Professional soccer K-League 1 Incheon United won its first win in its first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) appearance in the club’s history.메이저사이트
Incheon won 4-2 in the first game against Yokohama F. Marinos (Japan) in Group G of the 2023-2024 ACL group stage held at Nissan Stadium in Japan on the 19th at 7 p.m. (Korean time).
Incheon had a good start. Eight minutes into the first half, Ichimori scored an own goal to take the lead 1-0.
The joy seemed to be short-lived as Nishimura scored the equalizer in the 17th minute of the first half, but Gerso scored again to take the lead in the 37th minute.
Yokohama, who entered the ACL as the J-League 1 champion last season, did not fall easily. In the 43rd minute of the first half, Miyaichi re-established the balance of the game.
Incheon struck again in the second half. In the 30th minute of the second half, Mboku intercepted the ball in the Incheon camp and advanced to the Yokohama camp. Afterwards, he connected to Hernández, who was located on the right side. After receiving this, Hernández succeeded in taking the lead again with a right-footed shot inside the opponent’s box.
Hernández caught the flow and immediately scored an additional goal. He intercepted the ball near the center circle, advanced to the front of the box, and once again hit Yokohama’s net with a powerful right-footed shot.
Incheon, who took the lead, began to strengthen it by substituting Moon Ji-hwan for Shin Jin-ho in the 39th minute of the second half. Neither team scored an additional goal, and Incheon took a good start with its first win in its first ACL appearance.
‘K League defending champion’ Ulsan, who played at home, also won 3-1 against Pathum United (Thailand) in the Group I schedule.
Ulsan took the lead with Martin Adam’s first goal in the 28th minute of the first half. The lead didn’t last long. Ryhan Stewart scored the equalizer in the 41st minute of the first half.
The home team took the lead again in the second half. Martin Adam scored consecutive goals in the 28th and 33rd minutes of the second half. Martin Adam scored a hat trick and gave the team its first ACL win.
Ulsan will also play the second game on the 3rd of next month. The second match will be played away to Kawasaki Frontale (Japan).
Meanwhile, there are changes to the ACL starting this season. The Spring Festival begins in the fall and continues until the spring of the following year, and the quota for foreign players has been expanded from 3+1 to 5+1.
Also, last year, the group stage was held in a neutral area due to COVID-19, but it will be played again in a home and away format. Incheon’s next ACL schedule is a home game against Kaya FC (Philippines) on the 3rd of next month.