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Defeating ‘Leader’ Gimcheon and ending July with 2nd place

“I want to challenge for an undefeated streak in August.”

FC Anyang, led by Lee Woo-hyung, won 2-0 against Gimcheon Sangmu in the 24th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2 2023 at Anyang Sports Complex on Aug. 31. With three points in three games, Anyang (38 points) moved to within four points of leader Gimcheon (42 points). They are also level on points with Gyeongnam FC and Busan I-Park, but are in second place on goal difference with 38.

Anyang succeeded in turning around an atmosphere that was marred by the resignation of coach Lee and officiating issues against Busan I-Park (1-2 loss). After the game, Lee said, “Gimcheon has been a good team lately, and we were in a bad mood, but beating the top team will be very helpful in the future. The players showed great determination.”

Regarding the refereeing issue, the owner of the club, Mayor Max Ho, posted a protest on social media. On the same day, officials including Lee Jung-min, chairman 안전놀이터 of the referees’ committee, met with Mayor Choi. “The players were very disappointed right after the game against Busan, and it must have been a great motivation for them to see the owner take such an interest in the situation,” Lee explained.

Gimcheon must use the win against Gimcheon to continue their upward trend in August. The battle at the top of the table is still fierce. “Anyang won one or two games and then played poorly,” Lee said. Of course, there is no such thing as a win, but from August, we want to reduce our losses as much as possible and challenge for an unbeaten streak.”

The attacking trio of Laercio, Bruno, and Yago, who made their debut in the match, is expected to do well in the future. “Yago has adapted to the K League to some extent. Laercio and Bruno are still lacking and need to work harder. If they adapt quickly, I believe they will do well,” he said.

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