The atmosphere at the beginning of the season for ‘defending champion’ Ulsan Hyundai is unusual. They won three consecutive wins in the opening season and rose to the top of the K-League 1.
Ulsan won 2-1 in the 3rd round away game of Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023 against FC Seoul held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 12th. Na Sang-ho gave up the opening goal, but Ju Min-gyu and Lee Chung-yong scored consecutive goals to secure a come-from-behind victory.
Ulsan, who won a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Jeonbuk Hyundai in the opening match of the first round, ‘Hyundai Derby’, continued their three-game undefeated march after defeating Gangwon FC in the second round. Ulsan, who scored 9 points, became the sole leader. 윈 토토
Ulsan defeated Jeonbuk Hyundai last season and won the K-League title for the first time in 17 years since 2005. Ulsan, which was blocked by Jeonbuk for three consecutive seasons from 2019 and ended up as runner-up, is facing 11 clubs as a’defending champion’, not a challenger this season.
Pohang Steelers (2 wins, 1 draw, 7 points) and Seoul (2 wins, 1 loss, 6 points), who stood shoulder to shoulder with Ulsan with 2 consecutive wins at the opening, were ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Daejeon Hana Citizen, who challenged K-League 1 this season, is also cruising. Daejeon, which won 1 win by beating Gangwon FC in the opening match, rose to 4th place with 1 win, 2 draws and 5 points.