Goodbye Superman…”I want to leave while I’m at my best,” wishes Park Joo-ho

The match between Suwon FC and Ulsan Hyundai in the K League 1 on the 6th, which attracted attention before the game as the ‘Park Joo-ho Derby’, ended in a victory for Ulsan. Suwon FC’s national team player Park Joo-ho, who played his retirement match on the day, fulfilled his wish to “leave while I’m at my best” with his fighting spirit, even though the team lost. Ulsan came from behind to score three goals in the second half.메이저놀이터

Ulsan came from behind to win 3-1 away to Suwon FC in the 17th round of the 2023 K League 1 at Suwon Sports Complex on Sunday, thanks to second-half goals from Martin Adam, In-Joo Gyu and Bako. With the win, league leaders Ulsan consolidated their dominance at the top of the table with 41 points.

The match was billed as the Park Ju-ho Derby retirement match. Ulsan is the only K League team that Park played for before donning the Suwon FC jersey. Park returned to the K League in 2018 from overseas and played three seasons with Ulsan before moving to Suwon FC in 2021. He asked Suwon to end his career with a match against his hometown team, and the club accepted.

Before the game, Suwon FC head coach Kim Do-gyun expressed his disappointment at the in-season retirement, saying, “I respect his decision to leave while he is at his best.” Suwon FC supporters showed their appreciation for Park by displaying placards with phrases such as “I was happy to have you” and “Goodbye Captain, Thank you Superman” and singing chants throughout the match. In the sixth minute of the first half, the fans applauded for 60 seconds for Park, who wore the number 6 shirt.

The first half was dominated by Suwon FC players’ determination. In the 16th minute, they scored the first goal. A cross from Lee Yong-soo beat the defence in the box, and Yoon Beom-garam rattled the net with a right-footed volley. Park Ju-ho played until just before the end of the half before leaving the field.

However, Ulsan came from behind in the second half to pull off the upset. Ulsan brought on Lee Chung-yong and Bako in the second half to shake up the opposition defence and eventually equalised in the 24th minute. Suwon FC failed to clear the ball out of their own box and Ataru Esaka intercepted the ball and slipped it to Martin Adam, who rushed forward and slotted it into the back of the net.

Ulsan made a late substitution in the 32nd minute, bringing on In-Joo Gyu to form a ‘twin tower’ with Adam. This substitution was perfect. In the final minute of the game, in the 42nd minute, Ulsan completed the comeback with a goal from a corner kick. It was his ninth goal in the league, making him the league’s top scorer. Bako rattled the net in stoppage time to seal the win.

Pohang Steelers hosted top-flight rivals Jeju United at home and won 2-1 thanks to a late Park Seung-wook header in stoppage time. With the win, Pohang moves up to second place on 30 points.


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