K League’s Ulsan Hyundai drop opening match at FIFA Club World Cup
Kee-hee Kim of Ulsan Hyundai celebrates with his colleagues throughout Tigres UANL v Ulsan Hyundai FC on Thursday in Doha, Qatar. (Yonhap) South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai FC have actually lost their opening match of the FIFA Club World in Qatar to be up to an alleviation game.
Ulsan lost to Tigres UANL of Mexico 2-1 at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, just west of Doha, on Thursday to kick off the 17th edition of the FIFA tournament. French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac scored twice for Tigres, while Kim Kee-hee had the lone objective for Ulsan in the very first half.
The Club World Cup brings together continental champions each year, plus the domestic league champions of the host nation. Ulsan received the occasion by winning the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, while Tigres won the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Champions League.
Ulsan’s loss makes sure that the K League will remain without a Club World Cup champion. Pohang Steelers came the closest by ending up in 3rd location in 2009.
Ulsan will now play in the fifth-place match in the six-team competitors on Sunday, back at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, versus Al Duhail SC. The Qatari league champs lost to the African winners Al Ahly SC 1-0 in their opening match on Thursday. The Ulsan-Al Duhail match starts at 6 p.m. Sunday regional time, or midnight Sunday in South Korea.
Tigres moved on to the next round versus the South American champs, SE Palmeiras, and Al Ahly will handle FC Bayern Munich, the European winners.
Ulsan had the very first goal in the 24th minute, when Kim Kee-hee headed in a corner taken by Yoon Bitgaram.
Yoon sent out a low kick from the left corner and Kim snuck in from behind the unsuspecting defense to deftly reroute the ball house.
At the other end, Ulsan goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo made a couple of huge conserves from close range over a two-minute stretch beginning in the 36th, hardly keeping his side ahead.
However Tigres’ onslaught proved excessive, as Gignac volleyed house a headed pass from Diego Reyes in the 38th minute to knot the rating at 1-1.
Gignac transformed a last-minute penalty to put Tigres up 2-1 at the end of the first half, after Kim Kee-hee, the Ulsan objective scorer, was called for a handball offense in package.
The foul wasn’t called initially, however a video assistant referee (VAR) called down to the on-field referee to stop the action and evaluate the scenario. It only took a few seconds prior to Kim was charged with the handball. His fall from early hero to goat was total when Gignac transformed the spot kick.
Ulsan thought they had actually tied things up in the 58th minute on a gorgeous objective by Yoon. The midfielder trapped a long pass from Dave Bulthuis with his chest, and then turned and fired it into the internet prior to the ball touched the ground.
But Yoon was ruled offside. A replay revealed that he was just hardly so, and the close call took the wind out of Ulsan’s sails.
Tigres had actually 11 shot efforts to Ulsan’s six.
This was Ulsan coaching launching for Hong Myung-bo, the South Korean legend who was named the club’s new bench employer in late December.
Hong said after the match that his players “offered their one hundred percent” versus a tough opponent, considering the situations.
Ulsan were without some crucial gamers, such as midfielder Lee Chung-yong and protector Hong Chul, who are rehabbing from injuries in the house and didn’t take a trip to Qatar, and have likewise lost forward Junior Negrao, the ruling K League scoring champion, during the offseason.
” I think we did a good task on the protective end,” Hong said. “After we scored the first objective, we were pressed around a bit by their attack. However I could deal with that, and I believe our players reacted well total. We do need to deal with the fact that we quit both of the goals on set pieces.”
There were stretches when Ulsan were in control of the match, though they weren’t able to sustain that edge for 90 minutes.
” I believe we performed our tactical plan relatively well,” Hong added. “Early on, we reacted well to their attacks on the flanks. And we made some adjustments as needed in the 2nd half. We didn’t have any specific troubles, except for the way we stopped working to endure their attack after our first objective.” (Yonhap).