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No major upset as semifinals set at nat'l football tournament

All News 10:01 August 12, 2021

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- As the largest national football tournament got whittled down to the final four, there was little of the giant slashing that had defined the competition in earlier days.

Yangju Citizen FC, the last semipro club left at the Korean FA Cup, lost to the K League 1-leading Ulsan Hyundai FC 2-0 in the quarterfinals Wednesday night.

Yun Il-lok of Ulsan Hyundai FC (L) takes a shot against Yangju Citizen FC during the quarterfinals of the Korean FA Cup at Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan, 415 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Aug. 11, 2021. (Yonhap)

Yangju, which play out of the K3 League, had earlier stunned four-time defending K League 1 champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the round of 16.

Yun Il-lok, who signed with Ulsan last month after 1 1/2 years in France, opened the scoring in the 21st minute. Forward Kim Ji-hyun got the insurance goal in the 75th.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Gangwon FC defeated the fellow K League 1 club Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2-0, behind two goals by Kim Dae-won. This will be Gangwon's first trip to the FA Cup semifinals.

In this photo provided by the Korea Football Association, Samuel Nnamani of Jeonnam Dragons (R) celebrates his goal against Pohang Steelers in the quarterfinals of the Korean FA Cup at Gwangyang Football Stadium in Gwangyang, 420 kilometers south of Seoul, on Aug. 11, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Daegu FC, another K League 1 club, rallied past the K League 2-leading Gimcheon Sangmu 2-1. Cesinha converted a penalty to tie the score at 1-1 in the 88th minute and then set up the winning goal by Kim Jin-hyuk during injury time. Daegu will be making their first FA Cup semifinals appearance since winning it all in 2018.

The only minor upset of the night came from Gwangyang, some 420 kilometers south of Seoul, where the home team Jeonnam Dragons of the K League 2 took down the K League 1 club Pohang Steelers 1-0.

In this photo provided by the Korea Football Association, Gangwon FC players celebrate their victory over Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the quarterfinals of the Korean FA Cup at Songam Sports Town in Chuncheon, 85 kilometers northeast of Seoul, on Aug. 11, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The winning goal came courtesy of Samuel Nnamani a minute into the second half.

Both of the semifinal matches will kick off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27: Ulsan hosting Jeonnam at Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan, 415 kilometers southeast of Seoul; and Gangwon hosting Daegu at Songam Sports Town in Chuncheon, 85 kilometers northeast of the capital.

In this photo provided by the Korea Football Association, Kim Jin-hyuk of Daegu FC (C) celebrates his goal against Gimcheon Sangmu in the quarterfinals of the Korean FA Cup at DGB Daegu Bank Park in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Aug. 11, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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