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Recap: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors vs Daegu FC


Jeonbuk Hyundai continued their 100% record in K League 1 this season with a 2-0 win over Daegu FC thanks to goals from Murillo Henrique and Cho Kyu-sung. Jose Morais' side moved top of the pile having seen off a Daegu side still without victory.

What Happened?

Jeonbuk dominated possession in the early stages and had a shout for a penalty turned away by referee Kim Dae-yong on 14 minutes as Hong Jeong-un looked to handle in the box. Moments later Ryu Jae-mun's loose pass culminated in Murillo firing a free kick high and wide. Daegu had their chances as lone-striker Edgar beat his man to whip in a ball that evaded Kim Dae-won. The best opportunity of the half fell to Cho Kyu-sung whose header produced a good save from the vocal Choi Yeong-un.

Still in a slumber from the half time break, Daegu allowed Murillo to storm past their defence with ease on 47 minutes. The Brazilian winger opened his account for the club with a left-footed drive after beating Jeong Seung-won down the left. With 20 minutes on the clock Kunimoto saw his header saved only for Cho to double the home side's advantage from close range on the rebound to seal the points.


Increased Tempo

Both sides certainly appeared to have more zip to their play than the opening weekend as match fitness returns. Son Jun-ho and Takahiro Kunimoto controlled the midfield with Son in particular continuing his fine form this season. Looking leggy in their last home outing against Suwon Bluewings, Morais' side pushed on to widen their advantage.

Daegu didn't concede too many clear cut opportunities, sitting back with a midfield five with Jeong Seung-won and Kim Dae-won trying to support Edgar whenever they could. While Lee Byeong-geun's men also won plenty of the ball and competed to the final whistle, they struggled to compete with Jeonbuk's quality on the ball and strength on the bench as the hosts brought on Kim Bo-kyung and Lars Veldwijk.

                                      [READ: Brief History of the Bucheon vs Jeju Rivalry]

A Cesinha-less showing

Jeonbuk's only defeat since May last season came in this fixture with Daegu talisman Cesinha at the centre of everything for Andre's side that day. Unfortunately for new boss Lee Byeong-geun the midfield maestro was unavailable for selection due to a thigh strain. To this end, a lot of Daegu's threat came from out wide through Kim Dae-won.

Lee brought on two substitutes at half time to try and engineer some creativity in the middle with Tsubasa replacing Ryu Jae-mun, while Dejan Damjavonic's introduction brought about a change in formation to 3-5-2. Overall though there is no tactic that can counteract losing such quality as Cesinha.


What Do They Need To Do Now?

Heading to Gangwon next weekend could see Jeonbuk face the task of relinquishing the majority of possession for the first time this season. Jose Morais will have been pleased to witness the increased sharpness of his side's play, particularly with both full backs getting into crossing positions more regularly. Murillo enjoyed his best game of the season here and could be pivotal to Morais' style of play up north should they favour counter attacking.

Daegu face an unpredictable Sangju Sangmu outfit next time out and their fans will be praying for the return of Cesinha to add some spark in midfield. Should he be absent once more, Daegu boss Lee should look to adopting two up front from the start with a first win becoming a more pressing need as the weeks roll on.

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