The biggest topic of the K League 1 at the beginning of the 2023 season is by far the’promoted team blast’. Daejeon Hana Citizen and Gwangju FC, which stayed in the second division until last season, are shaking up the K-League 1 game by posting their names in the top ranks.

Daejeon, led by coach Lee Min-seong, produced the biggest surprise of the season by defeating Ulsan Hyundai 2-1 in the 7th round home game of the ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’ held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on April 16.

It was the first loss of the season for leading Ulsan, which had been on a 6-game winning streak since the opening. Ulsan lost the K-League opening record of 7 consecutive wins held by Suwon Samsung (1998) and Seongnam FC (2003), which was blocked by Daejeon. Daejeon defeated Ulsan for the first time in 12 years since August 20, 2011 (1-0 win), doubling the joy.

Daejeon ranked 3rd with a record of 4 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, with 14 points. It is only 4 points away from leader Ulsan (18 points) and only 1 point away from second place Pohang (15 points). In addition, the home undefeated (7 wins, 3 draws, 3 wins, 1 draw this season) record since the 35th round of the last K-League 2 has been extended to 10 games. 메이저놀이터

On the same day, Gwangju also defeated Daegu 4-3 after a slugfest. Gwangju took a 3-goal lead, but faced a crisis by allowing Daegu to tie the score with a fierce counterattack, but Ha Seung-woon’s winning goal in the 41st minute of the second half secured a valuable victory. After 4 wins and 3 losses, Gwangju climbed to 5th place with 12 points.

At the beginning of the season, strong players Jeonbuk (9th, 7 points), Suwon (12th, 2 points), Gangwon (11th, 3 points), Daegu (10th place, 6 points), etc. It is evaluated that the promotion of the promoted teams is providing fresh sights in a situation where they cannot avoid it. In a situation where the topicality was concentrated on some popular clubs, it is also working as a big favor for the K-League box office.

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