“We deserved the three points.”
After struggling with 10 men and conceding just one goal to secure the win, Jeonbuk Hyundai head coach Dan Petrescu vowed to keep his side in the round of 16.
Jeonbuk won 2-1 against Kitchee (Hong Kong) in their 2023-24 Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL) Group F fifth leg at Hong Kong Stadium in Hong Kong on Monday afternoon. 안전카지노사이트 Goals from Moon Sun-min and Song Min-kyu in the first half gave the hosts the lead, but Jeong Tae-wook’s sending-off saw them go a goal down late on, but they held on for the win.
With three wins, two losses and nine points, Jeonbuk remains in second place for now. Depending on the outcome of the No. 1 Bangkok United (Thailand, 10 points) – No. 3 Lion City (Singapore, 6 points) match, they will have to strategize in one of two ways: an upset top spot challenge or a ticket to the round of 16, which is awarded to the top three teams in each of the five groups.
Coach Petrescu said: “First of all, I’m happy to win. The players fought well, which is what we wanted. We scored two goals in the first half and ran away with it, but there were some strange calls (regarding Jung’s sending-off). It’s the referee’s domain, so I won’t say anything more. They created a lot of chances in the second half and we created two or three in the last minute. We deserved the three points.”
Jeonbuk won both games 2-1 against Kichiji. “They played five games, but they deserved more points than they got. There was no difference compared to the first leg. They had quality foreign players and the harmony between the dual nationals was good.” “They are a big club in Hong Kong, so it’s a shame they won’t be able to participate (in the ACLE next season). Jeonbuk will go through the group stage and win the rest of the league to go to the ACLE. Whether in Europe or Asia, the Champions League is the top stage. I want to play,” he said, expressing his desire.
Regarding the task entrusted to frontline striker Park Jae-yong, he said, “I don’t agree that Park Jae-yong was not impressive. He showed a good performance. In the second half, there was an aftermath of his sending off. He fought and dedicated himself for the team.”