Ulsan Hyundai winger Bakko (30) escaped the sluggishness at the beginning of the season and finally regained his former form.
Ulsan won a 3-2 victory thanks to Bako’s performance in the home game against FC Seoul in the 13th round of the ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’ held at Ulsan Munsu Stadium on the 14th.
In the Ulsan-Seoul match, which drew a lot of attention for the confrontation between the 1st and 2nd place in the K-League 1, Bako scored multiple goals and became the number one contributor to Ulsan’s victory.
Ulsan, who started leading with Martin Adam’s goal in the 14th minute of the first half, returned to the starting line by allowing Kim Shin-jin to equalize at the start of the second half.
In a situation where they were able to give Seoul the atmosphere, they regained the lead by scoring a goal again 3 minutes after Bako gave up an equalizer.
In the 3rd minute of the second half, Lee Kyu-sung’s low cross from the right flank was headed directly under Bakko’s feet. Bakko shook the Seoul net with a right-footed turning shot after slightly floating the cross.
Bako was not satisfied with one goal. In the 22nd minute of the second half, Seol Young-woo’s cross was blocked by the Seoul defense, but luckily the ball landed in front of Bako.
Faced with a decisive opportunity, Bakko fired a shot without delay. Bako’s shot hit the top of the goal and was sucked into the goal.
In the 37th minute of the second half, Ju Min-gyu’s shot was blocked by opposing goalkeeper Baek Jong-beom’s save. Bako tried for a hat-trick, but Baek Jong-beom safely caught it as the shot went straight to the goalkeeper.
Ulsan, who scored 3 goals, including Bako’s multi-goal, allowed Park Su-il to score a mid-range wonder goal in the extra time in the second half, winning 3-2.
League leader Ulsan, who succeeded in hunting for points, scored 34 points (11 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss), widening the gap with second place Seoul (7 wins, 2 draws, 4 losses, 23 points) by 11 points, solidifying its first place. did.
After the game, Bako attended a먹튀검증press conference and expressed his feelings about the victory, saying, “It was a good match because Seoul is a good team.” .
Regarding the fact that he missed the hat-trick, he expressed regret, saying, “I had to control it once more and then shoot…” as in the second goal scene.
Bako scored multiple goals that day and became a self-proclaimed ‘Seoul Killer’. Since entering the K-League in 2021, Bakko has scored a whopping 7 goals and 2 assists in 8 matches against Seoul.
Regarding the special strength against Seoul, Bakko said, “I don’t know why (strong). I prepared like any other match, but today’s match was special because it was a fight between 1st and 2nd place. The most important thing is that the team won.” .
Bako, who scored 9 league goals last season and became the center of Ulsan’s attack, has hardly been able to improve his performance since the start of the 2023 season.
After the opening, Bakko went silent for 7 consecutive league games and the scoreless period was prolonged, but he recently succeeded in reviving and scored 5 goals in the last 6 games, including a multi-goal against Seoul.
“It was disappointing to start as a slow starter at the beginning of the season. It’s the first time I’ve been this slow in my career,” Bako confessed.
He continued, “But the important thing is to do your best and not lose faith in yourself. Now, that trust is working.”
Photo = Ulsan Mungu Stadium, reporter Kwon Dong-hwan, provided by the Korea Professional Football Federation