‘Heuryul’s late stoppage-time winner’ Gwangju defeats unbeaten Elanders to reach FA Cup quarterfinals

Gwangju FC maintained its unbeaten record against Seoul Eland in the 2023 Hana OneQ Korea Football Association (FA) Cup.

Gwangju won their FA Cup Round of 16 match against Seoul Eland 1-0 on Thursday at Mokdong Sports Complex in Seoul thanks to Heo Yul’s goal in stoppage time. Gwangju (9th place, 15 points, 4 wins, 3 losses, 7 draws), who were promoted to the K League 1 this season after a steep start to the season, have found a way out of their slump through the FA Cup. The victory secured their place in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, while continuing to be a formidable foe against Eland, who have never lost in their 13 previous meetings (10 wins, 3 draws).먹튀검증

Both teams struggled to get into the opposition’s half in the early stages of the game. It was the pacey home side that had the better of the chances. The home side, unbeaten in their last four games (three wins and a draw), were in high spirits. Bruno’s shot in the 25th minute was particularly disappointing, as a cross from the left flank was deflected by a defender and found its way to Bruno. Bruno held onto the ball and fired a shot that was saved by Gwangju goalkeeper Lee Jun.

Gwangju’s final pass that would lead to the decisive shot was inaccurate. In the 38th minute, on a corner kick, Lee Land goalkeeper Moon Jung-in missed the ball, leaving the goal open, but the defense cleared it away first.

Gwangju, who had managed to withstand Eland’s strong forwards, prepared for a ‘one-two’ in the 33rd minute by introducing specialist Lee Eum, who had returned from a long injury with a good left-footed kick. Three minutes later, Ha Seung-woon’s cross from the left flank was lucky to find Lee in front of goal, but Lee’s shot went wide. Gwangju’s decision to bring on frontline striker Heo Yul in the 41st minute of the second half paid off.

Gwangju broke down the defense in stoppage time and Heo finished a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper, and the game ended a few minutes later.

“It was a tough away game with no recent wins, but I want to praise the players for their efforts and victory,” said Gwangju coach Lee Jung-hyo. “I think it will help the players feel better after a long time,” he said happily.

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