Ulsan-Jeonbuk, 1st and 2nd place in ‘5 points difference’, two consecutive matches of fate

Players from 6 teams are posing at the ‘Hana One Q K-League 1 2022 Final Round Media Day’ held at Nurikum Square in Mapo-gu, Seoul. From left: Jeju United Jeongun, Pohang Steelers Shin Jinho, Ulsan Hyundai Lee Cheongyong, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Song Beomgeun, Incheon United Oh Banseok, Gangwon FC Kim Donghyun. 2022.09.28. news
Ulsan and Jeonbuk, who are running 1st and 2nd in the K-League 1 (1st division) of professional soccer, will play two consecutive matches that will decide the fate of this season.

The two teams will face off to advance to the final in the Hana OneQ FA Cup semifinals held at Ulsan Munsu Stadium on the 5th. Ulsan will challenge for the first time in five years after winning the 2017 championship, and Jeonbuk will challenge for the first time in two years after 2020. Ulsan’s 2017 trophy is the only FA Cup title. Jeonbuk has lifted the championship trophy four times. Depending on the FA Cup results, both teams can expect a double (two championships).

On the 8th, three days after the FA Cup semi-final, the two teams will meet again in the 35th round of K League 1 Final Group A at the same place. This is the last match between the two teams in the league this season. As of the 4th, Ulsan is in first place with 69 points (20 wins, 9 draws and 5 losses) in K League 1, and Jeonbuk is trailing behind with 64 points (18 wins, 10 draws and 6 losses). Both teams have four games left. Depending on the results of the match on the 8th, Ulsan could widen the gap and take one step closer to winning the league for the first time in 12 years, or Jeonbuk could build a stepping stone for a comeback victory and raise hopes for a sixth consecutive league victory.

Ulsan, which has won the K-League twice so far, has not won a championship since 2005. Jeonbuk won the first five consecutive K-League titles last year, winning the ninth in their career. Ulsan is determined to defy the pain of being runners-up for three consecutive years until last season after being pushed to Jeonbuk this year. Jeonbuk are aiming for a comeback championship this year as well.

Ulsan and Jeonbuk have recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss in 3 league matches this season. Wonsang Um (Ulsan) and Barrow (Jeonbuk) each scored two goals in three matches. Ulsan manager Hong Myung-bo said at the Final Round Media Day held on the 28th of last month, “The goal is to win five final rounds.” Jeonbuk coach Kim Sang-sik also said that he would challenge the championship with five wins in the final round. Both teams won their first match of the final round.

By Kim Dong-wook, staff reporter [email protected]

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