Pohang defeated Seongnam FC 3-0 behind a two-goal performance from Lee Ho-jae in the round of 16 of the 2023 Hana OneQ Korea Football Association (FA) Cup at Tancheon Sports Complex at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Pohang, who punched their ticket to the quarterfinals, will face the winner of Gimpo FC-Gangwon FC.
The hosts lined up in a 4-1-4-1 formation. Denilson started up front, supported by Shin Jae-won, Park Sang-hyuk, Ahn Jin-beom, and Jeon Sung-soo. The defense was protected by Yang Si-Hoo, while Kook Tae-Jung, Yoo Seon-Yeon, Cho Sung-Wook, and Lee Ji-Hoon formed the back four. Kim Young-kwang was in goal.
The visitors Pohang lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Lee Ho-jae leading the attack and Kim Seung-dae, Ko Young-joon, and Kim In-sung in the second line. Kim Jun-ho and Oberdan held the midfield, while Kim Yong-hwan, Park Chan-yong, Ha Chang-rae, and Shin Kwang-hoon formed the defense. Hwang In-jae wore the goalkeeping gloves.
Pohang took an early lead. They scored the first goal in the ninth minute on a set play. Ha Chang-rae headed in the ball from a corner kick by Go Young-joon. Three minutes later, Shin Kwang-hoon’s cross was headed by Ko Young-joon, but it went wide.
Seongnam also fought back. In the 18th minute, the ball was intercepted in the opponent’s zone. Ahn Jin-beom connected with a mid-range shot from Jeon Sung-soo, but it went straight at the keeper. Three minutes later, Denilson’s shot from an angle was blocked by the keeper.
After surviving the crisis, Pohang made one more run. In the 27th minute, Ko Young-joon broke through with a slick move inside the penalty box. 먹튀검증 He cut the ball back and Lee Ho-jae slotted it home. He tasted the goal in front of his father, Seongnam coach Lee Ki-hyung.
Seongnam and Pohang exchanged offense. In the 31st minute, Ahn Jin-beom took a shot on a loose ball from a corner kick, but it floated slightly over the top. In the 34th minute, Kim In-sung’s cross was collected by Lee Ho-jae with his chest and he tried to turn and shoot, but it went wide.
Seongnam made a change at the start of the second half. They took off Ahn Jin-beom and Yoo Sun and brought on Park Tae-joon and Patrick. Seongnam launched a strong offense. Less than a minute in, Park Tae-joon’s exquisite penetrating pass found Shin Jae-won, but his shot was blocked.
In the first minute, Shin Jae-won’s cross was blocked by the goalkeeper. Park Sang-hyuk’s next shot was blocked by the defense’s physical defense. Seongnam’s determination to catch up was strong. A minute later, Shin Jae-won headed in a cross from Kook Tae-jung. Goalkeeper Hwang In-jae made a fingertip save to deny the goal.
Once again, Pohang did not miss the opportunity that came after the crisis. In the 13th minute of the second half, they broke down the opponent’s defense with a fantastic linking pass. Lee Ho-jae received a pass from Kim Seung-dae and calmly beat one defender to find the back of the net.
Seongnam didn’t have much luck with the goal. In the 33rd minute of the second half, Jeon Sung-soo took advantage of an opponent’s mistake. Park Chan-yong cleared the ball away from the empty goal.
Pohang countered right back. A minute later, Cho Jae-hoon’s heel shot was blocked by the goalkeeper. From the ensuing corner kick, Lee Ho-jae found the back of the net with a header but was ruled offside.
No further goals were scored after that. Pohang held on to their three-goal lead to advance to the FA Cup quarterfinals.