Lee Ho-jae said he was happy with the victory, but was overwhelmed to see his father.
Pohang Steelers defeated Seongnam FC 3-0 in the fourth round (round of 16) of the 2023 Hana OneQ FA Cup at Tancheon Sports Complex at 7 p.m. on April 24. With the win, Pohang advanced to the next round of the competition.토토사이트
The match drew attention as a father-son clash. Pohang features Lee Ho-jae, the son of Seongnam coach Lee Ki-hyung. Lee doesn’t usually take questions about his son in press conferences, but after the last match against the Ansan Greeners, he laughed and talked about the conversation he had with his son. Lee Ho-jae also joked when asked about his father in an interview after the game against Gangwon. Their interviews have only increased the interest in this match.
Lee started the game. Kim Ki-dong chose to start Lee Ho-jae because he has been performing well since the beginning of the season, including scoring a goal, and he was in good shape today. Coach Lee Ki-hyung said that the day before, he sent Lee Ho-jae a text saying that he was proud of him for the first time and was looking forward to facing his son.
Lee Ho-jae’s physical condition looked quite good. Not only did Lee Ho-jae excel in post-play and link-up play, but he also scored a multi-goal performance that proved to be a surprise to coach Lee Ki-hyung. In the 28th minute of the first half, he calmly slid a pass from Go Young-joon into the back of the net, and in the 14th minute of the second half, he converted a pass from Kim Seung-dae into a goal.
After the game, Lee Ho-jae, who served as the player of the match, said, “Everyone prepared together with the determination to win. Sungnam also played well, but I think we were able to win because the first goal came quickly.”
[Read the full interview with Lee Ho-jae below].
The temperature difference between the first and second serials
Any other team would have played a serie. At the beginning of the season, I scored a lot of goals, but I haven’t scored recently, and I felt good because I got rid of my frustration by scoring today, so I performed such a ceremony. I refrained from scoring the second goal because I was thinking about my father.
Is your father the target of the heart ceremony?
My mother was on the second floor. I happened to be facing the same direction as my father.
Who was she cheering for?
Probably her son… She said she was cheering for me. I think it was 50/50.
How did it feel to play in a match like this?
I was under a lot of pressure, and when I got to the stadium, I was nervous because it was so real. But after the first goal, I relaxed, and my body warmed up. I gained confidence from that.
What was it like getting a text from your dad?
My dad is not a complimenter. He’s more likely to tell you your shortcomings than your strengths. I was happy to receive such a text. I knew I had to do better and earn his approval.
Hat trick denied by offside call
Who doesn’t love a hat trick? It was great at first, but then an offside call denied me the hat trick. I was disappointed.
What was my dad thinking?
After the win, I went to the supporters and saw my dad behind me. I was happy that I scored a multi-goaler and won, but I had mixed feelings. As my dad says, there are winners and there are losers.
If Seongnam gets promoted and you meet again, do you think you’ll want to win again?
Yes, I would. I hope I can score and win.
You played near the Seongnam bench in the first half. Were you nervous?
I didn’t pay attention to that and tried to play my game. My coach told me that if I try to be too good, I won’t get the play I want. I just focused on being a threat in front of the goal, and it paid off.
I feel like an invalid. On the one hand, if we lost because I didn’t play well, it would have made my dad feel good at the time, but I wonder if it would have been worse later.
Coach Lee said he doesn’t want to play a match like this again.
It’s the same. I didn’t know before the game, but when I played and I scored two goals, I felt really good, but I was also crying. I don’t want to do this again.
Emotions of a soccer 2-year-old
I wish all 2s could share this, but right now (Kim) Junho has a father who is the manager of the team. If Junho scores a goal and wins, they’re both happy. So I think it’s hard.