Professional football’s Pohang Steelers have won their second consecutive match in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) thanks to a multi-goal performance from Zeca.
Pohang came from behind to beat Wuhan Sanjin 3-1 in their second match of Group J of the 2023-2024 AFC ACL at the Pohang Steelyard in Gyeongbuk Province on 4 April.
Pohang, who were 4-2 winners away to ‘Vietnamese Champions’ Hanoi FC in the first leg of the group stage last month, added another win to their tally to remain top of Group J with six points.
Urawa Reds, who beat Hanoi earlier in the day, are in second place (4 points), followed by Wuhan (1 point) and Hanoi (0 points).
Pohang and Wuhan exchanged goals in the early stages of the match.
It was Wuhan who opened the scoring, capitalising on a set-piece opportunity.
In the 10th minute, a ball from the left corner was played in from the back and Wuhan’s Abdul Aziz Yakubu connected with a right-footed non-stop shot from the right penalty area, which hit Ha Chang-rae’s leg and deflected slightly before clearing the bar.
Wuhan also threatened in the 12th minute when Yan Dinghao hit the post.
Pohang responded immediately.
In the 13th minute, Kim Jong-woo’s clever heel pass was met by Shin Kwang-hoon in the penalty area in front of the goal with a wasted left-footed shot that struck the top of the net to level the score.
Pohang took advantage of their numerical advantage in the 40th minute when Wuhan’s Shefengfei was sent off directly after video assistant referee (VAR) review for a dangerous tackle on Oberdan’s ankle.
Pohang pulled a goal back through Zeca, who recorded an assisted hat-trick in the first leg.
In the ninth minute of the second half, on a counter-attack, Zeca made a quick run into the left penalty area and rattled the net with a simple left-footed inside kick after receiving a pass from Hong Yun-sang.
Zeca completed his multi-goal haul in second-half stoppage time with a right-footed strike into the opposite corner of the net from the left penalty area.
Zeca now has five offensive points from two ACL group stage matches with two goals and three assists.
Pohang looked to score in bunches with nearly 70 per cent of the ball possession, but Lee Ho-jae, who came on for Kim In-sung at the start of the second half, had three headers narrowly cleared off the line or off target, while his two right-footed efforts in the 36th and 40th minutes rattled the post but were both ruled out for offside.
At Thammasat Stadium in Pathum Thani, Thailand, Jeonbuk Hyundai came from behind to lose 2-3 바카라사이트 to Bangkok United in their ACL Group F second leg.
With one win and one loss in Group F, Jeonbuk remains in second place in Group F with three points, behind leader Bangkok United (six points). Ryan City (P3 – Singapore) and Kitsch SC (P0 – Hong Kong) round out the group.
Jeonbuk took the lead thanks to an own goal from their opponents.
In the 19th minute, Han Gyo-won cut back from the right flank and Bangkok United’s Tosawat Limwanasatian headed it straight into the net.
Bangkok levelled in the 26th minute when Rungras Phumichantuk cut low with his left foot from near the penalty arc to find the corner of the net.
Jeonbuk brought on Moon Sun-min and Lee Dong-joon in the second half to try and get back on level terms, but this time they conceded an own goal.
In the 13th minute of the second half, Thitipang Phuangchan cut low towards Mun from the right flank, and Ahn Hyun-beom tried to block the pass, but the ball hit his right foot and cleared the post.
Jeonbuk conceded a further goal in the 37th minute when Bangkok’s Wileng Motta unleashed a perfect left-footed shot from the penalty area in front of the goal.
Jeonbuk kept the spark alive in the final minutes of the game.
In the 43rd minute, Kim Jin-soo sent a high ball from the left corner to Moon Sun-min, who was positioned in the right penalty area, who struck a right-footed volley into the corner of the net to make it 2-3.
However, no further goals were forthcoming and Jeonbuk was unable to take the points. 카지노사이트