2nd place that can’t catch up, 1st place that can’t run away…Ulsan, the ‘first-tier’ that needs ‘Plus Alpha’

 I can neither chase nor run away. The leading and runner-up groups are drawing parallel lines. It is a great marriage right below, but the battle for the lead is at a standstill.

2nd place Pohang Steelers took 스포츠토토 the stage on the 4th first. In the away game against FC Seoul, it was a 2-2 draw. It was an opportunity for Ulsan Hyundai, the ‘absolute first round’, to further widen the score gap. However, in the away game against Daegu FC on the 5th, he could not laugh as he recorded a goalless draw. The difference between Ulsan (57 points) and Pohang (45 points) remained at 12 points. A double-digit gap, Ulsan still has room to spare. But it’s too early to pop the champagne.

A bigger concern is the performance that was not as good as before. The vacancy of Park Yong-woo, the ‘nucleus of the midfielder’, is felt more and more. Ulsan continued their unstoppable march, recording 6 consecutive wins twice and 5 consecutive wins once. It seemed as if they were pre-booking their first two-game losing streak in the team’s history.

But he said he didn’t know where he was, but he knew where he was. After Park Yong-woo left, they recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 4 games, and are facing the first ‘crisis’ of the season. It was the same with Daegu. Ulsan met Daegu twice this season and won 3-0 and 3-1, respectively. In particular, on May 5, the jinx of the Daegu expedition was also broken.

However, there was no gorgeous Ulsan. 71 to 29, the ball share did not change much, but there was no eye-catching play. Park Yong-woo’s position was filled by Kim Min-hyeok. He worked with Lee Kyu-sung again. Lee Dong-gyeong stood right above him.

In the previous round, against Jeju on the 21st of last month (2-1 win), Kim Min-hyeok scored the first goal and Lee Dong-gyeong scored the winning goal, but this day was different. It was hard to find a way out of the opponent’s net defense. In order to break down the dense defense, rapid adjustment is essential, but the development of the attack was predictable. Creative movement fell.

Rather, the ball was cut off in the center and faced a counterattack crisis several times. As always, Daegu dealt with Ulsan with ‘defense first, then counterattack’. Sesingya, Edgar, and Baselus formed a triangular formation. In the 24th minute of the second half, it was a situation that was no different from conceding. Cezinya, Edgar, and Cezinya again followed by Baselus. It was ‘great luck’ for Ulsan that Baselus’ shot brushed the crossbar and cut through the air.

Captain Jeong Seung-hyeon was also ‘in the ok’. In the 20th minute of the first half, he almost received a red card for pushing an opponent roughly in a corner kick situation by Ulsan. It was only a warning at the end of the video review (VAR), but it was an unnecessary scene. However, in preparation for the opponent’s counterattack, Kim Ki-hee was put in in the 33rd minute of the second half, and Kim Young-kwon and Jung Seung-hyun experimented with a three-back, which was a ‘small income’.

All the teams meeting Ulsan are aiming for ‘extraordinary’. He also knows the attacking points. Of course, Ulsan knows the opponent, but from now on, ‘plus alpha’ is needed. Only then can the summit get closer.

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