Son Lee Ho-jae scores ‘multi-goal’ against father Lee Ki-hyung…all K League 1 teams advance to quarterfinals (aggregate)
A father-son face-off on the pitch left the son smiling. Pohang Steelers (K League 1) forward Lee Ho-jae (23) scored a multi-goal performance against Seongnam FC (K League 2), coached by Lee Ki-hyung (49).
Pohang won 3-0 in the round of 16 of the 2023 Hana OneQ Korea Football Association (FA) Cup at Tancheon Sports Complex on Thursday, led by Lee’s two-goal performance.메이저놀이터
The FA Cup match drew attention before the game as a father-son encounter. Lee Ki-hyung, who took over the reins of Seongnam in December last year, played his first official match against Lee Ho-jae, who made his professional debut in a Pohang jersey in 2021.
Lee started as Pohang’s frontline striker on the day, fulfilling the father-son matchup that many fans had been anticipating.
The son was flying in front of the father.
Pohang took the lead in the 10th minute through Ha Chang-rae’s header and continued to push Seongnam.
Lee Ho-jae scored in the 28th minute to make it 1-0. A short ball from Ko Young-joon on the right side of the penalty box rattled the net with Lee Ho-jae’s right foot. Lee celebrated the goal with an uppercut after jumping with a jubilant expression.
Lee Ho-jae of the Pohang Steelers (Courtesy of the Korea Football Association)
Lee’s performance continued in the second half. He scored a multi-goaler in the 15th minute of the second half.
Pohang beat the Seongnam defense with an exquisite passing play in the box, and Lee finished with his right foot after receiving a pass from Kim Seung-dae.
Lee looked to complete his hat trick in the 36th minute when he found the back of the net with a header from a corner kick, but he was denied by a foul call.
Pohang, who reached the quarterfinals, will face defending champions Jeonbuk Hyundai for a spot in the last four.
Earlier in the day, Jeonbuk earned a hard-fought 5-2 victory in extra time in the Round of 16 against Paju City Football Club (K3) in Jeonju. Jeonbuk Gustavo scored four goals in the victory.
Jeonbuk battled to a 2-2 tie in the second half, but Gustavo and Park Jin-seop scored back-to-back headers in extra time and Gustavo added another goal to secure the win.
Gangwon FC’s Gallego celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the 2023 Hana OneQ FA Cup Round of 16 match between Gimpo FC and Gangwon FC at the Gimpo Solter Football Stadium in Gimpo on May 24. 2023.5.24/News1 ⓒ News1 Reporter Kim Do-woo
All the K League 1 teams were smiling on this day, including Jeonbuk.
Incheon United (K League 1) defeated Gyeongnam FC (K League 2) 3-0 in Anbangseo, while Ulsan Hyundai (K League 1) defeated fellow second division side Jeonnam Dragons 2-1 in Gwangyang.
In Gimpo, Gangwon FC (K League 1) defeated K League 2 leader Gimpo FC 3-2 thanks to a late Gallego goal in stoppage time.
Gangwon, who were 11th in the K League 1, rattled the net with a powerful right-footed strike in the 47th minute with the score tied at 2-2. Meanwhile, Gimpo, the top-ranked team in K League 2 and unbeaten in 12 league games this season (7 wins and 5 draws), suffered its first loss of the year.
Gwangju FC (K League 1) also defeated Seoul Eland (K League 2) 1-0 in the round of 16 at Mokdong Sports Complex.
Elsewhere, bottom-placed Suwon Samsung earned a 1-0 win over Daegu FC thanks to a goal from Kim Joo-chan. Suwon has reached the FA Cup quarterfinals for eight consecutive years since 2016. In 2016 and 2019, they reached the summit.
In Seogwipo, Jeju United defeated Daejeon Hana Citizens 4-3 in a nail-biting match.
Meanwhile, the FA Cup quarterfinals will be held on March 28 with Ulsan-Jeju, Jeonbuk-Gwangju, Incheon-Suwon, and Pohang-Gangwon.
Incheon players celebrate their 3:0 victory over Gyeongnam FC during the 2023 Hana OneQ FA Cup Round of 16 match between Incheon United and Gyeongnam FC at Incheon Football Stadium in Dowon-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon, on May 24. 2023.5.24/News1 ⓒ News1 Reporter Park Jung-ho
2023 Hana OneQ FA Cup Round of 16 Results (May 24)
Suwon Samsung 1-0 Daegu FC
Incheon United 3-0 Gyeongnam FC
Jeonnam Dragons 1-2 Ulsan Hyundai
Jeju United 4-3 Daejeon Hana Citizen
Seongnam FC 0-3 Pohang Steelers
Gimpo FC 2-3 Gangwon FC
Jeonbuk Hyundai 5-2 Paju Min Football Club
Seoul Eland 0-1 Gwangju FC