Thiago responded when the game needed him…multi-goal game-winner → 9th goal + joining the race for top scorer

Thiago scored a multi-goal performance in the win.

Daejeon Hana Citizen defeated FC Seoul 4-3 in the 26th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Daejeon World Cup Stadium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. With the win, Daejeon moved up to sixth place with 36 points.

Daejeon used a 4-3-3 formation on the day. Kim In-gyun, Tiago, and Jeon Byung-kwan were up front, while Joo Se-jong, Masa, and Kim Young-wook formed the midfield. The back four was Oh Jae-seok, Anton, Kim Hyun-woo, and Kang Yoon-seong, with Lee Chang-geun in goal.

It was a must-win game for Daejeon. Daejeon hadn’t won in their last six games, but they did get their first win in a long time against Daegu. However, they lost 0-3 away to Gwangju in the last round. They desperately needed three points to lift their spirits and leapfrog into a higher position. A win would close the gap on Seoul to two points.

Daejeon started pressuring Seoul early in the first half, and it paid off in the 32nd minute. The ball came from the back and fell to Masa. After some good ball control, Masa attempted a pass. Thiago didn’t miss and rattled the net with a powerful shot.

Thiago wasn’t done yet. In the 41st minute, Thiago was tripped up by Kim Joo-sung as he tried to receive a cross from Jeon Byung-kwan. After a video assistant referee (VAR) review, the referee awarded a penalty kick. Thiago stepped up to take the penalty kick he had earned and finished with aplomb.

Daejeon took the lead thanks to Thiago’s multi-goal performance. Despite giving up a goal to Willian in the last minute of the first half, the score was 2-1 at halftime. The second half came down to the wire. Bae Joon-ho scored in the 41st minute of the second half, but Han Seung-kyu pulled one back. After Kang Yoon-sung scored again, Seoul closed the gap with a goal from Ilyuchenko. But that was it. There wasn’t much time left, and Daejeon held on for a thrilling one-point victory.

Thiago stepped up when the team needed him. Before this game, Thiago had scored seven league goals. After scoring 19 goals in the K League 2 last season, Thiago joined Daejeon this year and made an immediate impact from the opening whistle.

Thiago hasn’t scored since the end of June against Jeju. He was doing his job with a lot of frontline activity and aggressive post play, but with the arrival of rival Gutek, he needed to prove himself with a goal, and he did just that with a multi-goal performance against Seoul. With his eighth and ninth goals of the league, Thiago reignited the race for the top scorer, catching up to In-joo Gyu, Bako, and Na Sang-ho, who are all leading the league with 11 goals. 안전놀이터

Head coach Lee Min-sung said at the post-match press conference, “Of course, it’s good to hear a goal from a striker. I hope he continues to score goals in the future. We need to create a lot of chances. I don’t think we’ve created many chances for Thiago so far. I hope to see more from him in the future.”

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