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Director Choi Won-kwon “I asked Lee Ki-hyung to send Lee Ho-jae to Daegu…”

 Choi Won-kwon, coach of Daegu FC, missed all the victories. It was because he couldn’t stop Lee Ho-jae (23, Pohang), the ‘son of director Lee Ki-hyung’.

Daegu lost 2-3 in the 2023 Hana One Q K League 1 away opening game against Pohang Steelers held at Pohang Steel Yard on the 26th.토토사이트

As coach Choi predicted, Daegu used the strategy of ‘counterattacking after players’ defense’. I gave up on ball possession and went down to the extreme when defending, trying to make a quick counterattack by taking advantage of the opportunity for the opponent to make a mistake. Until the middle of the second half, that strategy worked well. Amid the performance of Ko Jae-hyun, who scored 1 goal and 1 assist, they led 2-1 until the middle of the second half. However, in the 32nd minute of the second half, Lee Ho-jae, who was replaced by Jeka, could not be properly blocked. After 7 minutes, the equalizer was scored, and the goal was reversed in extra time in the second half.

After the game, coach Choi said, “The opening match is always difficult. I expected a difficult game. I didn’t think about the outcome. Pohang played like Pohang. I tried to stop the opponent from doing well in my own way. Small mistakes turned into big results. It came. There should have been more counterattacks that we are good at. It’s a pity that we didn’t.”

Regarding Lee Ho-jae, who allowed two goals, he said, “I once told senior Lee Ki-hyung to send Lee Ho-jae to Daegu. He is a good player. He has both strength and skills. I lost because I couldn’t stop a threatening player.”

The come-from-behind defeat on this day hurts, but what hurts even more was the injury of Hong Chul. In the 11th minute of the first half, while competing with Oberdan, Hong Chul grabbed his knee and fell to the ground. Hong Chul was put back in after being treated by medical staff, but collapsed on his own. Eventually, he was replaced with Jang Seong-won. Director Choi said, “I haven’t received a report from the team doctor yet. I hope it’s not a big injury.”

The scene of the last come-from-behind goal also remained regrettable. There were deflected parts, but goalkeeper Oh Seung-hun’s mistake was also fatal. Coach Choi encouraged him, saying, “It’s a past mistake. Seung-hoon will continue to play. I hope this is his first and last mistake this year.”

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