Ilyuchenko, who started as a starter after 7 league games, showed a good performance by scoring the opening goal.
In the 28th round of the 2023 Hana One Q K League 1 held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 27th, FC Seoul drew 2-2 with Ulsan Hyundai. Ilyuchenko took the lead in the first half, but Ju Min-gyu scored multiple goals in the second half, and Willian scored a dramatic equalizer in extra time in the second half.
Ilyuchenko has struggled in Seoul this season. He was appointed captain ahead of the season, but he seldom played as a starter. Of his 27 league appearances, only seven were starts. Coach Ahn Ik-soo substituted Hwang Ui-jo, Kim Shin-jin, and Park Dong-jin instead of Ilyuchenko. Even after Hwang Eui-jo left for Nottingham Forest and Park Dong-jin left for Busan I-Park, this stance remained unchanged.
He couldn’t even keep up the pace himself. Even after being replaced, it did not come out as powerful. In the middle of the season, he resigned from the captaincy, and in the summer transfer market, rumors of a trade with Suwon FC Ras circulated. In his last 6 matches, he was also not named in the starting lineup, and he was excluded from the list against Pohang Steelers and against Daegu FC.
Ilyuchenko was chosen as the starter after a long time in the game against Ulsan. Acting manager Kim Jin-kyu, who took over the Seoul command post after Ahn resigned, said, “After the last game, I showed a very good performance in the practice game. I held a meeting that day and said, ‘If you prepare for a week like now, I will give you a chance to start.'” Ilyuchenko I am very excited right now, and I am very looking forward to doing something big today,” he said, explaining the reason for the selection of Ilyuchenko.
Ilyuchenko reciprocated Kim’s trust. He scored the opening goal in the 9th minute of the first half. When Ki Sung-yueng’s mid-range shot hit Ulsan’s defense and flowed toward him, he calmly caught it with his thigh and shook the net with a right-footed volley.안전놀이터
Ilyuchenko played well throughout the first half. In the 3rd minute of the first half, he recorded an effective shot with a header with a high RBI, and in the occasional counterattack situation, he drew in the defense and made space for the second-line strikers. Ilyuchenko, who showed decent performance in the first half, was replaced by Han Seung-gyu at the start of the second half.
In the second half, Ju Min-gyu’s consecutive goals made Seoul more likely to lose, but Willian’s dramatic equalizer in the second half added time drew the match. Ilyuchenko scored the opening goal in his first appearance in a long time, contributing to the team’s valuable 1 point.