Ulsan Hyundai had a chance to clinch the K League title early. However, a late Steelers equalizer crashed its chance. On the other hand, an Ulsan win could make it impossible for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors to catch up with two more games to play.
Going into the game, Ulsan is looking for its first season title in 17 years. On the other hand, the Pohang Steelers want to secure the 3rd spot. Thus, sports betting fans are expecting a fiery match between the rivals.
Ulsan scored the first goal in the 39th minute. Um Won-sang passed the ball to Valeri Qazaishvili, who kicked it into the goal net. Although Pohang had sixty percent possession in the first half, they failed to capitalize on it.
Late Steelers Equalizer Spoiled Ulsan’s Party
After the intermission, Ulsan dug in and concentrated on maintaining their one-goal advantage, with Pohang only managing to create an opportunity with 16 minutes remaining in regulation.
According to sports news coverage reports, Lim Sang-hyub assisted Lee Ho-jae in the 79th minute and headed in his first goal of the year.
Ulsan restarted the attacking play, but the visitors could not capitalize since Pohang withstood the assault until the final whistle.
On Tuesday, Ulsan had two goals: first, to win the long-awaited K League championship; second, to end the long-standing rivalry with their regional rivals. However, with the tie, the Steelers still have the advantage in head-to-head records this season with two victories and a draw—a remarkable accomplishment given that Ulsan has only lost five games.
For Ulsan, the tie against the Steelers brought back painful memories.
After giving up a last-second goal against the Steelers at home, Ulsan missed their opportunity to win the championship in 2013. At the time, Ulsan just needed a draw to win the championship, but a late goal by Kim Won-il gave Pohang the victory, putting them behind.
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