Preparation key, says Kim after Daegu stun Guangzhou
Daegu: Kim Dae-won has insisted thorough preparation on the training ground was the reason Korea Republic's Daegu FC were able to stun Guangzhou Evergrande 3-1 in Group F of the 2019 AFC Champions League at the Forest Arena on Tuesday.
Daegu, playing their first ever home game in the AFC Champions League, could not have picked a more illustrious opponent than the two-time winners and, after both had won their opening fixtures, it was forward Kim who stole the show against the Chinese side.
His inch-perfect cross from the left allowed Brazilian Edgar to volley home midway through the first half, before he found Cesinha, who played in Edgar for Daegu’s second as the interval approached.
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After the visitors pulled one back in the second half, Kim got the goal he deserved in the final 10 minutes when he cut into the penalty area from the left and fired a low, deflected shot into the bottom left corner to wrap up the three points.
"It was what we have practiced so many times with Edgar as he scored a number of goals like that last season,” Kim, asked about his assist for Edgar, told local media after the game.
“We prepared very well for this match; Guangzhou have more quality players than us so our coach told us to focus on stopping them.
“Jeong Seung-won was told to mark Paulinho tight and not let him go and he did so well. We are trying to be a good, solid team in this competition.”
Daegu began their campaign in fine fashion last week when they ran out 3-1 winners away at Australia’s Melbourne Victory to announce their AFC Champions League arrival in style.
More than 11,000 spectators then turned out for the visit of Guangzhou on Tuesday, and the 2018 Korean FA Cup winners showed that they were not overawed by a side who tasted Continental glory in both 2013 and 2015.
Edgar, who also scored against Guangzhou for Buriram United last year, now has three goals, while his compatriot Cesinha boasts the same number of assists.
There was initially some confusion about Kim’s first of the campaign, meanwhile, after the ball bounced back into play off the inside of the side netting.
"I didn't even know that I scored, and only realised when the fans started cheering and my teammates came to celebrate with me,” admitted the 26-year-old.
“As a forward, I thought it was my most important job to score for the team and I’m glad that I was able to do so.
"I was really motivated because of so many fans being at the game. We have a tight schedule but our fans are giving us so much energy. I hope they keep coming here and we will try our best to keep winning.”
Daegu sit three points clear on maximum points at the top of Group F ahead of a double-header against Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima in April.
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