Incheon advances to the ACL finals after 20 years of founding

3-1 overtime win over Haiphong in PO

Hernandez’s gold goal in the first half of extra time…

Wugosa 2 help full score performance

Football K League 1 Incheon

Professional football K League 1 Incheon United

defeated Vietnam’s Hai Phong FC after extra time and succeeded in advancing

to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL)

finals for the first time in 20 years since its founding.

In the 2023-2024 ACL Playoffs (PO) held at the Incheon Soccer Stadium on the 22nd,

Incheon won 3-1 after going to overtime without being able to match Haiphong 1-1 for 90 minutes.


Mugosa assisted Incheon’s equalizer and come-from-behind goal,

showing off his performance as the ‘King of Incheon’.

Incheon, who came to the PO last season as the 4th place in the K League 1,

achieved the dream of advancing to the ACL finals after 20 years of founding. 온라인카지노

Incheon was founded in December 2003.

In addition, Incheon extended the record of passing all ACL POs of K-League clubs to 9 games.

K-League club

Of the 9 ACL POs played by K-League clubs in history,

7 matches ended with K-League club victories, and in the remaining 2 matches,

K-League clubs advanced to the finals after a penalty shoot-out.

The group draw will be held on the 24th to determine the ACL group stage opponents for the 4 K-League 1 teams,

including Incheon, Ulsan Hyundai, Jeonbuk Hyundai, and Pohang Steelers.


Haiphong, who defeated Rangers (Hong Kong) 4-1 in the qualifying round

as the runner-up in the Vietnamese league in the 2022 season and made the PO,

lost that day and delayed advancing to the ACL finals for the first time in history.

Three days later, a regular league match was played against Suwon FC,

but Incheon coach Cho Seong-hwan, who saw that advancing to the ACL finals was a more important task,

put Mugosa and Cheon Seong-hoon at the forefront and brought out a starting list close to the elite.

Hai Phong mobilized foreign players who are the core of their power, such as striker Yuri Mamute.

Luong Xuan Truong, a former member of the Vietnamese national team who played for Incheon in 2018,

was named on the replacement list and was substituted in the 27th minute of the second half.

Expected to play a dominant game, Incheon gave up an uneasy start

by conceding a goal in the 5th minute of the first half.

Yuri Mamute

Catching the ball from the left, Mamute broke through the Incheon defense

with a reckless breakthrough and shook the net with a right-footed shot.

Kim Dong-min competed, but was pushed out of power.

Incheon, which was struggling to attack Haiphong’s five-back defense line,

shook the net within 10 seconds when the impatient Incheon supporters shouted ‘Get your mind on Incheon!’.

In the 17th minute of the first half, Mugosa’s cross from the left was hit by Cheon Seong-hoon’s head in front of the goal, turning the game around.

Even after giving up a tie, Haiphong did not back down completely and attacked aggressively whenever they had a chance.

In the 42nd minute of the second half, in a corner kick situation,

a left-footed volley shot by Hai Phong midfielder Biku Bissite hit the crossbar.

As the attack was hardly resolved, coach Cho put in Jerso and Kim Do-hyuk

at the beginning of the second half, and then Hernandez in the 19th minute of the second half.

Thanks to Gerso and Hernandez, who quickly opened space behind Haiphong,

Incheon’s attack began to liven up, but no goals were scored.


In the 23rd minute of the second half, Mugosa’s header

following a corner kick was blocked by the goalkeeper’s save, swallowing regret.

Mugosa again connected the bounced ball with a right-footed shot,

but this time it came out after being hit by the goalkeeper who threw himself.

Incheon decided the game only after going into overtime.

In the 10th minute of the first half of extra time, in a counterattack situation,

Jerso and Hernandez ran through heavy rain and scored the winning goal.

Zerso, who received Mugosa’s penetrating pass,

passed a ground ball cross to the door, and Hernandez split the goal post with a right-footed non-stop shot.

In the second half of extra time, Incheon took advantage of the goalkeeper’s mistake and scored a goal

by Jerso to seal the victory.

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