Ulsan beat Guangzhou 5-0 at AFC Champions League
Ulsan Hyundai took a 5-0 victory over Guangzhou Evergrande Sunday at Larkin Stadium in Johor, Malaysia as the K League clubs continue their AFC Champions League campaign.
Ulsan dominated the field on Sunday, hammering 26 shots against the Chinese goal, 13 of which were on target. Just four minutes into the match, Ulsan midfielder Yun Il-lok connected with Choi Gi-yun's pass and slotted it home from inside the box.
Despite opening the scoring early, the Ulsan club struggled to find any real chances in the remainder of the first half. Three minutes before half time, K League big name Park Chu-young seemed to find a chance when Um Won-sang crossed the ball to Park, who tried heading the ball into the net but just missed the goal.
Four of Ulsan's five goals came in the second half and the trick behind that seemed to be the series of substitutions head coach Hong Myung-bo made throughout the second half, as every single substitution led to a goal.
At the start of the second half, Hong substituted Yun out for Jun Amano and Won out for Seol Young-woo in the midfield, keeping Park and Mark Koszta upfront.
Just nine minutes into the second half, Koszta found his chance heading in Amano's well-placed cross from the right to score Ulsan's second goal.
Seven minutes later, Hong substituted Choi for Georgian footballer Valeri Qazaishvilli, who found a loose ball in front of the Chinese goal minutes later and slotted it in with his left foot.
Amano followed up with a fourth goal in the 73rd minute and Seol added the fifth in the 85th minute.
Sunday's win comes as Ulsan's second consecutive victory after beating Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0 on Thursday.
Ulsan started out the AFC Champions League group stage holding Kawasaki to a 1-1 draw, then dropped their second match to Malaysian club Johor Darul Ta'zim. With two wins, one draw and one loss, Ulsan currently sit in third place in Group I, seven points ahead of Guangzhou.
Daegu FC were held to a 0-0 draw against Japanese club Urawa Red Diamonds on Sunday at Buriram City Stadium in Buriram, Thailand. With two wins, one draw and one loss, Daegu is in second place in Group F.
The Jeonnam Dragons, the winners of the 2021 FA Cup, were also held to a 1-1 draw by Australian club Melbourne City at BG Stadium in Pathum Thani, Thailand. The Dragons are currently in third place in Group G with one win, one draw and two losses.
As of press time, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are scheduled to face Vietnamese side Hoang Anh Gia Lai Monday evening. Ulsan next face Kagasaki on Wednesday at Larkin Stadium in Johor, Malaysia, with Daegu facing Chinese club Shandong Taishan at Buriram City Stadium and Jeonnam taking on Filipino club United City at BG Stadium.
BY YUN SO-HYANG [email@example.com]