In the opening round of the K-League, a ‘promoted team’s rebellion’ occurred.
The Korea Professional Football Federation held a weekly briefing on the 28th at the Soccer Hall located in Sinmun-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul and introduced records from the first round of the K League 1.
It was also the first time that the promoted teams won at the same time. Gwangju, which advanced to the first division by winning the K-League 2, and Daejeon, whi메이저놀이터ch was promoted after defeating Sangmu Kim in the promotion playoffs, won their first wins against Suwon Samsung and Gangwon, respectively. Gwangju beat Suwon 1-0 on the road, and Daejeon beat Gangwon 2-0 at home. The 2023 season is the first time that teams from K-League 2 have won at the same time.
The winning percentage of the promoted teams in the opening round was not high. From the 2014 season to the 2022 season, they won 3 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses in 14 matches. Sangju in the 2016 season, Gangwon in the 2017 season, and Gyeongnam in the 2018 season won the opening game. The previous record of the promoted team’s opening match was 16 matches, 5 wins, 6 draws, and 5 losses, adding 2 wins with victories in Gwangju and Daejeon.
In both Gwangju and Daejeon, the performances of foreign players stood out. For Gwangju, foreign striker Asani, who was recruited this season, scored the winning goal. Asani is from Albania and has experience in various overseas leagues such as the Macedonian, Albanian, Swedish and Hungarian leagues. In the opening game, he was substituted in the 20th minute of the second half and then split the net with a powerful left-footed shot in the 43rd minute of the second half. Asani’s performance made Hayes, who led the team’s promotion last season, forget the vacancy.
In Daejeon, Thiago, Leandro, and Anton led the victory. All three players started and performed well. Thiago, who moved from Gyeongnam to Daejeon this season, scored his debut goal in the 10th minute of the first half. Leandro, who has been playing for Daejeon since last season, was involved in both goals with one goal and one assist. Azerbaijan’s national team defender Anton recorded the most interceptions (7 times) and the most blocked offenses (7 times) in the team, and played a stable defense throughout the 90 minutes.