against Gangwon FC in the 18th round of the K League 1 at the Chuncheon Songam Sports Town Main Stadium on Nov. 11, but came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to a multi-goal performance from Cho Kyu-sung.안전놀이터

Jeonbuk, which was in eighth place before the match, won its first three consecutive matches of the season to move up to fifth place with 27 points.

The game also marked the final farewell for acting head coach Kim Doo-hyun. Jeonbuk recently hired new coach Dan Petrescu and announced a new start after a press conference on Thursday.

In a pre-match interview, Kim Doo-hyun was asked how he felt about leading the team after the resignation of coach Kim Sang-sik early last month, and he replied, “It was a good time for me. I had a good experience,” he said, adding, “A new coach with a lot of experience is coming. Jeonbuk is a capable team. I’m looking forward to Jeonbuk in the future.”

Kim, who took over when the team was ranked 11th, has turned things around with five wins, two draws, and one loss. “It’s not because I’m good, it’s because of the players. I was just a ‘coach’ as I have been emphasizing. The other coaches and staff helped me,” he said.

The game started off with a boring offensive battle. Both teams played a monotonous offense that relied on long kicks to see and hit strikers like Cho Kyu-sung, Hapa Silva (Jeonbuk), and Lee Jung-hyeop (Gangwon), who all have height advantages.

The 0-0 streak was broken just over a minute into the second half when Gangwon took the lead. Jeonbuk center back Chung Tae-wook’s kick from a Gangwon corner kick hit his thigh and went into the goal, resulting in an own goal.

But in the 13th minute of the second half, Cho Kyu-sung scored the equalizer. Ryu Je-moon played a through ball to the left side of the box, and Cho deftly broke the offside trap and calmly finished with his left foot when he was one-on-one with the keeper to level the score. Cho finished with his head in the 22nd minute. He got his head on a cross from left fullback Kim Jin-soo, and while the opposing defense hastily tried to clear it away, it deflected and went into the back of the net.

Gangwon could not keep their hopes of escaping the bottom half alive as substitute Gallego’s shot hit the post.

Acting head coach Kim Doo-hyun said after the game, “I’m grateful that the players didn’t rush into action when they were losing and implemented what they had prepared. Congratulations to the players for their third straight win.”

Third-ranked FC Seoul and second-ranked Pohang Steelers tied 1-1. Seoul took the lead in the 37th minute with a fantastic mid-range strike from Hwang Eui-jo, but Pohang equalized with a dramatic goal from Ha Chang-rae in second-half stoppage time.

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