Incheon United, led by head coach Cho Sung-hwan, wrapped up its 2023-2024 Asian Champions League (ACL) season with the final match of Group G against Kaya FC Iloilo (Philippines) at the Risal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines on March 13 (KST). Incheon won 3-1 on the day, earning a ‘tiebreaker’ in their final match. However, they were unable to punch their ticket to the knockout stages, falling just short to Yokohama Marinos (Japan) and Shandong Taishan (China). The top five teams in the East Asia Group will advance directly to the Round of 16, with the three best performing teams in each group earning the remaining three tickets. Incheon has 12 points, tied with Yokohama and Shandong. However, they were outclassed in goal difference between the three teams.
It was an exciting time for Incheon in 2023. The club had big dreams for its 20th anniversary. Last year, they finished fourth in the league and qualified for Asia for the first time since their inception. They made it through the ACL playoffs and into the main draw. We started off with a bang, sweeping Yokohama in our first match. At home, they swept Kaya to set the tone. In games three and four, they lost back-to-back games to Shandong. In game five, they beat Yokohama again to keep their hopes alive. Incheon won the final game, but it wasn’t enough.월카지노
For the first time in its history, Incheon played three competitions in parallel. They competed in the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023, the Korea Football Association (FA) Cup, and the ACL. Incheon raised expectations by signing Mpoku, Jerso, and Shin Shin-ho before the season. However, the rigorous schedule they initially accepted proved to be a bit overwhelming. Incheon stumbled at the start of the season and dropped to the bottom of the league. However, the team turned things around in the summer transfer window by signing Mugosa. The final report card showed a fifth-place finish in the league, a fourth-place finish in the FA Cup, and an exit in the group stage of the ACL.
“Our last game of the season was away to the Philippines. We had a lot of fans come to the game, and we are grateful for their support. We played the K League, FA Cup, and ACL this season. There were some disappointments. I think we can improve as a team through these regrets. I’m so grateful that everyone did their best. I want to say thank you for your hard work,” he concluded.