The League of Legends has come to an end, but the season is far from over. There’s still a real final. It’s the final group stage match of the 2023-2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL). Ulsan Hyundai, who won their second straight K League 1 title, Jeonbuk Hyundai, who saved their pride with an underwhelming performance, and Incheon United, who had a slightly disappointing second half of the season, will compete side by side.월카지노
With Group J’s Pohang Steelers having already secured a spot in the round of 16 with five wins, one draw, and a commanding 16 points, the survival of the remaining three K League 1 teams will be decided over the final 90 minutes. There’s no other solution but to win.
Tickets to the ACL Round of 16 (based on East Asia) will be awarded to the top five teams in Group 1 and the top three teams in Group 2 based on their results. After five games, the three K League teams in second place in their respective groups with three wins, two losses and nine points have an advantage over Group H runner-up Melbourne City (Australia – 8 points) and Group J runner-up Urawa Reds (Japan – 7 points).
Hong Myung-bo’s Ulsan will be first up. They host Kawasaki Frontale (Japan) at Ulsan Munsoo Stadium on Nov. 12 for their Group I matchup. Kawasaki is very tough. They beat Kashiwa Reysol on penalties in the Japan FA Cup final on September 9, and have already clinched first place in the ACL. Ulsan lost 0-1 against Kawasaki in October this year.
Incheon, led by Cho Sung-hwan, will play their final Group G match against Kaya FC (Philippines) in Manila on Nov. 13. Incheon are tied on points with Yokohama Marinos (Japan), but have two wins against them to sit in second place. A win over Kaya would give them the green light to advance to the round of 16.
However, there is a catch. Even if Incheon wins, if Yokohama defeats first-place Shandong Taishan (4W1L-12P), the three teams will be tied on points and have a 2-2 head-to-head record. The rankings are based on head-to-head goal difference and goal difference.
In Group F, Jeonbuk, coached by Dan Petrescu (Romania), will host Bangkok United (Thailand – 13 points) at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on Nov. 13. Jeonbuk suffered a shocking 2-3 defeat in Bangkok in October. This is a golden opportunity for them to exact revenge and book their spot in the Round of 16.